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Research And Development Specialist / Chemist

Company: HR Systems
Location: Council Bluffs
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Applichem is looking for an outside-the-box thinker with a knowledge of chemistry and a passion for physically testing, experimenting, and compounding. Products/formulas and projects would span 2 industries: adhesives/sealants/tapes and natural cleaning products.
A day in the life might include:

  • Testing the strength of a new adhesive through pull tests etc
  • Confirming viscosity of an adhesive
  • Trying 3 or 4 different adhesives to determine the best fit for a specific substrate
  • Tweaking an existing formula of a cleaning product to suit it better to a specific application
  • Testing a cleaning product to determine its effectiveness
  • Researching ways to improve or reduce costs of a formula by substituting different raw materials
  • Comparing a competitors adhesive or cleaning product and recommending an alternative
  • Providing technical assistance to the sales/marketing team on products
  • Creating sample batches of cleaning products to send to potential customers
  • Creating a mock up batch and transferring to full scale production
  • Creating a report from testing to submit to sales, or submit to a customer
    R&D / Testing
    • Research and test new product innovations
    • Prepare reports based on testing findings
    • Test products according to customer/prospect requirements to assist in sales process
    • Test and further develop existing products
    • Help prepare new product innovations for production or sale
    • Test newly sourced products in comparison to existing products or product/project requirements
    • Tensile
    • Shear
    • Viscosity
    • Elongation
    • "eye test" performance
    • Document every step of testing thoroughly
    • Review and test as needed competitor products and make recommendations from existing product range or relay product requirements to sourcing team to source
    • Review new applications and test products and make recommendations for best options based on criteria received from sales team
    • Oversee and manage testing, certification, etc that may be required on a product by product basis
    • Collaborate with operations and production on bringing production in house for products as applicable
    • Test products to standards as set out by customers and or industry standards
    • Test and prepare filing documents for products to be rated or certified for certain standards
    • Take products from testing/lab production phase to floor production
    • Technical Resource
    • Review of SDS and TDS for compliance
    • Help with preparation of SDS and TDS
    • Research and advise on questions regarding technical nature, formulations, compliance etc
      Lab Work
      • Ensure lab is clean and in compliance
      • Ensure regular calibration of lab equipment
      • Perform lab batches and tests on products as required
        Requirements
        • High school diploma or equivalent
        • Experience and some knowledge of the purchasing processes involved in manufacturing
        • Detail and task-oriented
        • Task and deadline-oriented
        • Adaptable to change
        • Self-motivated and self-driven
        • Process-driven and/or willing to follow set out processes
        • Comfortable with change and fast-moving environment
        • Team oriented
        • Ability to learn and operate software (Salesforce CRM & NetSuite ERP are utilized)
        • Ability to deal with high-pressure situations
          Please provide a resume with references.

Keywords: HR Systems, Council Bluffs , Research And Development Specialist / Chemist, Other , Council Bluffs, Iowa

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