• Dispersion Scientist

    Job ID
    US-PA-Philadelphia - Navy Yard
    Full-Time Regular
    Functional Group
    Business Segment
  • Overview

    About Axalta

    Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions.  From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer.  With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the approximately 14,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axalta.com and follow us @Axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn


    See link:  http://www.axaltacs.com/content/dam/Corporate/Documents/About%20Axalta/Axalta%20Brochure%202018.pdf


    Role Summary:

    Axalta Coating Systems is seeking an experienced Dispersion Scientist with a strong background in formulation, pigments, rheology, and colloid science to join our global Research and Development organization. Ideal candidates would also have experience with dispersion processing from lab to production scale. The scientist will collaborate with other functions within the technology organization to develop new or improved pigment dispersions for our OEM, refinish, and liquid industrial coating systems. They also work closely with resources in marketing, manufacturing, color formula development and sourcing to identify business needs and help define the pigments and testing necessary required to support the business goals. The scientist will be visible to a wide range of global leaders and experts; ability to communicate effectively across multiple functions and organization levels is required.

    The successful candidate will join Axalta’s Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Philadelphia, PA. The GIC group develops high performance coatings for the Transportation, Refinish, and General Industrial markets.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Develops new or improved dispersions, including formulation, stability/durability testing, and pigment selection for automotive, performance and industrial coatings.
    • Applies statistically designed experiments and six sigma methods to conduct research and validate results.
    • Supervise technician(s), organize work flow, including setting and meeting key deadlines.
    • Participates in creation of best practice processes for dispersion testing and qualification.
    • Networks with global business, marketing, manufacturing, sourcing and technology personnel to maximize effectiveness of technical programs and implement results.
    • Networks with suppliers of critical color materials (such as pigments and dispersants).
    • Networks with external resources in academia, professional societies and customers to gather and apply information to technical and business objectives. 
    • Minimal travel required


    Basic Qualifications: 

    • MS or PhD degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with at least 5 years of experience in pigments, dispersion process, color science, or formulation.
    • Demonstrated ability to get results.
    • Effective written and oral communications to multiple levels of the organization.
    • Demonstrated ability to bring a strategic perspective to complicated issues, with a data-based approach and analysis tools.
    • Demonstrated ability to perform efficient experiments to identify issues, develop relationships and validate results. Must be able to interpret, analyze and apply numerical color and appearance measurements.
    • Candidate must possess strong problem solving skills. 
    • Candidate must have a working proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
    • Willingness and ability to travel (<10% of working time).
    • Share Axalta’s values of integrity, critical thinking, effort, and efficiency.

    Key Behavioral Competencies:

    • A change agent that has successful track record of building strategic relationships with key stakeholders and leaders globally.
    • Action and results oriented.
    • Executive Presence
    • Strong business acumen
    • Ability to take complex, disparate information and translate into executive summaries.
    • Excellent organizational & relationship management skills
    • Ability to multitask and prioritize work in a self-directed capacity
    • Ability to balance the potentially competing needs of multiple customers in a matrix environment
    • Outstanding communication skills and ability to operate across countries, communicate and coordinate effectively across organizational boundaries
    • Ability to positively influence others, create a passion for excellence, and execute multiple projects while meeting customer expectations
    • Project Management knowledge and capability


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