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Senior Associate/Associate Manager, Organic Chemist

Racine, Wisconsin Job ID 5660BR
SC Johnson is a fifth-generation family company built on a spirit of adventure and winning the right way. We have been leading with purpose for over 130 years, building top brands such as Raid®, Glade®, Kiwi®, OFF!®, Windex®, Ziploc® and more, in virtually every country. Through these household names, we are making a positive difference to the world around us. But we only succeed with the combined vitality and strength of our 13,000 people who we truly value and support in their pursuit of individual and shared goals. Together, we are creating a better future – for the planet, for future generations and for every SCJ team member. Come join us and make an impact through iconic global brands. GO FURTHER WITH OUR FAMILY™

We are a committed team of collaborative, diverse and purpose-driven All-For-Oners and Wave Makers. Together, we are high-performing and socially responsible, and everybody works at their best while encouraging each other to reach their full potential. From your very first day, you will become a part of our team and feel a connection to your colleagues, while also experiencing a strong sense of trust, honesty and respect.

Join us and you will experience a unique culture of camaraderie and support where both individual and collective accomplishments that contribute to our success are recognized and celebrated.

The Science & Technology group is seeking a candidate to develop new technologies and formulation methods aligned with business technology roadmaps to deliver on the ideal user experience and create growth for SCJ. The Science & Technology vision is focused on being a strategic partner with the category RD&E divisions by being a knowledge center, staffed with trusted and empowered scientists and engineers. You will play a key role in achieving our vision and leading the cultural change within S&T.


We are seeking a research chemist to develop and improve processes and products critical to SCJ. You will leverage your molecular and formulation expertise to find, evaluate, and develop new technologies across a wide range of category RD&E divisions. In addition, you will use your quantitative structure-property relationship and molecular modeling knowledge to understand and predict product performance based on chemical and physical properties. You will understand how products impact user experience and translate consumer insights into practical applications. You will use, maintain, and troubleshoot advanced laboratory equipment coupled with statistical and mathematical modeling software to analyze and evaluate performance. You will work cross functionally with many functional disciplines such as toxicologists, package engineers, and formulators to smoothly transition new technologies into product development. Through this process you will help improve everyday life by giving your findings practical applications across existing and future SCJ products.

Success in realizing the full potential of a research chemist is rooted in three functional skills:

• Technology Acumen: Leveraging business acumen, build technical capability in support of business and communication strategy, product categories, and end users. Translate understanding into technology vision, strategies, and plans that drive successful business outcomes.
• Scientific Rigor: Create and utilize development methods and tools (i.e. Robust DOE) to solve technical problems and deliver claims. Establish complete validation / test plans. Demonstrate sound technical judgment for the entire Research and Design value chain. Demonstrate sound laboratory practices.
• Technical Expertise: Show technical breadth and depth in end-to-end commercialization, global project experiences, technology trends, competitive and IP landscape, measurement systems, analytical test methods, sustainability / greenlist, and leveraging external technologies.


Identification of impactful business-relevant applications and enrollment of business partners
• Level of understanding business needs through participation in business meetings, networking
• Gaining alignment on vision and execution with other businesses
• Gaining approval of funding for execution of own program
Validation of formulation applications applying a systematic approach and process
• Creates and executes a validation plan balancing depth of research and speed to completion
• Updates to management and to broader organization
• Transitioning technology smoothly to categories for development work at appropriate stage
Maintaining and leveraging state-of-the-art knowledge
• Engages with external experts in academia and industry bringing in innovative opportunities
• Stays current on technical advancements in own and adjacent areas
• Regularly attends technical conferences and expositions with appropriate follow-ups
Playing the role of Subject Matter Expert
• Leading, mentoring and recruiting technical staff
• Anticipating needs and maintaining right lab infrastructure
• Participating actively in task forces that benefit from the expertise


• Strong technical abilities – Shows technical breadth and depth, technology trends, external outreach, creatively solve problems

• Technical and business acumen – Capable of translating business strategy into technology vision, strategies, and plans

• Strong communicator – Must be able to communicate effectively with all levels of the organization including other chemists and scientists, as well as nonscientists

• Problem solver and forward thinker – Strong ability to analyze, disaggregate information in a structured way, identify core issues, and synthesize insights. Constantly aware of the next level of improvement required to best benefit the company

• Expertise –

Understanding and experience in formulation and ingredient interactions
Specific understanding of Surfactants, Solvents, Antimicrobial agents, and Dyes in addition to other formulation ingredients is preferred
In-depth knowledge of molecular structures and quantitative structure-property relationships is preferred
Math and statistical skills for complex experimental design and analysis
Working knowledge of physical testing and analytical methods
Utilize molecular modeling tools to evaluate and explain theoretical understandings of structure and physical properties related to formulation science.

• Education – Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or Physical Organic Chemistry is preferred


• Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry or Physical Organic Chemistry
• A minimum of one years of Industry experience with proven track record of success in formulation with impact on business results
• Working knowledge of Design of Experiments
• Must be able to communicate effectively through oral, written, and presentation

S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, status as a qualified individual with a disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, ancestry, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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