JOB Summary: Reporting to the Head of Global Product Development, this critical position enables the execution of growth strategy. In this position, the formulation chemist will develop and evaluate new end-use products according to market and customer needs, using specialized formulation technology and processes. The formulation chemist will work closely with other members of the formulations team supporting Global Product Development initiatives.
The formulation chemist will also conduct specialized physiochemical testing on candidate formulations and competitive products to determine how well formulations will perform under actual use conditions, conduct or outsource required regulatory studies, assist in manufacturing scale up and production, and trouble-shoot field performance problems. Formulation chemists also ensure that intellectual property is developed and freedom to operate is ensured for new formulations.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: College degree required; a Master’s of Science or Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or materials science preferred. An advanced degree is not required for individuals with adequate experience. Knowledge of agricultural formulations, their use, physical testing requirements and new technologies amounting to at least 5 year’s experience in the development of agricultural formulations is essential to perform this job.
Experience with successfully developing new formulations and products are necessary, and a working knowledge of global regulatory requirements and protocols for physical testing of new formulations is a plus. Must have a working knowledge in formulation and analytical chemistry equipment and its use, as well as a basic knowledge of analytical chemistry. This position requires a Working knowledge of patent processes and intellectual property management. Fluency in English (verbal and written) is essential for this position, and knowledge of a second language, such as Spanish or Portuguese is beneficial.
60% Develop and evaluate new formulations for global proprietary product portfolio, focusing on product differentiation and added value attributes. Develop new intellectual property and ensure freedom to operate for new and existing products.
10% Conduct physical and chemical evaluations of candidate formulations and competitive products to address global needs. Conduct or outsource regulatory studies related to formulations according to Global Regulatory guidelines and needs.
10% Prepare samples for global field trials and provide needed information on sample handling and use.
10% Maintain and develop knowledge of competitive products and novel technologies. Utilize to identify and develop novel products portfolio. Reverse engineer competitor products where appropriate. Build relationships with University/research institutes and industrial provides with formulation expertise
5% Project Management – ensure that design goals for new formulation projects, and project plans are prepared, documented aligned with stakeholder needs for formulation activities. Coordinate work on specific projects at other, or external laboratories where appropriate, utilize and maintain databases for assigned projects.
5% Provide technical support to various stakeholders, support manufacturing scale up, cost reduction efforts and production. Work closely on product development teams with Global Product Development and Marketing Managers, Field Researchers, Supply Chain and Manufacturing staff, Registration Managers, Patent Attorneys and other formulation chemists within the firms network.
Change Management – Understands and recognizes the need for change; responds positively to new situations, obstacles and opportunities. Takes responsibility for inspiring, leading and executing change in an effective way.
Communication – Speaks, writes, listens and presents information in a logical and articulate manner, appropriate for the audience; ensures that information is shared and understood.
Creativity – Seeks out and implements novel solutions that improve processes, systems, products, or services.
Customer Focus – Strives to understand and fulfill the needs and expectations of internal and/or external customers.
Individual Development – Is self motivated, has energy and drive, is self-aware, deals with challenges and takes ownership of continuous individual development
Results Orientation – Holds self and/or others accountable for accomplishing work commitments and deliverables; understands the targeted results he/she is accountable for and actively strives to achieve them; Sets high standards of performance for self and/or others.
TRAVEL: Less than 10% of the time; international travel may be required
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