Chemist I
PPG Industries
Springdale, PA
Job Description:
The cross-SBU polyurea platform drives new polyurea product development and supports to grow existing product lines across automotive, industrial, refinish, protective and marine coatings and architectural finish businesses.

Business Objective: Grow PPG Polyurea business by extending polyurea offering into existing and emerging market across multiple SBU’s.

Technical Objective: Leverage and extend PPG’s existing resin synthesis, formulation knowledge and capabilities, application expertise, analytical capabilities, and fundamental material property knowledge to support growth in extended and emerging applications. Position PPG as a company with expertise and leadership relative to polyurea science, materials and applications.

PPG is seeking a self-motivated chemist to plan and conduct projects independently and as part of a team to develop innovative profitable new polyurea products and support to grow existing line of polyurea products.

Primary Responsibilities:
Business Impact:
New product development, maintenance of existing products, and other business support activities related to polyurea technology.
Follow procedures and obtain quality results in a timely manner. Communicates with team members across different functions (technical, sales, commercial, plants etc.) on experiments and testing outcome and observations.
Lead independent projects and/or portion of larger projects.
Ensure compliance with all PPG policies and business strategies including EH&S, business conduct, code of ethics, and all governmental regulations and laws.

Technical Effectiveness:
Perform a variety of routine and non-routine functions directed toward formulation of new and existing coatings related to polyurea chemistry. The functions include mixing and applying (dispensing, spraying) of paint and the testing of resulting coatings which require handling hazardous chemicals, careful weighing and mixing of paints, using spray equipments designed for plural components and pneumatic hand-held spray, performing property measurements of wet and dry coatings, gathering data and recording detailed account of results in electronic laboratory notebook.
Contribute to the development of the project plan through design of experiments, writing of logs independently, evaluating data and interpreting results.
Scale up of paints in laboratory environment (typical batch size range from 1 gallon or less to 20 gal maximum) using mill (e.g., Eiger mill) and dispersion equipments.
Work safely with hazardous materials on a daily basis, follow rigorous safety precautions and wear personal protective equipments including use of respirator.
Performs independently in lab experiments and scale-ups. Help application when necessary.
Skilled ability to solve problems and identify root cause(s) using business process improvement tools.
Understand polyurea chemistry and application theory.
Prioritize daily tasks to maximize productivity.
Learns and demonstrates use of terminology, operating procedures, and equipment pertaining to individual project.
Develop understanding of fundamental principles related to structure-property relationship and root cause analysis to design effective experiments.
Conduct test drills.
Conduct innovative work with the potential of PPG IP generation (Patents, trade secret etc.).

Demonstrates ability to influence and motivate associates. Trains technician in daily activities including on-boarding of new hires.
Finds ways to proceed despite obstacles, and teach technician how to work through problems and overcome obstacles.
Actively supports new business launch activities.
Must be self-motivated and able to work independently.

Uses internal and external expertise as directed.

Develop teamwork skills.

Seeks out knowledge of new technology.

Successfully completes projects on time and with the resources available.

Proactively volunteers for leadership roles within the operations of their job and laboratory. Demonstrates initiative, volunteers for developmental opportunities, seeks opportunity to grow his/her career.

Interpersonal Effectiveness:
Work closely with supervisor who will provide specific instructions regarding project scope, goals, deliverables and guidance towards formulations and procedures.
Effectively uses feedback.
Communicate in concise and timely manner.
Actively contributes in a team environment.
Explains the reasons for his/her decisions and actions.
Demonstrates adaptability and will to drive positive change. Demonstrates continuous improvement.
Develop skill-sets to work independently and collaborate with chemists, engineers from various sites.
Takes responsibility for actions.

Works in a safe manner. Maintain a clean and safe laboratory and dispose waste materials.
Demonstrates pro-active safety leadership. Identifies opportunity for safety related improvements.
Work safely with hazardous materials on a daily basis, follow rigorous safety precautions (SOPs) and wear personal protective equipments including use of respirator.

Experience and Education:
The candidate must have a BS degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related discipline with 1+ year of coatings formulating experience.

Demonstrated basic technical writing skills.

Ability to effectively listen, communicate and carry out instructions in a timely manner.

Open minded and responsive to feedback.

The ideal candidate recommended to have special knowledge and skills related to polyurea coatings formulations and applications.

Company Policy / Process: Understands supports and conforms to company policies and processes (e.g., Quality Process, P&L, Confidentiality, Ethics Guidelines, SOP’s, Lab Procedures, Business Process Improvement (BPI) Initiator training, 6S and Employee Handbook, etc.)

Success Factors: Focus on results, drive change, promote teamwork, build trust & respect, and understand market & customer perspective.

Travel: up to 30 %.

PPG: We protect and beautify the world.
At PPG, we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 130 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit and follow @ PPG on Twitter.

Why join us:
With PPG, you will find meaning in your work every day, and engage in opportunities that will shape you, personally and professionally.
Your personal strengths will empower you to succeed and make an impact from day one.
You will be inspired to learn and grow, and to get the support you need to identify and achieve your boldest career aspirations.
Your passion to excel will be fueled by your connection to world-class partners, industry experts, the best and brightest colleagues, and future forward technologies.
Your contributions will not only meet the challenges of our global customers, but help them propel their industries forward.
You will be welcomed into a culture where everyone’s ideas and contributions are valued and encouraged.
Just like you, we are driven to make a difference in our world.

PPG prides itself on the quality of its employees and as such, candidates who receive a job offer will be required to successfully pass a hair drug/toxins test and a background check.

PPG offers an opportunity to grow and develop your career in an environment that provides a fulfilling workplace for employees, creates an environment for continuous learning, and embraces the ideas and diversity of others. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, pregnancy, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status. PPG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. You may request a copy of PPG’s affirmative action plan by emailing