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Senior Metalworking Development Chemist

Summary

The Senior Metalworking Development Chemist at QualiChem provides experienced technical support for Production, Customer Service, Marketing, and Sales. This person has a primary responsibility to lead the development of new products and formulations, and to support efforts to continually improve existing products. In addition, the Senior Metalworking Development Chemist is involved in providing experienced troubleshooting and Quality Control services for Production. Job functions include project management, new product formulation, laboratory measurements (wet and instrumental), and data entry and analysis. He/she is responsible for providing a safe and clean work environment and for maintaining accurate and timely records.  All activities are performed in the spirit of teamwork and cooperation practiced at QualiChem.

Essential Job Duties

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. New Product Development
    1. Prepare and develop new laboratory formulations with little or no supervision.
    2. Conduct stability and applications testing on formulations.
    3. Recommend alternate raw materials or procedures for formulating new products.
    4. Provide test results for internal and competitive products.
  2. Production Support
    1. Lead laboratory efforts to aid in the solution of problems during batch manufacture.
    2. Aid in the assessment and handling of non-conforming products.
    3. Blending products in the laboratory to aid in the development of specifications and procedures.
    4. Maintain and analyze retains of new formulations.
    5. Maintain pH meter and other instrumentation in the plant as specified.
  3. Quality Control
    1. Team with production personnel to assure the quality of QualiChem products.
    2. Provide information from laboratory work that will allow the writing of blend instructions.
    3. Establish control parameters for products (pH, viscosity, etc.).
  4. Distributor Technical Support
    1. Analyze field samples using wet and instrumental methods.
    2. Perform analyses to aid in the determination of the composition of competitive products.
    3. Formulate product samples.
  5. Technical Competence
    1. Provide accurate and timely results
    2. Suggest new procedures, techniques, instrumentation, etc. as needed.
    3. Keep aware of new developments, procedures, and instrumentation.
    4. Consultative with suppliers to obtain information necessary for job functions.
  6. Safety
    1. Read and be familiar with the contents of the Hazard Communication Program and Safety Manual.
    2. Wear safety glasses and other appropriate safety clothing and equipment.
    3. Practice safe laboratory procedures.
  7. Laboratory Cleanliness
    1. Clean and organize bench tops, drawers, and desk area.
    2. Maintain cleanliness and working order of all instrumentation and equipment.
    3. Organize and maintain raw material samples in the laboratory chemical closet.
  8. Record Keeping
    1. Maintain laboratory notebook.
    2. Maintain sample data log.
    3. Understand and utilize our ERP system (ChemPax).
  9. Teamwork
    1. Effectively communicate with customers, customer service, vendors, vendor technical support, etc., in person, on the telephone, and by email.
    2. Provide prompt and effective assistance when required by unplanned events.

Qualifications

  1. Education:
    1. Bachelor’s degree or higher in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering or related engineering field.
  2. Experience:
    1. Minimum 10 years’ experience in a Metalworking product development role:
      1. 5 years minimum experience in formulating water dilutable metal removal products, metal cleaners & corrosion preventatives.
    2. Knowledge of the operating principles of analytical instrumentation, including its capabilities and limitations, used to analyze metalworking fluid samples for specific actives, contaminants, etc.
    3. Minimum 3 year’s international metalworking formulating experience and international metalworking supplier experience.
  3. Technical Competence:
    1. Knowledge of cutting and grinding processes
    2. Knowledge of metallurgy

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, reach, talk, hear and use repetitive motion of wrists, hands and fingers. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing lab samples, data and figures; extensive reading and viewing a computer screen. The employee on occasion may be required to exert up to 20 pounds of force to move objects.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

QualiChem is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer meaning that we make all decisions concerning the terms and conditions of employment, from hiring to firing, to the services and benefits we provide, on a non-discriminatory basis. All such decisions are made without regard to an individual’s race, color, creed, religion, age, sex/gender, national origin, disability, genetic profile or any other status protected by federal and applicable Virginia law.

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