Product Development Chemist in Itasca, IL at Kester

Date Posted: 6/5/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    800 West Thorndale Avenue
    Itasca, IL
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    At least 5 year(s)
  • Date Posted:
    6/5/2019

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Product Development Chemist will conduct materials research and experiments to develop electronic interconnection assembly materials. The successful candidate will develop new soldering materials at the lab level and will also lead the effort to ready new products for mass production through a manufacturing scale-up process.

 Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop new and improve current solder paste, liquid flux, tacky flux and cored wire products
  • Interface with customers and sales team regarding VOC and evaluations of new products
  • Determine new product performance specifications
  • Contact suppliers to obtain new raw materials and technical information for evaluation
  • Develop new test methods to differentiate new products from previous products and/or competitive products
  • Manage new product design process
  • Work with scale-up process engineers to bring new materials into mass-production
  • Assist Product Management team with data collection for brochures, supplemental data packages, and other marketing materials
  • Work on specific customer issues and solve internal manufacturing problems
  • Perform routine maintenance of equipment and work area
  • Support other departments as needed (QC, Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing)
  • Train less experienced staff in the department
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Additional duties and tasks as assigned

Job Requirements

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below 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.

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. A related technical graduate degree is highly desired
  • Minimum of five (5) years professional chemistry experience with chemical/materials synthesis and test experiences
  • Have good knowledge of the soldering materials, electronics assembly process, electronic industrial standards & test methods, DOE design, statistical analysis, DFM and dFMEA methodologies, and proven application of this knowledge through professional experience
  • Strong project management skills to consistently meet deadlines
  • Proven problem-solving skills, open minded for new knowledge and work methodology
  • Strong verbal and written communication with excellent presentation skills; ability to effectively interact with customers and employees within all levels of the organization
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficient computer skills - MS Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.); JMP and/or Minitab is a plus
  • Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Takes initiative; able to function independently and make independent decisions
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. as a precondition of employment
  • Sponsorship is not available for this position

 Travel Requirements

Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally as necessary to fulfill the job responsibilities.  Travel estimate for this position is estimated to be up to 10%.