Team Leader

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!


Where the Chemistry Happens…


We are seeking a Team Leader to join our Catalyst Division located in Iselin, NJ.

The Catalyst Division of BASF provides fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts and additives used globally in refineries to produce gasoline and other high value hydrocarbon products. Evaluation of these catalysts in our R&D laboratory is an integral part of the business process and provides valuable data to our customers directly, to our Sales & Marketing Teams, and to our Researchers.


Team Leader (1700741)


You will work with catalyst R&D, as well as technology and technical service teams on the business side to promote BASF’s Refining Catalyst business. You will direct the small scale catalyst evaluation team toward providing the highest quality data and service to our internal and external customers. This is achieved by analyzing the data and continuously seeking quality improvement in test methods and in the team’s execution of laboratory tests. You have a measure of accountability for the laboratory infrastructure and the unit operations within it. These are the specific unit operations that this team leader is accountable to maintain as well as to assure operational reliability:


  • Small scale FCC catalyst deactivation units - fluid bed steaming reactors and cyclic metal deactivation units (CMDU)

  • Bench scale FCC catalyst evaluation units (ACE and MAT),

  • Gas Chromatographs for refinery gas and boiling point (Simulated Distillation) analysis, and other specialty applications

  • Catalyst attrition testing - Air Jet (ASTM D5757) and Roller units


Formula for Success: You Will…


  • Establish statistical reliability of catalyst test methods by using appropriate statistical analysis and then ensure that once established the reliability does not drift. Use the standard techniques of statistical process control to maintain a high standard of performance.

  • Identify operational problems in catalyst evaluation by observing and studying system functioning and by performance results. Listen to and investigate complaints and suggestions from customers. Be integrally involved in troubleshooting the unit operations and procedures to achieve optimal results.

  • Help achieve organizational goals by accepting ownership for executing new and different Technical Service requests, aimed at expanding customer acceptance of BASF catalysts to meet their individual refining needs.

  • Maintain quality service by enforcing quality and customer service standards, analyzing and resolving quality and customer service concerns, identifying trends, and in conjunction with the Technology team by leading the customer to catalyst solutions.

  • Develop a cohesive team that helps the company achieve its strategic objectives. Accomplish staff results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results; coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; developing, coordinating, and enforcing systems, policies, procedures, and productivity standards.

  • Participate in interdepartmental teams to assure uniformity of testing results and methods across sites. One example would be the Quality Assurance Committee.

  • Participate in cross functional teams aimed at continuously improving our ability to acquire, analyze, and automatically transmit catalyst evaluation results to our customers by the most efficient means possible.

  • Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organizations.


Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…


Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.


Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent


  • Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…

    • PhD in chemical engineering , mechanical engineering or petroleum engineering with at least 2 years’ experience in catalyst Research and Development, or Master’s degree in chemical, mechanical or petroleum engineering with 5 + years of experience or a Bachelor’s degree in chemical, mechanical or petroleum engineering and 7+ years of relevant work experience required.

    • Knowledge of FCC catalyst testing and deactivation is highly desirable but not required. Prior experience in FCC catalyst R&D and in materials science including physical or chemical characterization would be a plus.

    • Strong knowledge of process equipment and maintenance requirements as well as analytical equipment and methods required .

    • Previous experience leading a project team and supervising multiple technicians preferred

    • Previous experience writing technical reports required

    • Previous experience interacting across functional groups within a business unit preferred


To apply, please visit: and look up Job# 1700741.


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