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Sr. Development Chemist

Sr. Development Chemist

Job Description

PPG Industries' vision is to continue to be the world's leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. PPG is committed to providing a fulfilling workplace for employees, creating an environment for continuous learning and embracing the ideas and diversity of others. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit

PPG Industrial Coatings has earned a reputation for innovative, high-performance products and world-class service. Serving the world’s top manufacturers and supply chain partners with a wide range of leading technologies, PPG enables customers to achieve their industrial coatings goals.
PPG Industrial Coatings produces coatings for appliances, agricultural and construction equipment, consumer electronics, automotive parts, residential and commercial construction, wood flooring and many other finished products. We are committed to ongoing research and development of innovative technologies. From pre-treatment and electrocoat, to liquid, powder and even ultra-violet (UV) and electro-beam (EB) coatings, PPG can meet virtually any coatings challenge
Located in Oak Creek, Wisconsin the Sr. Development Chemist will report to a Development Associate in this plant environment while collaborating with peer Chemists, Technicians, field sales/service, manufacturing and external clients/customers.  The Sr. Development Chemist will be responsible for formulating, spraying, testing and troubleshooting solvent based liquid coatings to meet customer specifications and requirements in the industrial coatings market. This is a “hands-on” position that will require an exceptional understanding of structure / property relationships, and bench engagement in the design, formulation, and testing of coatings. You will also be participating in customer visits which will require you to travel less than 25% of the time.
Additional Responsibilities:
  • Develop new coatings and modify existing coatings to achieve continued sales and profit growth.  Plan and carry out multiple development programs for a major market segment or technology
  • Provide customer support through scale-ups, trial runs and technical expertise
  • Provide production support through anticipating and resolving technically related production problems
  • Drive compliance with PPG Environmental, Health and Safety policies
  • Acquire knowledge of and participate in the Quality Process
  • Provide training and direction for a limited number of junior Chemists
  • Maintain a clean and safe work area by following established housekeeping procedures and safety policies

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelors Degree or Master of Science in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering or Biochemistry
  • At least 5 years experience with solvent based coatings formulation
Preferred Qualifications (In addition to the Required Qualifications):
  • At least 8 years experience with solvent based coatings formulation
  • Experience with Polymer Synthesis
  • Six Sigma trained/certified
  • Strong understanding of fundamental chemistry and polymeric structure / property relationships
  • Disciplined problem solving skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams with both internal employees and with external customers
PPG prides itself on the quality of its employees and as such, candidates who receive a job offer will be required to successfully pass a hair drug/toxins test and a background check.
PPG Industries, Inc. offers an opportunity to grow and develop your career in an environment that provides a fulfilling workplace for employees, creates an environment for continuous learning, and embraces the ideas and diversity of others. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, pregnancy, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. PPG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Job Snapshot

Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Science
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Manufacturing
Required Travel None
Job ID 1400004525
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Sr. Development Chemist

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