The Senior Development Chemist will lead projects targeted at enhancing the performance of existing DGA products, developing new applications for existing DGA products, and developing new DGA products. They will also serve as the department expert on materials.
This position encompasses the responsibility to manage, encourage, guide, and impassion other scientists assigned as coworkers in a project, and to participate in the effort as a scientist. This effort requires the ability to manage within the discipline of a project management process.
The ultimate measure of this position’s success is commercialized products and applications and, therefore, the Senior Development Chemist will interface and communicate with DGA customers during the development process, requiring the presence and communication skills to represent the DGA Brand.
Understand the environment of use for a new product and customer satisfaction criteria
Execute new product and application research utilizing formal Project Management tools
Define project scope and tasks and plans
Direct activities according to the project plan
Develop the understanding of the chemical process theory required by the project scope
Develop internal and customer plan to validate the chemical process theories
Analyze and interpret data
Act as the liaison between the department and its internal and external customers’ research/scientific staff, as required
Maintain knowledge of scientific and technical developments
To work with and provide subject expertise to other scientists
Laboratory wet chemistry and instrumentation analysis experience
Principles, theories, practices and methodology for evaluating, designing, and completing scientific investigations
Silica and silicate chemistry
Adsorption and surface chemistry
Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate results with appropriate interpretations, conclusions, and recommendations to both scientific and executive management
Demonstrated capability to design and manage field trials
Demonstrated experience in taking a project from laboratory to pilot plant to production
Demonstrated experience to identify new project-product opportunities
Demonstrated experience in developing a project plan and managing it within time and outcome expectations.
Demonstrated experience to modify plans based upon “failure in hypothesis”
5-7 years of experience in successful chemical development efforts
2-3 years of experience managing multi-member development teams in a project management environment
Demonstrated inventiveness/creativity supported by inquisitiveness of failure
Demonstrated sense of urgency and initiative
Understanding of the principals of organoleptics is a plus
Experience working in or supporting the food industry is a plus
Experience in paper making is a plus.
Administrative experience and education
MA or MS in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
We offer an excellent benefits package including Bonus, Profit Sharing, 401K match, health, wellness and more!