NewMarket Services

Data Scientist - Operations Research

Location US-VA-Richmond
Information Technology



NewMarket Corporation is the parent company of Afton Chemical Corporation and Ethyl Corporation. Afton Chemical is one of the largest global suppliers of lubricant additives and offers a broad line of fuel additives worldwide. 


This data scientist position will utilize analytical, statistical, optimization, and programming skills to collect, analyze, and interpret large datasets. The role requires the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders and functional teams to uncover data-based insights to deliver improved business outcomes. 


  • Design and implement mathematical models to drive product development, financial, operational, and/or strategic decisions
  • Implement model prototypes using optimization and statistical toolkits such as CPLEX, AMPL, and R
  • Research, design and prototype robust and scalable models based on machine learning, data mining, and statistical modeling and optimization to answer key business problems
  • Build tools and support structures needed to analyze data and perform data manipulation tasks in conjunction with best practices
  • Work with engineering teams to deploy algorithms and models into robust production models
  • Keep current with the latest developments in the field by continuous learning and adapting new methods relevant to the problems at hand



  • MS in Operations Research, Statistics, Computer Science or other related field
  • 2 years of experience researching, developing and implementing optimization algorithms for various business needs, including operations planning and production scheduling
  • 2 years of experience solving large optimization problems using linear / non-linear / integer / dynamic stochastic programming, as well as heuristic approaches.
  • 2 years of experience building and deploying machine learning models
  • 2 years of experience using SQL
  • 1 years of experience in R development
  • Knowledge of fundamentals of machine learning, data mining and statistical predictive modeling, and extensive experience applying these methods to real world problems
  • Ability and inclination to work in multi-disciplinary environments, and desire to see ideas realized in practice



  • 5+ years of experience solving large optimization problems using linear / non-linear / integer / dynamic stochastic programming, as well as heuristic approaches.
  • Automotive, chemistry/chemical, or petroleum additive related academic background or work experience


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.




  • 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.

Working at NewMarket

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 we feel about our neighbors and communities.

Our Work - At NewMarket, 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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