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Axalta Coating Systems
Mount Clemens, Michigan, US
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Jan 15, 2022

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Conservation science
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Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. ("Axalta," or the "Company"), is a leading global manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high-performance coatings systems. With over a 150-year heritage in the coatings industry, Axalta is known for manufacturing high-quality products with well-recognized brands supported by market-leading technology and customer service.

Over the course of the Company's history, Axalta has remained at the forefront of the industry by continually developing innovative coatings technologies designed to enhance the performance and appearance of customers' products, while improving the customer's productivity and profitability. Axalta's diverse global footprint of 50 manufacturing facilities, four technology centers, 47 customer training centers and more than 14,000 team members allows the Company to meet the needs of customers in over 130 countries. Axalta serves its customer base through an extensive sales force and technical support organization, as well as through approximately 4,000 independent, locally-based distributors. The Company's scale and strong local presence are critical to its success, allowing leverage of the technology portfolio and customer relationships globally while meeting customer demands locally.

Axalta operates its business in two operating segments: Performance Coatings and Transportation Coatings, serving four end markets, including: Refinish, Industrial, Light Vehicle and Commercial Vehicle, across the following four regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

For more information visit and follow us @axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

The Refinish Chemist provides direct support to the Refinish Team in the development and support of Refinish coating products.
  • Development and optimization of coating formulations in the Refinish Clearcoats and Undercoats Portfolio spanning multiple technologies, including urethanes, epoxies, acrylics, and polyesters.
  • Understanding of customer specifications and ability to perform all testing needed to gain customer approvals using appropriate design of experiments and statistical tools.
  • Interpretating testing data to generate lab reports that will be presented both internally and externally to customers.
  • Provide technical support to manufacturing for defect batches, improvement of right first-time initiatives, scale ups and alignments, and localization of formulas to new sites.
  • Support lab work requests from the Product Group including root cause analysis of defects using experimental designs and analytical testing.
  • Ability to lead and/or be a significant contributor in cross-functional teams to support product development, product approval testing, scale-up and manufacturing and customer technical service.
  • Understanding of accelerated and long-term weathering exposure testing, including Xenon, QUV, Salt Spray, and Florida Exposure.
  • General understanding of analytical testing capabilities and ability to use data provided from analytical evaluations to support conclusions.
  • Organized documentation of experimental test results using Microsoft Office Products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
  • Ability to lead meetings and effectively communicate concise project updates to a cross-functional teams with audiences varying from Technical Colleagues to Product Managers to Customers.
  • Actively participate in 5S initiatives to help improve the lab productivity and overall safety of the laboratory.
  • Ability to work well with supervisor and a variety of R&D, manufacturing, and marketing people in a team environment.


  • S./M.S. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or closely related discipline is required.
  • The ideal candidate will have practical experience in the chemical industry, preferably with a strong working knowledge of the Refinish industry and hand spray application techniques.
  • Preferred candidate will have a good understanding Resin Chemistry along with a working knowledge of Analytical testing and Accelerated Weathering Testing capabilities.
  • Candidate must have outstanding interpersonal, oral communication, and problem-solving skills.
  • Candidate must be able to work well in both self-managed and team environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and documentation of experimental testing is a requirement to effectively manage multiple projects with varying deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.

"Please note that Axalta Coating Systems will not accept any candidate profiles sent unrequested and unsolicited by recruiting agencies. Axalta Coating Systems collaborates with preferred providers based on framework agreements and will not pay any fees to recruiting agencies without an agreement. Should Axalta Coating Systems receive a candidate profile form a recruiting agency with which there is no framework agreement, and should the respective candidate be considered or hire, this will not entitle the recruiting agency to claim payment or fees."
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