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Coatings Technical Service and Development Chemist - Engineer Job


Cary, NC, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Engineering & Technology
Posting Date:  Jan 21, 2023

Division:   Arkema Coating Resin                                                                             

Location:  Cary, NC





This position reports to the Coatings Application Group Leader




  • Responsible for connecting customers to innovative solutions through the formulation of existing commercial products and the development of new products
  • Responsible for identifying new technologies relevant to business needs and supporting customer specific programs
  • Responsible for leading projects to develop and commercialize new products
  • Responsible for driving successful technical interactions with at least one key commercial account




Development / Commercialization of New Products (50%)

  • Responsible for the development and commercialization of new technologies and product concepts that provide differentiated performance in the marketplace
  • Seeks to implement innovative solutions to problems and generate technical tools through formulations development, customer / industry understanding, and project leadership
  • Directs project teams in the execution of project plans
  • Ensure formulation, execution, documentation and reporting of high-quality experimental designs
  • Work with Synthesis and Process implementation teams to ensure alignment and delivery of technical goals, strategies and coordination of appropriate resources across the cross-functional team
  • Monitors technical literature to develop strong understanding of relevant external technologies and leverage to internal needs
  • Fosters an interdependent safety culture in all activities; ensures safe operations in all activities
  • Development of project plans, technical approaches, timelines, deliverables and IP strategy for assigned projects
  • Ensures high level of technical excellence through sound use of scientific principles, critical thought, creative problem solving, analytical thinking, open and honest communication of best practices
  • Supports stage-gate process through project management, tracking and reporting practices


Customer Interaction (50%)

  • Key technical link between our customers and R&D
  • Seen as the technical face for Coating Resins at our customers
  • Prepare timely project updates, presentations, and reports to peer and business stakeholders; ensures completion of formal reports upon completion of projects
  • Documents experimental work and ensures the timely filing of invention disclosures and patent applications
  • Provides regular updates of individual projects through monthly reviews, technical reviews, stage-gate reviews. Reports progress to management versus goals
  • Supports business strategies at key customers through participation in customer interfaces
  • Liaises with global teams to understand regional customer needs and provide solutions
  • Identify and establish opportunities for technical exchange and collaboration between internal and external groups to enhance capabilities and knowledge; maintains a strong technical network
  • Translate business goals to identify potential projects. Develops and refines project ideas and submits them to management for consideration
  • Earn the role of subject matter expert within business and wider corporation; influences project team colleagues (R&D, Business) and internal and/or external customers
  • Mentors peers and junior technical personnel




  • Works closely with Coating Resins’ customers and R&D synthesis, process scientists and engineers in the development and commercialization of new products
  • Works closely with peer group to ensure development and propagation of best practices and functional excellence
  • Travel required <30%
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents




  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science / Engineering, Material Science or related field
  • Experience in a coatings laboratory preferred
  • Ten or more years of experience in formulation and application development; Master’s degree with five or more years of experience




  • Demonstrated track record of technical success, technical knowledge and publications
  • Thorough understanding of the coatings industry
  • Business acumen
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficient in computer applications including; Microsoft Office; Excel; MS Project, PowerPoint
  • Ability to resolve issue in a collaborative manner for the overall satisfaction of key stakeholders, customers, and suppliers
  • Strong Communication and goal alignment skills between other functional areas


Relocation assistance is available for this role.


Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €9.5 billion ($10.6 billion) in 2021, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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