NewMarket Services

Driveline Formulator

Location US-VA-Richmond | UK-Bracknell
Research and Development


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. 


The objective of this role is to develop driveline fluids for electric/hybrid applications and automatic transmissions to meet the technical needs of key global OEMs as directed by manager.


  • Technical lead and / or project lead for customer specific and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) based formulations globally as directed. Visit customers / OEMs as needed
  • Performs formulation and testing activities to meet established project objectives. Effective project management via use of the Afton Product Development Process.
  • Participates in technical and/or project reviews and presents findings as appropriate for internal and external audiences.
  • Build relationships and be the primary technical resource for formulation questions for supported OEMs.
  • Engages with assigned teams and cross-functional stakeholders, such as Business, Process Development, Marketing, CTS (Customer Technical Services), Mechanical Testing, OEM Relationship Team, etc.
  • Represent Afton in technical conferences, societies and other industry activities. Maintain adequate level of technical expertise and self-development through study, seminars, etc.  Stay informed of advanced developments inside and outside of Afton.
  • Provide strategic insight for OEM opportunities.
  • Promote Afton’s culture, values, quality, and safety principles.




  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering (or other relevant science field)
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of applicable chemistry and/or engineering principles and application in a research and development environment typically acquired after at least 5 years of relevant experience




  • Advanced degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering (or other relevant science field); PhD is strongly preferred
  • Experience directly related to applicable product or product category (ATF and electrified powertrain fluid formulations)




  • Creative thinking and planning – Ability to identify additive approaches / formulations to meet customer needs.
  • Decision Making: Ability to use structured processes and tools to make decisions
  • Relationships: Ability to network, build, and nurture relationships within and cross-SBU teams and external customers; ability to work well with others and to influence without authority
  • Communication: Ability to communicate in timely and effective manner to wide variety of Afton and external customers. Writing of technical reports and presentations required. Able to explain the complex in understandable manner to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Organization: Use of Project Management, Stage Gate, and structured processes to consistently deliver results when working on complex and multiple programs.
  • Positive attitude, independent worker, flexible, responsive, and pro-active
  • Formulation experience is strongly desired
  • Statistical background and use of DOE (design of experiments)
  • Able to travel as required with up to 25% domestic and/or international travel at times

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 we 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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