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Technical Service Scientist - Plastics

Company: Vibrantz Technologies, Inc.
Location: Ashtabula
Posted on: June 11, 2024

Job Description:

About Vibrantz Technologies

Vibrantz is a leading global provider of specialty chemicals and materials whose purpose is to bring color, performance and vibrancy to life. Serving over 11,000 customers, our products and technologies serve a wide array of applications and make their way into myriad consumer products. With key competencies in particle engineering, glass and ceramic science and color technology, Vibrantz has leading positions in specialty mineral and chemical additives for batteries, electronic components and construction; pigments for paints and coatings, thermoset plastics and thermoplastics; and high-performance glass coatings and porcelain enamel solutions. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company employs approximately 4,000 people and operates 61 manufacturing sites across six continents. Visit vibrantz.com to learn more.

Job Function

Reporting into the Technical Service Manager, the Technical Service Scientist will be based out of Ashtabula, Ohio. The Technical Service Scientist works closely with the Technical Service Manager and Technical Service Representatives to assure developmental effectiveness in the completion of Color Match, Product Line Extensions and Applications projects. They also support and work with Quality Assurance and Manufacturing as required to minimize issues during scale-up. In addition, this position will support alternative raw material initiatives with bench trials and physical testing for raw material evaluations and investigations into product quality related customer complaints. External Technical Service support can be required to assist in problem solving and color matching at a customer's facility. The position requires scientific, proactive, and inventive work and is not simply executing prescribed test protocols. The scientist will plan experiments, work directly with customers, develop procedures and problem solve.

Responsibilities

  • Complies with safety rules and regulations, attends safety meetings and training. Also, reports injury/illness and/or environmental incidents.
  • Performs on-site color match support for plastics market segments as required.
  • Ability to travel (
  • Develops and maintains current knowledge of pigment types & resins / chemistries and their applications.
  • Develops a basic understanding of customer processes and raw materials. This is accomplished by customer visits and internal & external programs.
  • Directs customer contact to obtain information critical to project success.
  • Develops a thorough understanding of the plastics product lines and processes.
  • Develops proficiency in maintaining required record keeping including electronic lab book entries and report generation as required.
  • Suggests improvements to the Technical Service Manager.
  • Maintains good housekeeping practices for assigned work area and all areas worked in. Required Experience
    • BA / BS Degree in Science or Engineering.
    • Adequate color discrimination skills per Farnsworth - Munsell 100 - Hue Test (will be evaluated).
    • Strong mathematical aptitude.
    • Strong customer focus with a sense of urgency.
    • Good oral and written communication skills.
    • Basic to advanced MS Office skills: Excel and Word.
    • Works well in a close Team environment. Preferred Experience
      • Experience with business ERP a plus. Benefits
        • We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, paid vacation, and 401K. Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
          • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
          • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, climb, or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
          • Ability to lift and/or move up to 60 lbs. occasionally. Work Environment
            • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee:
            • Works in a plant environment that can be dusty at times.
            • Regularly exposed to airborne particles, fumes from vehicles, outdoor weather conditions, and working near moving mechanical parts.
            • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

              Vibrantz Technologies Inc. ("Vibrantz") is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. Vibrantz strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants, or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, gender, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law

              Location

              Ashtabula, OH
              Vibrantz is committed to protecting your privacy. We provide a Website Privacy Policy located on our Vibrantz.com site to explain the type of information we collect and to inform you of the specific practices and guidelines that protect the security and confidentiality of your personal data. Please read that policy carefully. If any term in the policy is unacceptable to you, please do not use the Website or provide any personal data. This policy may change from time to time (see Revisions to Our Privacy Policy on Vibrantz.com).

              It is the policy of Vibrantz to promote equal opportunity and access in all matters affecting employment with the Company. Vibrantz is committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other category protected by applicable law. This policy shall be applied to each facility of the Company.

Keywords: Vibrantz Technologies, Inc., Mentor , Technical Service Scientist - Plastics, IT / Software / Systems , Ashtabula, Ohio

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