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Senior Research & Development Associate/Chemist – Coil Coatings


  • This position will support the development, formulation & commercialisation (testing, customer approval / qualification, application & process development) of the Coil Coating product line for Metal Packaging, Architectural, ACE, Protective & Speciality application industries
  • This position is in direct support of the manufacturer’s business goals and market objectives
  • This incumbent is responsible for using acquired technical expertise to further the development and support of commercial products
  • Provides independent thought, contributes to and designs his/her own experiments
  • Follows experimental procedures and generate reliable data in a timely manner
  • While this is a laboratory-based position travel may be required in support of ongoing sales/support & customer service

The Successful Applicant: Our client is looking for a Senior Research & Development Associate professional with the following background and experience:

  • Must be located in or be willing to relocate to Barcelona, Spain (central Europe)
  • B.S. Degree in a technical field such as Chemistry, Polymer Science, Coatings Science, Material Science, Physics, or Chemical Engineering is required
  • MSc or PhD. Degree if less than 10 years’ experience with formulation in Organic Coatings
  • Must have experience in product scale-up, manufacturing, implementation & development of raw materials, monomers, liquid resins additives & solvents
  • Strong knowledge & background in Polyurethane Chemistry, epoxy & polyster formulation
  • Strong knowledge in solvent & water based coatings, 1K/2K solvent & water based epoxies, anti-corrosion & anti-weathering formulations
  • Strong background & knowledge base in Printing systems for wood, marble, copper imitation systems
  • Experience in R&D, stage-gate process, computer literacy with knowledge of ISO requirements preferred
  • Proficiency in English is essential
  • Additional of German fluency is desirable
  • Must have at least +8 years’ experience in formulation of Coil Coatings

You will be responsible for:

  • Product development of projects efficiently and effectively to achieve target objectives; work closely with regional business partners
  • Establishing and maintaining close working relationships with colleagues nationally & globally
  • Support implementation, training and customer needs
  • Conduct laboratory activities supporting prospective customers including, but not limited to, development and completion of test matrices, application trials, and data analysis within agreed-upon timelines
  • Support QC functions by ensuring thorough testing of companies manufactured products to ensure product quality
  • Conduct laboratory application and experiments in support of next-generation products to gain deeper product knowledge and to facilitate introduction and commercialization
  • Support technical service by designing and conducting laboratory experiments to troubleshoot existing and new customer systems to determine source(s) of problems
  • Support Commercial department & assisting with go-to-market strategies
  • Support marketing initiatives by preparing display parts and field samples, generating supporting data and participating in customer training when required
  • Act as analytical liaison between customers
  • Effectively communicate results with clear, concise reporting, develop corrective procedures, write, validate and distribute other technical information as appropriate to technical, management, sales and customer representatives
  • Maintain a safe, organized laboratory in compliance with all established R&D policies
  • Directing activities of assigned technician(s) toward achieving project objectives
  • Stay current with scientific and technical advances & explore new opportunities in emulsion polymers and/or resins chemistry and processes
  • Collaborate with research colleagues & CEO
  • Developing testing procedures and formulate Coil Coatings

Job description:

  • Work cross functionally with R&D Operations, Manufacturing & Technical teams to determine market needs within the industry and assist in identification of innovative solutions
  • Apply both fundamental principles and creativity to the development of global specifications for incoming raw materials & additives
  • Have a passion for continuously learning and applying experience for developing new products
  • Establish formulation guidelines based on a deep understanding of the key chemical and physical interactions in Coil coatings formulations & knowledge of end applications
  • Mentor junior chemists and technicians
  • Hands-on experimentation and superior problem-solving skills along with to work and partner effectively with individuals outside of own organization
  • Implement coordinate raw material changes across cross functional teams (Technology, Operations & Procurement)

The expected salary range of this position is estimated to be in the range of €120-150K compensation package with additional social & performance bonus’

Job Reference: RDRACC

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Salary Range

€120,000 - 150,000


Spain, Barcelona