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Senior Scientist

Company: Axalta Coating Systems
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:


Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. ("Axalta," or the "Company"), is a leading global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high-performance coatings systems. With over a 150-year heritage in the coatings industry, Axalta is known for manufacturing high-quality products with well-recognized brands supported by market-leading technology and customer service.

Over the course of the Company's history, Axalta has remained at the forefront of the industry by continually developing innovative coatings technologies designed to enhance the performance and appearance of customers' products, while improving the customer's productivity and profitability. Axalta's diverse global footprint of 50 manufacturing facilities, four technology centers, 47 customer training centers and more than 14,000 team members allows the Company to meet the needs of customers in over 130 countries. Axalta serves its customer base through an extensive sales force and technical support organization, as well as through approximately 4,000 independent, locally-based distributors. The Company's scale and strong local presence are critical to its success, allowing leverage of the technology portfolio and customer relationships globally while meeting customer demands locally.

Axalta operates its business in two operating segments: Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings, serving four end markets, including: Refinish, Industrial, Light Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle, across the following four regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

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Primary Responsibilities

Axalta Coating Systems is seeking a Senior Scientist to join its global Axalta Research and Development group at the Global Innovation Center in Philadelphia, PA. The ARD group develops and supports high performance coatings for the automotive refinish, light vehicle/OEM, commercial transportation, and general industrial markets.

The Senior Scientist will advance our fundamental understanding of coatings technology and will develop improved coating formulations in support of Axalta's growth initiatives. This includes linking desired product attributes to fundamental structure-property behavior in the coating, formulating coating compositions to control this behavior, characterizing paint systems through various measurement techniques, and providing technical support to manufacturing and customers as necessary.

  • Develop coating formulas to meet targeted performance, application / appearance, film properties, and cost specifications
  • Organize objectives, set milestones and deliver results against aggressive timelines, according to the New Product Development process
  • Collaborate with a global, multifunctional team in the development, scale-up, and commercialization of novel coating systems for key markets
  • Devise new and creative approaches to solve problems and to advance product performance and technology. Design experiments to build technical understanding
  • Develop intellectual property protection for inventions
  • Contribute to translating customer and market requirements into new projects targeted for growth in traditional and adjacent markets
  • Document and communicate technical progress and innovations in laboratory notebooks, and through reports and presentations, both internally and externally
  • Maintain a clear and up-to-date understanding of customer and market needs, technical literature and competitive landscape
  • Supervise technician(s), organize work flow, including setting and meeting key deadlines, and adhere to core values, including safe work practices
  • Comply with all requirements for laboratory safety, quality, and regulations


Minimum Requirements

  • PhD in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Chemical Engineering, or Material Science strongly preferred
  • At Least 5-10 years of industrial experience, preferably in coatings
  • Knowledge of product development and formulation
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to contribute in a team environment
  • Experienced with leading small teams and with cross-functional collaboration
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of designed experimentation and statistical data analysis is a plus
  • Willingness and ability to travel (~5-10%)
  • Must be physically able to stand, walk, reach, climb or balance, and kneel
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close and distant vision and color vision

"Please note that Axalta Coating Systems will not accept any candidate profiles sent unrequested and unsolicited by recruiting agencies. Axalta Coating Systems collaborates with preferred providers based on framework agreements and will not pay any fees to recruiting agencies without an agreement. Should Axalta Coating Systems receive a candidate profile form a recruiting agency with which there is no framework agreement, and should the respective candidate be considered or hire, this will not entitle the recruiting agency to claim payment or fees."

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