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Lead Product Development Chemist

    • Job Tracking ID: 512640-732026
    • Job Location: North of Pittsburgh, PA
      Aliquippa, Center Township, Hopewell, Beaver County, Pittsburgh
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: May 14, 2020
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

ARDEX Americas (www.ArdexAmericas.com), is a Global industry leader in the manufacturing and development of high-performance specialty building materials. Our success is built on trusted products, an innovative growth culture and an empowered team. You will benefit from competitive compensation plus benefits packages, and a focus on work/life balance. ARDEX is the recipient of PHRA’s Innovative People Practices Award for Learning and Development, 2017, AND 2018!!


We are immediately hiring for a LEAD PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CHEMIST with extensive experience of formulating, developing and launching, new products for the construction industry, with an emphasis on tile adhesives and mortars. You will be responsible for leading and driving new product development, and product improvement projects. Formulation experience is essential. This is an opportunity to be at the fore-front of industry game changing, product development.


  • Leads all R&D activity for the Powders Group.
  • Works closely with Marketing Product Managers, Sales Leaders, and external customer groups, to develop new products and improve existing product performance.
  • Manages and leads projects/timelines for raw materials, localizations, product issues and new product development by allocating appropriate R&D resources.
  • Leads regular project review meetings with R&D Manager and other functional areas (i.e. Marketing, Quality Control, Technical, Production). Liaises with Global Group R&D.
  • Formulates, develops and evaluates cementitious products for a variety of end-uses, utilizing professional chemical background and accepted company and industry procedures and techniques, in line with specific project requirements. Project goals may require oversight or coordination of field trials, and/or participation in manufacturing scale up activities.
  • Provides technical leadership to peers and subordinates on a routine basis
  • Responsible for team training and development, objective setting, performance appraisals

Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 5+ years’ experience in formulation of cement based, construction products are essential.
  • Tile adhesives and/or levelling compounds experience is highly desirable.
  • Consistent and sustained track record of successful product development and product innovation is essential.
  • Supervisory experience with laboratory technicians is preferred, or an ability to lead a team.
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to communicate (oral and written) with all levels
  • Ability to work as an experienced professional with little direct supervision
  • Ability to manage and move forward several projects simultaneously (project management and prioritization)
  • Membership in appropriate technical associations desirable.
  • Self-starter - ability to initiate and execute with limited assistance.
  • Effective writing skills
  • Professional image and customer service attitude
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and the Internet
  • Results driven and self-motivated
  • Excellent time management, organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent listening and team building skills are required
  • Ability to travel occasionally (10-20%), including some overnight


  • MS or Ph. D in Chemistry/ Polymer Science or Colloids, or, Bachelor’s in Chemistry with relevant industry experience


Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive base salary, bonus, company iPhone
  • Flexible work initiatives (job and department dependent) to include flexible working hours and work from home options
  • Immediate Paid Time off (PTO) eligibility, and 11 Paid Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Programs and Wellness Initiatives
  • 401K match
  • Vision, Medical (immediately eligible 1st of month following date of hire, Dental
  • Tuition reimbursement program (up to $5,500 annually)
  • Employee development and leadership development programs
  • Reduced gym memberships, wellness programs, pet insurance, Tickets at Work, community support and volunteer initiatives, - and more!!

About ARDEX: Want to put your career on a solid foundation?

As a family-owned company, our employees are the foundation of what we do, and enjoy an open culture that promotes diversity, team-spirit, innovation, and excellence in all we do. ARDEX employs almost 400 people in North America, and over 3,000 worldwide.

Our North America corporate offices are located in Beaver County, (20 minutes North of Pittsburgh International Airport), within a picturesque woodland setting with free parking facilities, onsite Zumba classes, monthly massages (paid and free!), a relaxed business casual dress code including jeans and sneakers, and regular onsite employee events!

Should you experience any difficulties using our online application database, simply send your resume and cover letter to Careers@ArdexAmericas.com