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Lab Chemist I 1 Job


Chatham, VA, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  261203
Posting Date:  Oct 9, 2021

Arkema has established itself as France’s leading chemical producer and a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials. With annual sales of €8.8 billion and 20,000 people employed in some 55 countries, the Group pursues ambitious recruitment objectives both in France and around the world. Arkema offers diverse employment opportunities in 200 job functions and professions in four major fields: industrial, R&D, business, and support functions.

Reaching far beyond your discoveries!

Regarded as one of the world’s leading innovators, Arkema has made research one of the pillars of its strategy. For example by discovering new solutions to help reduce the weight of materials, hence cut down consumption. By developing innovative thermal insulation systems that can optimize the energy performance of buildings. Or by seeking new applications for its biosourced products at the service of greater sustainable development.

Innovative and durable solutions

Our high performance products have applications in wide-ranging areas, from new generation car batteries or telephones to recyclable wind turbine blades, from adhesives for the protective backsheets of solar panels to drinking water filtration systems, from running shoes and acrylic resins with no solvent and no volatile organic compound for 3D printing to molecular sieves for portable oxygen devices used by people suffering from respiratory failure… Joining Arkema means being part of a Group enjoying sustained growth that in little more than a decade has built up an exemplary achievement record, setting high ambitions for itself and for its employees. All our job opportunities are open to people with disabilities at equal merit or with equal skill levels.

The Lab Chemist 1 conducts all testing required to ensure that raw materials received and finished products produced are in compliance with acceptable specifications and notify the Quality Supervisor/ISO Coordinator of any issues.  Sartomer is a manufacturer of UV curable coatings and adhesives and is developing a portfolio of products in the 3D inks space.  Production of our chemicals is a 24/7 operation which may may require the lab chemist to work night and/or weekend shifts depending on schedule assigned assigned.  

Key Activities and responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Laboratory Operations (85%)

  1. Approve raw materials and input results, when necessary.
  2. Independently perform analytical testing on finished goods and input results into LIMS.
  3. Data entry into SAP, when necessary.
  4. Independently perform preventative maintenance and repairs on lab instrumentation.
  5. Re-approve finished goods and materials to extend the expiration date.
  6. Validate calibration status of test methods by running SQC samples.
  7. Validate weekly and monthly calibration status of analytical instrumentation.
  8. Preparation of lab solutions and standards.
  9. Work with production operators, as needed to troubleshoot lab problems.
  10. Monitor laboratory consumables.
  11. Troubleshooting instrumentation, including phone assistance with vendors as needed (associated with preventative maintenance and repairs on Lab instrumentation)


Operational Excellence and HES Activities (15%)

  1. Assist Quality Supervisor/ISO Coordinator with special projects and quality investigations.
  2. Participate in plant Behavior Based Safety program.
  3. Generate and implement continuous improvement ideas based on outcomes of troubleshooting or quality pillar initiatives.
  4. Business Unit knowledge; continually seeks to understand the processes in production, warehouse, maintenance and HES.  Understands the role of quality in relation to all the other departments; working with a sense of urgency to provide support in a timely manner. 


Context and environment

  • Manufacturing environment with chemical, physical, ergonomic, and electrical hazards.  Work includes a variety of physical and biological conditions including, but not limited to, moving mechanical parts, working with sharp tools, and exposure to chemical hazards. 
  • Work is primarily performed in the laboratory; worker is exposed to some outside environmental conditions.
  • Work requires use of protective clothing and equipment, which may include, but not be limited to, eye protection, head protection, respiratory protection, and foot protection. 
  • Noise level in the work environment is below the OSHA permissible exposure limits.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements.
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents.
  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds (handling waste drums, gas cylinders, laboratory supplies)
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods with occasional walking and sitting.



Required Education/Qualifications /Work experience

  • BS degree in Chemistry or equivalent field of study.
  • Laboratory experiences required (minimum of 3 years analytical laboratory experience preferred).
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Software.



Demonstrated Competencies


  • Must be able to work independently as well as in groups.
  • Analytical thinking skills; gathers information, identifies relationships and formulates logical conclusions.
  • Clear communication; tailors communication based on the audience to present ideas clearly and concisely; able to work with and commincate effectively with both management and floor operators.
  • Critical thinking skills; identifies problems and solutions, providing detailed insight and constructive criticism into problems and complex situations.
  • Agile learner; quickly comprehends new problems and situations and is able to figure things out in a short amount of time taking a hands on approach.
  • Deliver results in a timely, completely, accurately manner.  Anticipates possible roadblocks and modifies plans to achieve the result.
  • Flexible and adapting to change: demonstrates positive attitude and contributes to changes.
  • Quality driven; attentive to detail and accuracy.  Monitors trends and identifies root causes for quality issues.
  • Organization skills; accurately anticipates length and difficulty of tasks.  Plans work effectively to meet routine testing and high priority projects.


A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion ($10.4 billion USD) in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

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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