The Heritage Group
  • Heritage Research Group
  • Indianapolis, IN, USA
  • Full Time

Description:

The Formulation Chemist will have responsibility for asphalt product research and development.  This hands-on role will help to support multiple plants in the production of products, driving new technology development throughout a 17 plant organization.  The role will spend a substantial time in the asphalt plants, building product knowledge and problem-solving.

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for product performance.
  • Exploring and pursuing new innovations to integrate into new products
  • Experimenting on the bench with conventional, non-conventional and creative approaches to discover new technologies, new formula bases, raw ingredients and processing techniques that leads to unique product claims and benefits
  • Investigate and analyze performance issues.
  • Handle complex projects simultaneously while establishing priorities, time milestones and completion dates for projects.
  • Maintain a product development pipeline in alignment with business objectives.
  • Over time, provide support to plant operations on troubleshooting during pilot and full-scale manufacturing.
  • In time, develop understanding and address product performance and create improvements when necessary through a partnership with sales, marketing, engineering, plants, and customers.
  • Support the creation and capture of data in a SharePoint platform to enable key learnings for the business and R&D group. Document learning path to support company growth objectives. 

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry or related science or engineering discipline. 
  • A minimum of 2-5 years experience in industrial formulation research & development.
  • Experience in formulation processing, colloid chemistry, surface chemistry, surfactants, and emulsions required.
  • Experience with product development in the paint & coatings, cosmetics, or surfactants preferred. 
  • A proven track record of creativity and driving innovation within a fast-paced and entrepreneurial research environment as evidenced by new product introductions, patents, publications and/or novel product claims.
  • Ability to build relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to effective impact product development.
  • Ability to work as an individual contributor as well as within a team setting.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to interact with customers and evaluate product performance at a field level.
  • Excellent innovative thinking and research ability.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Knowledgeable in API standards, EPA and ASTM methods.
  • Experience in pilot batching and scale-ups.
  • Basic knowledge of typical lab testing methods such as titrations, distillations, organic synthesis, gravimetric methods and basic analytical test methods.
  • Must be available to travel up to 80% during peak season.

The Company:

For over 80 years, The Heritage Group (THG) has managed a diverse set of prominent companies involved in the highway construction, environmental services, oil refining & specialty chemicals industries and fuel distribution industry. This vast experience combined with a team management style allows for the diversity of a large conglomerate and the personal service of a smaller, customer-focused organization. THG is a growth-oriented company with operations in North America, Europe and Asia and a customer network that spans the globe. As a family-owned business, a long-term financial approach and conservative investment philosophy has placed THG on a solid foundation to pursue growth opportunities as they appear. The organization has a creative culture, always searching for opportunities and researching industry-changing solutions. The company has grown impressively over the past 30 years both organically and by acquisition, often turning around distressed businesses.

 

THG's growth has been enabled by a positive culture comprised of the following characteristics: entrepreneurial and decentralized, lean and nimble, informal and non-hierarchical, loyal and supportive. THG is a builder of businesses and is well positioned financially to continue to grow effectively.

 

As a company, we look for individuals that demonstrate strength in Intuition and Analysis, Making an Impact and Working with Others.

The Heritage Group
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