The Dow Chemical Company has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Senior TS&D Scientist/Application Technology Leader in the Paper Coatings segment, part of Dow Coating Materials (DCM) preferably located in Collegeville, PA or Midland, MI.
DCM provides innovative raw material technologies that help advance the performance and sustainability of a broad portfolio of polymeric binders, dispersants, rheology modifiers, surfactants, defoamers, and wetting agents for a wide variety of end markets, including architectural paints, traffic markings, industrial coatings, paper packaging, metal packaging, and performance additives.
DCM's product portfolio for paper packaging includes a range of products and chemistries used in coating systems for paper, paperboard, and specialty papers. We offer a broad portfolio of technologies, such as POLYCO™ and RHOPLEX™ binders that are well-known in the paper industry and have earned a reputation for excellence. Our award-winning RHOBARR™ barrier coatings are enabling new advances in sustainable paper and fiber-based packaging with unique combinations of superior barrier performance, processability, and certified repulpability/recyclability.
The Senior TS&D Scientist/Application Technology Leader will align to the Paper Coatings segment, which is a strategic investment area and a top growth priority for DCM. The candidate will partner closely with value chain partners and commercial and technical leadership to support existing business, drive growth in new applications and markets, and influence development of technologies to enable the next generation of sustainable fiber-based packaging.
You are motivated to join a collaborative, creative, fast-paced, environment with opportunity to grow your skills, expand industry presence & impact, and deliver technical and business results. In this influential role, you will be the critical interface between external market stakeholders and internal Dow stakeholders in the R&D and commercial organizations and apply your talents to a wide range of activities including new product development, technical support for customer-driven projects, and product & process improvements. You have strong personal initiative, communication & prioritization skills, passion for advancing development of sustainable materials, and demonstrated track record of success in technology commercialization. Given your specialized knowledge and organizational influence, proactive coaching and mentorship of colleagues will come naturally, and you enjoy teaching, growing, and developing others. Finally, inclusion and diversity are critical to the Paper Coatings team’s success, and your unique background, experiences, and perspectives will help drive innovation, customer satisfaction, and profitable growth.
Your Key Responsibilities Include:
Drive technology implementation
Identify and drive opportunities to deliver profitable business growth through the adoption and expansion of Dow’s products in strategic applications.
Provide hands-on collaborative technical support throughout customers’ development cycles and communicate effectively with current and potential customers on the use, handling, and management of Dow products.
Apply deep expertise in end-use applications, including formulation, coating processes, and article fabrication and evaluation, to help differentiate Dow and Dow technology from competitive offerings.
Generate scientific hypotheses that frame key questions associated with product development efforts and ensure that sound technical hypotheses, theory, and experimental design are used by all team members.
Apply a one-Dow mindset and seek opportunities to position cross-business Dow technology solutions to maximize probability of success and create value for Dow and the customer.
Define new business opportunities & shape technical direction
Use technical and business acumen to articulate clear value propositions for customer, market, and product development activities.
Understand emerging market trends and the full range of competitive products and their capabilities. Integrate information into team activities and projects to secure freedom to practice and capture new intellectual property.
Partner with R&D and commercial counterparts to create a vision and multigenerational technology plan for strategic application areas in alignment with business strategy.
Participate in the Paper Coatings Global Market Management Team to represent key technical developments with customer in North America region and support global teams as needed.
Visible industry leadership
Represent Dow Coating Materials as a recognized industry expert in key external organizations. Use personal influence in order to shape outcomes and directions in these organizations.
Establish and maintain strategic relationships with customers and brand owners to understand and influence market trends, industry needs, and material selection requirements.
Maintain active awareness of new technologies, market trends, patent and journal literature, etc. and share effectively with team.
Demonstrate thought leadership through publications in peer reviewed and trade journals and presentations at key industry association gatherings.
Conduct technology assessment and exploration
Identify and analyze technology-based, new business opportunities with growth potential for Dow Coating Materials, including technical assessments and pursuit of M&A, Licensing, Strategic Alliances, and Joint Development agreements.
Actively participate in the shaping and piloting of high-impact research concepts or business models through active engagement with internal teams and current/potential customers to advance “test & learn” cycles and accelerate innovation process.
Domestic relocation assistance is available for this role and may be provided based on eligibility.
Must be willing and able to meet all applicable requirements related to business travel (e.g., as to immigration and visa rules, public-health mandates, airline rules, etc.) into and out of (and physical presence in) various countries world wide
Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Chemistry, Engineering, Paper Science & Engineering, or a science related field.
8+ years of experience in Paper and/or Packaging industry
A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.
12+ years of experience in Paper and/or Packaging industry
Customer / Market facing business experience and solid financial acumen
Established history of technology pipeline development
Experience in working effectively across functions and geographies
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Broad knowledge of material science, formulations, and polymers
Broad knowledge of coating processes and fabrication equipment employed in the Paper and/or Packaging industries.
Successful track record of project leadership and new business growth
Willing to travel (~10 – 30%) for customer and/or internal meetings
Join a team that’s passionate about partnership. With careers at Dow, we take time to explore questions and talk to each other. We love to learn. Our people are driven by limitless curiosity.
We are an innovative, customer centric, inclusive, and sustainable materials science company.
•Employing 36,500 individuals
•Across 109 manufacturing sites
•In over 31 countries
Our portfolio of products and solutions include:
•Plastics: With new technology trends, our plastic additives can be experienced in many everyday items including vinyl, blow-molding bottles, film, rigid containers, PVC plastics, siding, decks and rails, foam pipes and profile formulations, window frames and high-efficiency lubricants.
•Industrial intermediates: As the product of a reaction that is beneficial when used as a precursor chemical for another product, industrial intermediates can take on many shapes and forms. Ours are used in home comfort and appliance, building and construction, adhesives and lubricants, and more.
•Coatings: Whether it’s a water-based coating or solvent-based coating, a thin film is deposited on materials to enhance specific properties such as enhanced performance, durabili...ty, aesthetics, and sustainability.
•Silicone businesses: Our silicone-based materials can withstand more demanding applications, from those operating at extreme temperatures, to those under harsh environmental conditions for long periods of time.
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