• Dispersion Engineer

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


    Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. ("Axalta," or the "Company"), is a leading global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high performance coatings systems.  With over a 150-year heritage in the coatings industry, Axalta is known for manufacturing high-quality products with well-recognized brands supported by market-leading technology and customer service.

    Over the course of the Company's history, Axalta has remained at the forefront of the industry by continually developing innovative coatings technologies designed to enhance the performance and appearance of customer's products, while improving the customer's productivity and profitability. Axalta's diverse global footprint of 50 manufacturing facilities, four technology centers, 47 customer training centers and more than 14,000 team members allows the Company to meet the needs of customers in over 130 countries. Axalta serves its customer base through an extensive sales force and technical support organization, as well as through approximately 4,000 independent, locally-based distributors. The Company's scale and strong local presence are critical to its success, allowing leverage of the technology portfolio and customer relationships globally while meeting customer demands locally.

    Axalta operates its business in two operating segments: Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings, serving four end markets, including:  Refinish, Industrial, Light Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle, across the following four regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

    For more information please visit our website www.axalta.com or follow us on Twitter @axalta 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 a Scientist or Engineer to join its Process Technology team located at the Global Innovation Center in Philadelphia, PA at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The successful candidate for this job will become a key member of the Global Process Technology team.


    The primary responsibility of this position is to develop or improve dispersion process technologies and advance fundamental understanding of resin processes in support of Axalta growth and lean initiatives. The focus will be on dispersion process development, scale-up and manufacturing support. This includes use of various measurement techniques to quantify dispersion properties and development of understanding the relationship between key product attributes and critical process factors from laboratory to commercial scale.


    Key Responsibilities:

    • Optimize dispersion manufacturing processes for Axalta globally by generating improvement ideas, designing and performing experiments on laboratory and pilot scales and implementing recommendations on plant scale.
    • Collaborate with R&D product formulators to scale up and align dispersion intermediate products.
    • Oversee operation of the dispersion process laboratory.
    • Advance fundamental understanding of dispersion process technology.
    • Develop new tools for improving the methods by which we develop and scale-up new dispersion formulas.
    • Develop and use mathematical models and work closely with modeling community within Axalta to help develop processes for making dispersions.
    • Participate in dispersion manufacturing forum to support and/or troubleshoot plant dispersion process and quality issues.
    • Interact with Axalta personnel in the business and operations functions on a routine basis.
    • Provide coaching on technical issues to both peers and associate investigators.
    • Supervise technicians, organize work flow including setting and meetingdeadlines, and adhere to core values including safe work practices.
    • Function as key contact on teams related to quality, management of change, or others.


    Basic Qualifications:

    • BSc or higher degree in Chemical Engineering, with at least 5 years of experience in process engineering.
    • Knowledge in the areas of size reduction and color science.
    • Basic knowledge of pigment grinding techniques and manufacturing technologies.
    • Demonstrated ability to work and contribute in team environment.
    • Demonstrated leadership skills.
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
    • Effective written and oral communication.
    • Knowledge of designed experimentation and statistical data analysis.
    • Experience in mathematical modeling.
    • 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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