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R&D Associate

Location: Billings, MT
Date Posted: 05-16-2018
The primary function of the Research and Development Associate is to plan, coordinate, and carry out research necessary to establish existing product performance, enhance existing products, and develop new products.  Successful fulfillment of the requirements for this position offers the potential for advancement.
Specific responsibilities include:
•          Oversee receipt and logging in of all bentonite, chemical, waste water, grout, and other samples to be tested.
•          Oversee fulfillment and disbursement of all product sample requests coming to the Billings laboratory.
•          Oversee creation and disbursement of product performance testing reports to customers.
•          Assist Sales/Customer Service in defining (through testing) and mitigating customer product-related problems as they occur.
•          Oversee the creation and retention of reports on all product and developmental research testing conducted in the Billings lab so that all testing data is readily accessible and available for review.
•          Work with VP, Resources and Sales Department to define objectives for existing product testing and new product research and development.
•          Efficiently and safely plan, organize, and execute confirmation testing for existing products and research and development efforts for new products.
•          Create and disburse reports, as needed, to keep Sales Department and Management informed and up to date on existing product performance testing and new and existing product developmental research testing.
•          Consistently and effectively oversee all aspects of product performance testing and product developmental research in a safe, efficient and timely manner to meet the goals and objectives that have been established for each project.
•          Interact with management, Sales Department and Production Quality Control, and with other employees as required, for information gathering and analysis.
•          Interface with customers as needed to provide technical information and test data for existing products.
•          Work independently under general supervision/guidance.

The R&D Associate:
  • Has significant responsibility for determining specific plans for achieving both general and specific project goals.
    • Is responsible for equipment and supplies necessary to perform job.
    • Has minimal purchasing authority, with no cash responsibility.
    • Must achieve specific goals established during the annual performance evaluation.
    • Must support and participate in the organization’s Continual Improvement Program to conform to API Specification Q1, 9th Edition requirements by complying with the Quality Policy and Procedures and meet Quality Management System objectives.
    • May supervise one or more Lab Technicians.
    • May have other duties as assigned.
•          Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (physical), Mineralogy (Clay Mineralogy preferred) or Geology.
•          Two (2) or more years as a commerical research chemist or mineralogist strongly desired.
•          Experience working in an API Specification Q1, 9th Edition environment is a plus.
•          Communication skills – This position requires frequent communication with other associates and customers and, as a result, requires a high level of proficiency in English with excellent writing and verbal skills and the ability to be clearly and easily understood.
  • Familiarity with the use and care of general laboratory equipment.
•          Computer skills: word processing, spreadsheets, and contact management.
•          Ability to organize work schedule and remain organized.
  • Ability to generate and maintain good records.
•          Attention to detail.
  • Ability to understand and focus on the big picture.
•          Multi-task oriented.
•          Reasonable accommodations are made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
•          Work in laboratory environment.
•          Sitting, bending, standing, walking, 8-10 hours per day.
•          Able to lift 40 lbs.
•          Must willingly comply with any safety or personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements.
•          Ability to periodically work in a production plant environment.
•          Produce error-free work.
•          Deadline-oriented.
•          Ensure that customers’ requests come first.
•          Self-starter who thinks of innovative, faster ways to accomplish tasks.
•          Able to work with minimal supervision.
•          Flexible and able to adapt to a dynamic environment.
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