Manager Analytical Chemistry - 50832839

Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103, United States
May 14, 2018
Jun 13, 2018
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Our world needs ideas! As one of the world's most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 13,500 employees from 70 nations.

WACKER SILICONES is one of the world's leading silicone manufacturers with silicone-based system solutions with more than 3,000 different products - silicone fluids, rubbers and resins, silanes and pyrogenic silica. At our Ann, Arbor, MI, Research and Development Center, we are currently looking for a Manager,Analytical Chemistry.

The purpose of this position is to lead the WACKER Chemical Corporation's North & Central America analytical team. The analytical team is responsible for supporting R&D, technical marketing, and process chemistry teams primarily for silicone based products and technologies.
The Manager – Analytical Chemistry will utilize strong technical expertise and leadership skills to deliver analytical excellence in a broad range of standard and advanced analytical techniques to internal customers. This will include the management of broad non-routine analytical requests, as well as the participation in research and development projects from idea conception through product commercialization, in dynamic and cross-functional teams.

Your Tasks
• Provide leadership and technical direction for analytical team to prioritize and meet the technical needs of internal clients - R&D, technical marketing, and process chemistry.
• Solve analytical challenges by consulting and guiding technical clients from R&D, technical marketing and process chemistry
• Review, evaluate, and interpret analytical data, reports, and manuscripts of analytical team
• Develop, qualify, and validate new analytical methods and transfer methods from other WACKER sites
• Maintain, adjust, and grow the technical capabilities of the analytical organization to meet the client's current and future needs and to keep state-of-art analytical capabilities, including maintenance, budgeting and procurement of instrumentation
• Initiate and conduct continuous improvement initiatives to reduce cost, improve quality and enhance the contribution of the analytical team
• Collaborate with WACKER's global analytical organization to further expand analytical service capabilities
• Guide in collaborating with external analytical labs.

Your Profile
• Education: M.S. in Analytical chemistry or related disciplines required, Ph.D. preferred.
• Experience : Ph.D with minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in industry or MS degree with 7 or more years of relevant experience in industry is required
• Strong leadership and project management skills; management or supervisor experience in a laboratory setting for at least 3 years
• Extensive knowledge and experience with using analytical tools including GC, DSC, GC/MS, NMR, HPLC, FTIR, ICP, GPC, SEC, AA, XRF; including calibration and instrument maintenance
• Expertise in development and validation of analytical methods for analysis of small molecules, polymers, and surfaces
• Considerable knowledge of laboratory safety policies and practices
• Knowledge of budgeting and accounting practices, cost control, and project management
• Excellent organization and skills, sufficient to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities. Must be able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team
• Knowledge of silicone chemistry, understanding of statistical tools such as DoE is a plus
• Strong oral and written communication skills required.
• Ability to creatively problem solving, lead investigations and decision making skills are required.

Sustainability is one of WACKER's corporate goals – also as an employer.We want you to remain productive, healthy and successful long term. Thatis why we offer, for example, comprehensive health management and a variety of advanced training programs and courses for individual development opportunities, alongside a good work-life balance. Naturally, we also have a fair compensation system and above-average social benefits. After all, social responsibility has a long tradition at WACKER.

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