Research and Development Chemistry Manager

Location: North Central, AR

Company: Specialty Chemical Manufacturing

Position: Senior Development Scientist & R&D Chemist Group Leader

Location: North Central, AR

Compensation: Salary $100,000 to $130,000 Based Upon Experience plus Bonus

Benefits: Comprehensive Insurance, Relocation and Retirement Package


Position Summary: Our Client operates in three streams of revenue generation: Custom/Toll Manufacturing (Chemical additives and intermediates), Performance Chemicals, and Biodiesel. The company serves various markets such as pharmaceutical intermediates and products, nylon and polyester fibers, cleaning products, agricultural products, paints and coatings, and fuels and energy.

As a Development Scientist and Group Leader, you will be responsible for designing and overseeing laboratory experiments to support the development of targeted proprietary and specialty chemicals. The ideal candidate for this role is a creative chemist with a PhD and experience in conceiving and demonstrating synthesis routes, as well as transitioning organic chemical procedures from lab scale to full production. A qualified individual will develop lab procedures based on information found in the public domain literature and create new synthetic routes for targeted chemicals. The documentation of work in the form of internal technical reports and patents, as necessary, will be a critical aspect of the job. This position offers a variety of chemistry work with no two days being the same.

Position Requirements:

  • PhD in Organic Chemistry
  • Strong understanding of synthetic organic chemistry
  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Leadership and motivation of technical teams
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Proficient in literature searches
  • Legally allowed to work in the US without restriction or sponsorship
  • 10+ years of experience in an industrial laboratory setting is preferred
  • Manager and leadership skills is preferred

Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage a team of chemists in the laboratory
  • Drive technical innovations aligned with business strategy
  • Interact directly with customers regarding ongoing projects
  • Identify and nurture business leads to foster new opportunities
  • Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams (lab, engineering, manufacturing, sales, HSE, etc.) for product commercialization
  • Design cost-effective synthetic routes for specialty and fine chemicals across various markets
  • Collaborate with the analytical lab group to develop necessary tests for product and process development
  • Provide technical support to improve existing processes in the plant
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