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Product Development Chemist

Job Title: Product Development Chemist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Munster
Industry:
Contact Name: Gerry Kennedy
Contact Email: gerry@rftgroup.ie
Job Published: 6 months ago

Job Description

Product Development Chemist
 
With a client base comprising leading blue chip multinational corporations, our client is a highly successful multinational company enjoying a leadership position in the development and manufacture of pressure-sensitive adhesives, tapes, speciality films, coatings, and laminates. Consistent double digit growth has led to the need for a newly created role with their R+D Team based in the Mid West.  

The newly appointed Product Development Chemist designs and develops new tape constructions and processes consistent with the Product Development Process. Develops improvements to existing products and / or processes.  Investigates customer complaints and product non-conformances.

      Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participates in identifying future R&D needs and formulating plans to address.  Plans and manages own projects.  Participates in development of project plans for larger scale projects.  Reviews and defines project requirements with Supervisor.
  • Develop product constructions and processes, including all experimentation/evaluation and specifications assembly.  Designs & conducts chemical experiments on both lab- and production-scale utilizing new and established methods with the intent of achieving specific desired material attributes.  Projects may involve basic research and/or product development.  Contributes to design and specification of production scale processes and validation thereof.
  • Define test methodologies and requirements.  Prepares test samples and conduct tests on chemicals and/or materials as required to support programs
  • Analyses technical data from both experiments and property testing to draw conclusions.  Documents project work in lab notebooks, issues reports, and maintains files on projects.  Completes any necessary regulatory forms.
  • Interface with Associates from other departments as needed (e.g. cross-functional teams).
  • Interfaces with external customers consistent with program requirements.
  • Maintains an active awareness of technology inside and outside the Company (including competitive benchmarking).  Interfaces with customers on new product applications.  Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Proactively contributes to the development and maintenance of a safe work environment for self and associates.
  • Makes identifiable and substantial contributions to continuous improvement. Performs all duties consistent with established guidelines consistent with ISO-9001 and those elements of GMP deemed necessary to support our business (as outlined in the Quality Manual).  Actively complies with and endorses Department and Company objectives.

Job Specifications:

  • BS degree (or higher) in chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer science or materials science and/or significant industrial experience.  Adhesive formulation, mixing process and coating process experience preferred.
  • Must communicate fluently in English
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of company information
  • Ability to perform duties with moderate supervision
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Requires an aptitude to use sensitive test equipment
  • Knowledge of computers & related word processing, spreadsheet & e-mail software – Microsoft preferred.
  • Ability to employ statistical analysis techniques

cv to gerry@rftgroup.ie