Senior Analytical Chemist position – PolyOne

Job Title: Senior Analytical Chemist Job Function: R&D and Technology
   
General Summary  
Familiar with and has experience in fire science and/or UL certification testing and capable of problem solving using reliable analytical data obtained by various analytical techniques (X-ray fluorescents, inductively coupled plasma instrumentation, etc). Must write clear and concise reports from analysis of the data.  Responsible for providing timely responses to internal and external requests and for providing accurate quotes for external customer projects.
   
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Knowledge of UL certification testing.
  • Ability to execute testing in the area of Polymer fire science utilizing Cone Calorimeter, Oxygen Index and other tests to resolve issues.
  • Understand chemistry as it relates to flammability of polymers.
  • Responsible for the safe operation of the XRF and ICP labs providing solutions for problems involving metals analyses.
  • Understand inorganic chemistry as it relates to the performance of polymers.
  • Provides project management for analytical projects from within the organization as well as from external customers.
  • Prepares and presents technical documents to customers.
  • Perform the routine and experimental analytical methods and protocols in an accurate and reproducible manner.
  • Contributes ideas to members of a group formed to resolve analytical problems.
  • Sets priorities for analytical projects to help bring them to completion in a timely fashion.
  • Assists senior scientists within the group as the demands of the businesses change.
  • Directs the work of junior staff assigned to them.
   
Required Qualifications  
Knowledge/Education/Certifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or other related field.
  • Advanced degree is a plus.
Skills
Technical Competence

  • Can apply multiple theories and concepts in experimentation and trouble-shooting.
  • Has more in-depth scientific understanding and relevant experience.
  • Has technical proficiency to be self-sufficient.
  • Understands Design of Experiment.
  • Work speed is faster with better accuracy.
  • Familiar with EHS standards and codes.

Leadership Skills

  • Understands customer requirements and translates them into technical projects.
  • Capable or leading project teams.
  • Expands technical network beyond his/her own Business Unit.
  • Capable of developing new tests and approaches.

External Awareness

  • Developing network of customer and vendor contacts.
  • Growing understanding of customer markets and applications.
  • Has attended conferences and industry shows and begun to build market knowledge and trends.
  • Has visited customers and presented technical work.

Communication

  • Gets buy-in from others for personal projects.
  • Comfortable giving oral presentations.
  • Provides clear communication on larger projects to wider audiences.

Results-oriented

  • Had demonstrated ability to complete more complex experimentation/projects on time and within budget.
  • Completed projects have resulted in direct financial gains for Business Unit.
  • Clearly understands how project outcome impacts business unit top and bottom lines in line with PolyOne and business unit strategies.

Business Acumen

  • Can explain PolyOne’s strategies externally from a high level.
  • Aware of testing and other technology costs and strives to minimize them.
  • Aware of options of IP protections.
  • Provides necessary input for technician performance.
Experience
  • 5+ years of related, progressively responsible experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Requires a strong working knowledge of the polymer industry.
   
Other – including any key reporting relationships (i.e., reports to CEO)
 
This description is not intended to be all-inclusive and other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

 

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