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Sr. Chemist in Solon, OH at ITW Polymers and Fluids

Date Posted: 6/3/2019

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    Solon, OH
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Job Description


Job Summary:

This position entails all aspects of product development and support, including innovation and new product conception/feasibility and formulation preparation, as well as problem troubleshooting and the implementation of differentiating product improvements to our current product line.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead development and testing of innovative products
  • Coordinate, monitor, and perform (as needed) field testing of new systems
  • Utilize both new and existing products to develop solutions for various market applications
  • Conduct competitive product evaluations and benchmarking of relevant products
  • Develop and perform qualitative tests such as adhesion, chemical resistance, etc., and clearly report results and observations
  • Evaluate new and existing specialty chemicals and polymers for suitability in development projects
  • Assist in redesign of existing products to meet customer requirements
  • Scale-up of new prototype products including all monitoring and evaluation of field testing prior to final approval and production
  • Develops mutually beneficial, respectful, and effective relationships with peers to ensure seamless coordination between departments, maximize synergy, and maintain a shared vision, strategy, and focus
  • Responsible for determining the technical feasibility of New Product Development projects as well as materials of composition and the method of manufacture
  • Maintain a high level of awareness of current product and market trends to support product line growth and innovation
  • Ensure safety by both identifying potential hazards and observing all safety requirements
  • Travel up to 10%


Minimum Qualifications:

  1. BS degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or applicable field.
  2. 5-7 years relevant work experience.
  3. Experience with core silicone, anaerobic and aqueous Chemistries and performance properties. 
  4. Must be innovative, flexible, curious and have exhibited visionary success by identifying and successfully translating market ideas into tangible business solutions. Must have demonstrated success in reading market conditions, understanding and prioritizing speed and urgency based on changing market conditions.
  5. Must have proven & successful new product launch experience, including intimate familiarity with innovation funnel, stage gate product development process, strong supplier relationships and effective product lifecycle planning.
  6. Design, testing, validation process expertise

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Proven portfolio management and project/process management experience
  2. Business acumen and excellent presentation skills (to customers, vendors, senior internal staff)
  3. Experience in the Automotive industry


  • Must have a solid strategic view that positions the business to win in markets
  • Results orientation—understands the importance of delivering tangible results and embraces accountability
  • Can effectively apply an “outside-in” approach to solutions and opportunities, seeing through the eyes of the consumer and customer
  • Anticipates and manages complex situations
  • Understands 80/20 methodology and can drive strong financial results and growth targets
  • Personal composure under pressure
  • Balances data, logic and intuition in decision-making

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. This job description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this position.  Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.