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Plant Chemist in Kalkaska, MI at ITW Specialty Products

Date Posted: 5/20/2019

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Job Description

Coding Products (Kalkaska, MI) is a member of the ITW Specialty Films division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW), a Fortune 200 global multi-industrial manufacturing leader, and is part of the Specialty Products Segment.  ITW Specialty Films designs, manufactures and markets specialized coated and/or metalized films for the Transaction Card, Security Documents, Medical IV bags, and Consumer Packaging markets. The division leverages unique core competencies and technologies in films, foils, laminates, holography and transfers to address customer needs globally. The Division has operation in North America and Europe. 

As Plant Chemist you will support day-to-day operations in our solvent based coating facility.  As part of a dynamic operational team, you will help manage quality, manufacturing processes and customer support projects from concept to commercialization reporting to the Quality Manager.  After developing an understanding of our products, you will also be instrumental in helping improve existing products and processes to reduce scrap and reduce cost.  The Plant Chemist works internally with personnel at all levels of the organization supporting both internal and external customers.


What you will do . . .

  • Interact with manufacturing staff to make determinations regarding coating uniformity, print quality, color control, mix ratios and formulation adjustment.

  • Diagnose performance issues and understand the functions of each chemical component in a formulation.

  • Management of manufacturing documents.  Reviewing and archiving documents.

  • Review quality control documents and procedures.  Perform quality audits and verify current practices against documentation.  Update standard operation procedures when necessary.

  • Maintain and verify function of test equipment.

  • Customer complaint management with plant personnel.

  • Quality team member.

  • Customer technical support with an ability to troubleshoot customer problems onsite. Answer questions from Sales, Customer Service and Vendors.

  • Assist with new process development, coating and evaluating raw materials and products.

  • Use, understand and maintain laboratory equipment.

  • Understand documentation, safety requirements and safe practices for use of chemicals.

  • Understand the operation of ERP software (Microsoft NAV) and provide technical support to operations (coating, mixing, slitting and customer service) to help resolve ERP operations related issues.

  • Safety Data Sheet management and understanding.

  • Perform other duties as required.

Job Requirements

What skills, abilities and experience we are looking for. . .

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with a minimum 5 years of relevant experience preferred.
  • Ability to build effective partnerships with cross-functional team members at all levels within the organization to achieve quality and operational goals.
  • Ability to effectively analyze a situation and determine the best path to resolution.
  • Good communications skills.

  • Ability to work with chemical and solvents

  • Ability to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Take this opportunity to join a successful and enthusiastic team where you have an opportunity to make a significant impact immediately.  You will enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental, prescription drug, vision, life insurance, 401K with an immediate company match and additional company contribution, wellness programs, employee discounts, paid vacation and holidays, and a corporate matching gift program for charitable donations! 

ITW Specialty Films is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system due to your disability, please email hrdept@ to request assistance. No other requests will be acknowledged.


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