• Senior Research Associate / Technical Lead

    Job ID
    2018-3179
    Location
    US-PA-Philadelphia - Navy Yard
    Type
    Full-Time Regular
    Functional Group
    Technology/R&D
    Business Segment
    Corporate
    Region
    Americas
  • 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

    Responsibilities

    Role Summary:

    Axalta Coating Systems is seeking an experienced Ink or Coatings Formulator to join the R&D team and lead product development programs.  This assignment will be located at Axalta’s new Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Philadelphia, PA.   This role is responsible for developing new coatings to be applied with droplet jetting devices.  As such the formulator should be familiar with ingredients used in both inks and paints and how these ingredients are manipulated to achieve desired properties.  This program has a strong application aspect, so skills to characterize fluid rheology are highly valued.  The person in this role will take the lead on formulation programs with significant interactions with raw material suppliers, resin synthesis experts, and application specialists and will lead the development team that runs experiments related to digital paint jetting and film deposition.

     

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Manage formulation programs and related R&D projects.
    • Lead a small team of professionals and associates to perform designed experiments.
    • Define critical tests to relate coating properties to end use performance criteria.
    • Summarize and present findings to management and external customers.
    • Responsible to understand and expand IP estate using innovation.
    • Stay abreast of application technology related to digital printing industry and translate new technology and processes to commercializable products

    Qualifications

    Basic Qualifications:

    • Ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering; at least 7 years of experience will be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
    • The successful candidate will have formulation experience with inks and/or coatings.
    • Understanding of printing and spraying applications.
    • Capability to adapt to rapidly evolving market with loosely defined objectives.
    • Excellent written & oral communication skills to internal and customer audiences.
    • Project management and experience with Stage-Gate process
    • Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills. 
    • Share Axalta’s values of integrity, critical thinking, effort, and efficiency.
    • Candidate must have a working proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
    • Willingness and ability to travel (<10% of working time).

    Additional Qualifications:

     

    Key Behavioral Competencies:

    • A change agent that has successful track record of building strategic relationships with key stakeholders globally.
    • Action and results oriented.  Attention to details
    • 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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