Senior Chemist,

United States, Michigan, Troy

Business unit: Speciality Coatings

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


Evaluate, select, and apply standard scientific techniques, processes, and criteria in the development, adaptation, and modification of new and existing products and technologies. This position represents significant professional work knowledge and experience.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities to include the following:
Conduct research and development of new products, new technologies, and updates of existing products using innovative ideas, materials, and test methods.

Knowledgeable of materials, products, and technologies commonly encountered within the business area.
Ensure robustness in all phases of research and development through the use of accepted techniques including DOE, FMEA, SPC, and others as required.

Provide training and supervision for Technicians by identifying development needs, mentoring, administering PDD, and planning/scheduling activities such as experiments and projects.

Provide technical assistance and support to Production, Sales, and Marketing in support of product scale-up, quality control, application testing, and other cross-functional activities

Know and observe company and location health and safety requirements.
Maintains detailed technical records in the form of a Laboratory Notebook or Computer Databases.

Provide progress reports, monthly and quarterly reports, technical plans, and project summaries to ensure appropriate communication of project status and needs

Maintain and develop professional contacts including company personnel, vendors, and customers

Maintain a safe and clean work environment in accordance of company safety rules to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local environments and safety regulations

Oversee specific functions and/or locations, as required
Travel requirements are light, typically 0-4 trips annually

Participate in Special Teams including safety, HSE, housekeeping, etc as required
Performs additional duties as assigned and required

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Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States





Business unit

Speciality Coatings

Sub business unit

Speciality Coatings_North America

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Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile

To perform this job satisfactorily, 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 duties.

Minimally, a Bachelor’s Degree in a related, scientific field.
Preference is given to a Master’s Degree level and degrees in Chemistry and/or Coatings

Typically 10 or more years directly related experience

Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to keep detailed records. Ability to write reports summarizing data and work results.
Must be fluent in American English.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to apply concepts of algebra, geometry, basic statistics, and computer spreadsheet calculations.

Computer Skills
Minimally able to use MS Word, Excel, and Outlook at a proficient level.
Minimally able to perform common tasks utilizing MS PowerPoint, MS Project, Optiva and SAP.
Prefer ability to utilize all indicated software at a proficient level.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to understand, interpret, and execute a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, and/or schedule formats. Ability to organize and present data in graphical and tabular formats. Ability to interpret data and develop insights based on knowledge of chemical structures and reactivity, propose and test hypotheses, and draw conclusions.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tool, or controls. The employee is regularly required to walk and sit. The employee is regularly required to lift objects up to 40 pounds. The employee is regularly required to wear a variety of personal protective equipment including safety glasses, safety shoes, chemical resistant gloves, laboratory coat, and/or positive and negative pressure respirators. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision.

Color Aptitude
Color aptitude of 60 or greater are typically required for new employees. Scores of 50 or greater may be accepted based on balance of experience and training.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to fumes and airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

At discretion of R&D Management.


As a leading coatings and specialty chemical company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).