NewMarket Services

Sr. R&D Engineer/Chemist – Process Development

Location US-VA-Richmond
Category
Process Development

Overview

About Us

Afton Chemical Corporation is part of the NewMarket Corporation (NYSE: NEU) family of companies, and is one of the largest global suppliers of lubricant additives and offers a broad line of fuel additives worldwide. 

 

Responsible for process development and commercialization of new products. Support a cross functional integration of activities of R&D, Business, Purchasing and other supply chain functions on a Global scale in support of new product commercialization, process improvements, raw material economics and security of supply.  Work is relatively complex and performed independently under general direction.

 

Responsibilities

  • Develop products defining the manufacturing processes from bench scale studies with first-time manufacturing success. 
  • Perform process conceptualization and techno-economic feasibility studies. 
  • Develop fundamental correlations between process conditions and process chemistry. 
  • Support quality control and troubleshooting efforts in pilot and/or commercial scale facilities. 
  • Champion safe and efficient process research. 
  • Support stage-gate processes to develop opportunities for product and process improvement. 
  • Provide guidance for R&D during early product conceptualization to develop a testing plan consistent with the manufacturing process. 
  • Assure that complete ISO documentation is maintained on all ISO or quality related activities. Participate in ISO related activities and maintain an up-to-date understanding of the ISO function.

Qualifications

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE MINIMUMS:           

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering (or other relevant science field, such as Polymer Science, etc.)
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of applicable process chemistry and/or engineering principles and application of those principals in a research and development environment typically acquired after at least 5 years of relevant experience

 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE PREFERRED:

  • Advanced degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
  • Experience directly related to applicable product or product category
  • Six Sigma Certified

 

For NewMarket or Afton employees, an appropriate combination of experiences that will support the required skill base may replace one or more of the specific experience requirements above.

 

          SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Decision Making - Decision making in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; sometimes with incomplete information, under tight deadlines and pressure; while based upon appropriate risk and authority
  • Business Insight - The understanding of the basis for our business model and how that is realized in the market. The understanding of how business and operations are intimately linked. The ability to utilize information, practices & trends, affecting the business to engage and drive new strategies and tactics work in the marketplace.
  • Analysis and Problem Solving - Solves difficult problems with effective solutions; asks good questions and questions all likely sources for answers; can solve complex problems and recognize complex patterns; utilizing all appropriate tools to reach a robust answer.
  • Communication - The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively in an engaging and convincing manner.
  • Managing Performance - Possessing the drive and focus to achieve challenging goals.
  • Collaboration and Networking - The ability to work in and across Afton's organizational matrix to achieve business objectives, via engaging and rewarding interactions. Through this network provide support, exert influence.  Influencing without authority.
  • Project Management - The ability to manage tasks and activities and achieve their completion within the agreed framework, across regional and organizational boundaries
  • Innovation - The openness to new ideas and the ability to generate breakthrough solutions. Can develop, seek out, critically assess and implement new and value adding concepts.
  • Dealing with Uncertainty - Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty
  • Demonstrates acceptable statistical applications to assigned area
  • Consistent demonstration of safe lab practices and procedures

 

Working at Afton

 

Who We Are - We're a diverse, global family of individuals, who share a passion for developing innovative solutions. We build our professional relationships on respect, integrity and a commitment to safety and quality. Just as these values apply to our professional relationships, they also apply to the way feel about our neighbors and communities.

Our Work - At Afton, our innovative R&D programs lead to global growth. Our lubricant and fuel additives are among the most highly developed and widely used in the petroleum industry. Afton is a recognized and trusted supplier of driveline lubricant additives, engine oil additives, fuel additives and industrial lubricant additives.

Benefits / Compensation - We offer competitive compensation and benefit packages that reflect our commitment to our employees. Our employees are our most treasured asset and we have dedicated resources that allow us to reward our employees for their commitment on an ongoing basis - ensuring our compensation packages are competitive in the industry.

 

 

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the individual’s race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, status as a military veteran or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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