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Formulation Chemist

Company: GPAC
Location: Albuquerque
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary: Actively conduct formulation development activities for insecticide, herbicide, and fungicide formulations. This position applies broad formulation and active ingredient knowledge, implements formulation development plans and prioritizes formulation development investments for existing and new formulations for key product markets including: Pest Control, Turf, Animal Health, and Consumer Products.Duties and Responsibilities:--- Formulation Work (New and Existing Products):o Leads formulation development program designed to meet business objectives (generally 20-25 projects annually) o Maintains project timelines and effectively presents data on findingso Develops, evaluates and proposes formulation related research initiatives intended to drive value creationo Serves as the resident expert for herbicide, fungicide and insecticide chemistries, provides formulation development and technical understanding o Formulates a wide variety of formulation types (including: SCs, ECs, CSs, ZCs, gel baits, dry flowable, aerosols, granular baits, fertilizer granules, etc.)o With guidance from the Director of R&D, plan & develop new and robust formulations and manufacturing processes o Reformulation of existing products to keep pace with a changing marketplaceo Perform and monitor storage stability studieso When required due to regulation change or opportunity, reformulate products and associated manufacturing processeso Perform rheological measurements and other common test methods, such as emulsion and particle size testing, used for formulation characterizationo Execute product modification, formulation and development efforts oriented toward commercial applicationo Conduct formulation development by designing experimental plans based on the defined deliverables, synthesizing microcapsules or other product formulations as neededo Produces high quality formulation samples in sufficient quantity for prototyping, field and regulatory testing o Ensure technical information meets the highest scientific standards, and provides quality technical results, data interpretation and summarization to support and reinforce product positioning and business recommendations developed from these results--- Cross - Functional Team Collaboration and Communication:o Collaborate with cross functional teams to establish in new product development strategy, project definition and working timelineso Interface with research, business, manufacturing, marketing, regulatory, and quality functions regarding project updates and product advancemento Coordinate activities with the ADAMA global formulation and technical teams including production, quality and other technical resourceso Collaborate with Production and support with specific technical data required for successful scale up and pilot batches of new formulationso Collaborate with local and off-site engineering to identify root causes and lead resolution of production issues o Provide technical support as needed to quality, operations, and other departmentso In collaboration with purchasing, investigate and test new chemical and packaging materialso Acts as a liaison with customers' technology groups and provide technical support including presentations to diverse audiences globally on an as needed basiso In collaboration with the PD Analytical Chemist, provide technical data to support regulatory submission--- Lab Safety, Hygiene and Maintenance:o Develop and enforce all laboratory hygiene, safety, security, and housekeeping policies and procedures o Alert Direct Manager of any needed repairs, equipment or resourceso Develop and maintain R&D data bases o Maintain digital archive of lab batches, formulations, and formulation processeso Maintain a detailed laboratory notebook for all projectso Log and compile stability data into cohesive reports--- Lab Budget Management:o Responsible for managing lab supply budgets with direct management oversighto Provide input for Capital Purchases as needed and for future expense planningo Responsible for lab inventory management of supplies including formulation components, inerts, equipment, and active ingredients--- Future-Forward Formulation Development Mindset:o Maintain a consistent habit of conducting literature and patent searches and patento Prepare and apply new technologies to a wide variety of agrochemical formulations o Keep abreast of industry trends, competitive information, and anticipate industry changes Qualifications:--- BS in Chemistry required, MS preferred--- 7-10+ years' experience in Formulation Lab Technician/Research--- Knowledge of domestic acceptable inerts for our uses and markets--- Extensive experience and knowledge in chemistry (polymer and formulation) and materials science is essential--- Hands-on laboratory experience with formulation technology such as microencapsulation, colloids, coacervation, and crosslinking chemistry--- Ability to write clear scientific reports and effectively communicate results and recommendations to team members and collaborators--- Strong oral and written communication skills--- Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, across functions, and external partners--- Ability to resolve key project hurdles--- Ability to prioritize responsibilities and multi-task --- Experience in the use of routine pesticide formulation testing tools such as viscometers and particle size analyzers* Experience in a start-up environment with tight deadlines is desirable* Expertise in handling and use of processing equipment such as wet and dry grinding mills, high speed mixers and granulators* Strong organizational, time management, prioritization, and decision-making skills* Knowledge of laboratory operations and safety requirements* Understanding of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) requirements is beneficial, but not required* PC skills (spreadsheet, word processing, presentations): Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint* Strong math, analytical, and problem-solving skills * Schematic and blueprint reading ability is beneficial* Ability to work well in a team environment and communicate effectively with all levels within the organization* Ability to manage projects independently--- The individual will possess sound scientific judgment, will be highly flexible and creative with a commitment to learning, strong problem-solving skills, and effective communication* Understanding of Product Development methodologies and industry-accepted quality standardAll qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, age, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable laws or regulations.GPAC (Growing People and Companies) is an award-winning search firm specializing in placing quality professionals within multiple industries across the United States for the past 31 years. We are extremely competitive, client-focused and realize that our value is in our ability to deliver the right solutions at the right time.

Keywords: GPAC, Albuquerque , Formulation Chemist, Other , Albuquerque, New Mexico

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