92176 Formulation Chemist Mold Releases for Composites and other Apps.

  1. What is the title of the position? Formulation Chemist
  1. What are the three most important functional tasks this person will perform?                                      ——- R&D for semi-permanent   Mold releases for composites, and plastic industry                                        ——  Interact with sales team to find specifics of what customer wants.  3-4 Sales Reps.  Interact with rest  of Technical Team.                                                                                                                                                    – ——  Determine ways to test products in-house.
  2. Background of the person you seek?

BS Chemistry, Chem E or Industrial Engineering

5-10 years experience formulation of additives and release agents (Unsaturated Polyester, Vinyl                     Ester, Polyurethane, Epoxy, Rubber, Thermoplastics.)

Able to develop a platform and build on it, not just composites.

4. Personality type which would fit in well?

Open-minded person. Able to listen and react.

Will have some interaction with customers.

5. What outcomes must be achieved in this position and within what time frame?

Help expand current portfolio making adjustments as required.

Working towards a goal.

6.  Promotional opportunity? Time frame?

Stronger leader or technical in a specific area.

Interact with customers.

7.  What is the sizzle? Why would an outstanding person want this position?

We are really fast growing.  Quadrupled in past five years from $4MM to $20MM.

Young company.  Lot of intelligent people.

Very customer oriented company.  We are a company where a young or midcareer chemist would want to be part of a very smart team.

8. Company details? Sales, growth last/next five years?  Web site or other place where we can learn about company?

$4MM to $20MM past five years, steady growth.

9.  What industries do you serve? What is your position in these markets? What market factors affect your business, and what effect are they having lately, in the past, do you expect in the future?

Thermoset and thermoplastic, FRP, aerospace, wire and cable, building and consutuction.

10.  Are there any companies from which you would not want to recruit because of special business relationships or such things?

No.  Competitors are Zyvex (Acquired by Chemtrend), McLube, Franklin Industries, Stone, and three others.

11.  Travel? (100% is four nights per week.)

Less than 5%.

12.  Works with/Sells to: OEM, Industrial, Distributors, Engineers, Consumers, Retail, Executive??

Sales staff and other Technical People.

13.  What staff will this person have, and how will they fit into the organization?

1-5 Technicians as needed.

14. People work for people. To whom will the candidate report?

Head of Technical Group,  and Head of Business Development

15.  What makes this person a good boss?

Vision for company.  Have done a good job so far.  We have established ourselves

16.  Interview process? Who else interviews?  Who makes hiring decision?  Who makes offer?

Phone interview first with Head of Bus Development,  then visit facility for interviews with other technical staff.

17.  When do you need this person to be on board?


18.  How many people interviewed so far? Any offers extended?  Results?

Several, but no offers extended.  Too many jobs indicate lack of stability in our investment.

19.  What other sources are you currently using to fill this position, and what other sources are you planning to use?

Ads in past, in “Rubber and Plastics”,  Ad on Indeed.com.  Results not good.  Need to use a recruiter.

20.  What are the weaknesses of your own company, and how do we overcome them?

Kind of strapped for space.  Planning to double or  triple this soon to 100K ft2 or 150K ft2.

21.  How long has the hiring manager been with the company?

Eight years Business Development.

22.  What sort of company benefits do you offer? Monthly cost to candidate?  A brochure from personnel would be fine.

Vacation, Sick Leave, Personal Days, Health insurance, profit sharing (2-10%) switching to 401K with matching.              Relocation.

23.  Compensation (Base, Bonus. Commission, when paid). (Target, Min, Max)

Depends on person.  We do offer cost of living adjustment because of our location..

We will make it competitive.  Low turnover since we pay well.

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