Chemist / Liquid / Lancaster,

United States, South Carolina, Lancaster

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 and apply standard scientific techniques, processes, and criteria in the development, adaptation, and modification of new and existing products and technologies while under the guidance and supervision of Project Leader, Senior Chemist, or similar.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities to include the following
- Complete assigned tasks related to the research and development of new products, new technologies, and updates of existing products using assigned materials and methods.

- Complete assigned tasks according to established plans and priority
Knowledgeable of materials, products, and technologies frequently used within the scope an assigned project or laboratory group organization.

- 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 


Vacancy data


Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

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North America


United States


South Carolina



Business unit

Speciality Coatings

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Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


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Job requirements/Candidate profile


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


5-10 years of experience related to coating formulation developments in the areas of cosmetics, consumer electronics and life style is required.
Selected candidate should have experiences in color development.
Experience in PSRA (Product Stewardship Regulatory Affair) is desired.

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. 

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).