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Senior Chemist

Apply Job ID REF3647M Date posted 09/14/2021 Address 500 State Street, Chicago Heights, IL Job Type Full-time Job Status Exempt

ITW (NYSE: ITW) is a Fortune 200 global multi-industrial manufacturing leader with revenues totaling $14.1 billion in 2019. The company’s seven industry-leading segments leverage the unique ITW Business Model to drive solid growth with best-in-class margins and returns in markets where highly innovative, customer-focused solutions are required. ITW’s approximately 45,000 dedicated colleagues around the world thrive in the company’s decentralized and entrepreneurial culture. www.itw.com

DIVISION DESCRIPTION:

ITW Specialty Films designs, manufactures and markets specialized coated and/or metalized films for the Card, Security, and Medical markets.  The division leverages unique core competencies and technologies in films, foils, laminates, holography, and transfers to address customer needs globally.  Operates in 5 locations (NA & EU).

Working alone or leading and directing a team, successfully formulates complex chemistries and performs product development from concept to commercialization. Understands and improves manufacturing processes to eliminate scrap and initiate cost savings.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conceptualize formulations to meet customer needs, Test and evaluate chemistries against specifications. Troubleshoot development as necessary.
  • Write and perform test protocols based on customer end usage.
  • Conceptualize formulations to meet customer needs, Test and evaluate chemistries against specifications. Troubleshoot development as necessary.
  • Write and perform test protocols based on customer end usage.
  • Provide detailed information about process control/adjustments in writing, before a product is transferred to Q.C. or production to ensure that the product will meet all necessary and identified specifications.
  • Understand internal manufacturing processes to produce quality product.
  • Working with Sales and Technical Manager, analyze technical opportunities for customer solution and chances of success, recommend feasibility.
  • Develop specialty, multi-layer coatings whether solvent based, aqueous, hot melt, etc.
  • Manage multiple projects and/or large complex projects (over 1 year), from concept to commercialization. Visit customer sites and perform pilot runs. Understand customer’s manufacturing process and/or product usage to achieve best quality.  Make manufacturing process improvement recommendations. Monitor customer satisfaction over time.
  • Understand and improve internal manufacturing processes. Troubleshoot scrap issues, and initiate cost savings throughout development and/or manufacturing processes.
  • Write and perform test protocols based on customer end usage.
  • Host visiting customers and vendors and provide support as requested. Travel to customer sites as required to troubleshoot product problems in production. Perform testing and analysis at customer sites to verify customer needs are met.
  • Qualify and specify vendors to use on various materials. Source alternate and/or lower cost materials.
  • Understand all responsibilities regarding the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  All safety rules must be followed, and all work areas must be kept in a clean and orderly condition.
  • Direct associate chemists or chemists on large projects.
  • Mentor and train less experienced chemists.

Bachelors’ degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or several (4-5) years related experience. Masters’ degree a plus. Eight to ten years experience in thin film coatings chemistry formulation, managing complex/multiple projects, concept to commercialization product development, customer and vendor relationship building, test methodologies, successful cost and scrap savings process initiatives and ISO 9001. Experience with polymer chemistry a plus. Frequently works with color adjustments, color matching experience or ability is a plus. Chemistry experience should include several years with ink and coating formulation, specialty knowledge of coatings and films industry, all lab instrumentation, compounding and milling processes, UV and thermal curing, and drying experience. Expertise with MS Office, Excel, Outlook. Verbal and written communication skills; team player.

ITW offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including competitively priced medical and dental coverage the first of the month following hire, free life insurance, paid vacation and holidays, and immediate 401k matching. Additional retirement savings contribution (above and beyond 401k) is awarded at no cost after one year.

ITW Specialty Films is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access the online application system process due to your disability, please email hrmfg@cfcintl.com to request assistance. No other requests will be acknowledged.

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If you are a qualified individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access this online application system process due to your disability, please email corp_accessibility@itw.com to request assistance. No other requests will be acknowledged.