Are you a creative person with a chemistry background who would rather be at the bench in the lab, as opposed to sitting at a computer all day? If so, Helena Products Group (HPG) has a role that may interest you. If you haven't heard of us, we are one of the nation's foremost agricultural and specialty formulators and distributors in the United States.
We are looking for a talented Chemist who can think holistically to develop formulations that will literally help feed the world. Formulations experience is preferred however we are happy to show you the ropes. You'll learn from our experienced Product Development Manager and have the opportunity to see your ideas come to life as you build your own personal brand that growers in the industry come to recognize.
Each day will be different. You'll wear a variety of hats while continuously learning and putting your problem-solving skills to use as you identify solutions to help customers and develop new products. You will perform a wide range of tests and research services that are required for the development, manufacturing and support of adjuvants as well as pesticides. You will also be very involved with quality control of raw materials and finished goods.
The employee's primary duty must be the performance of office or non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of Helena or Helena's customers. This also includes the exercise of discretion and independent judgement with respect to matters of significance.
*Relocation assistance is provided.
What your day may look like
Develops adjuvants and pesticide formulations.
Advises on which raw materials are best suited in a manufacturing blend.
Assists in the resolution of problems that may develop in the research, manufacturing, and application of pesticide and adjuvant formulations.
Performs routine tests on various pesticides to determine a variety of results including but not limited to, compatibility, PH reading, particle size, storage (shelf life), handling, application, etc.
Reads, interprets and assists in writing patents.
Develops SOPs and advises the manufacturing sites on quality control processes and procedures, guidelines and best practices for storage, handling and blending of raw material fertilizers to maximize quality of finished products.
Keeps appropriate data in Excel, lab notebooks and OneDrive. Reports results to leader in a timely manner.
Routinely uses testing equipment to ensure raw materials and finished products meet specifications.
Uses Helena's FileMaker Pro database system.
Other work duties as assigned by leader.
Reliable and regular attendance is expected.
Education and experience needed for this position
Bachelor's degree in chemistry or related field is required.
Five years of formulation work experience is preferred.
Four years minimum Agrochemical industry experience is preferred.
Other skills that will help you succeed
Excellent mathematical aptitude (algebra, percentages, PPM calculations, metric to English conversions).
Advanced practices and principles of chemical, biological and related sciences.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, One Drive, and Outlook.
Ability to operate Malvern Mastersizer or Coulter particle size analyzer.
Existing relationships with suppliers and manufacturers.
Interpersonal and communications skills.
Ability to understand and interpret technical instructions and procedures.
Your work environment and the physical aspects of the job
At Helena, safety is our highest priority. We seek out extensive safety measures and put them in place to minimize exposure to anything that could be potentially harmful to our employees.
The work environment for this position is that of a typical plant or laboratory environment where the noise level is usually moderate to loud. In this position, you will regularly work near moving equipment/mechanical parts and could be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, chemical and biological hazards, vibrations and a risk of electrical shock. This position requires you to use your hands for many different tasks and to talk, hear, walk, stand and sit. You may be occasionally required to lift or move up to 10 pounds.
Who we are
Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC is one of the nation's foremost agronomy solutions providers. We rank near the top nationally in volume and sales for crop production products, fertilizer, custom application, seed and precision agriculture, turf management, industrial weed control, forestry, aquatics and more. As a solutions provider, we help our customers make critical decisions about soil variability, nutrient and water availability, seed selection and pest management. We take pride in working with our growers beyond the sale, helping them in every aspect of their business.
Helena operates under several main business groups -- Helena Products Group, AGRIntelligence, Helena Industries, LLC and Diversified Applications, Inc.
Helena is a special place to be
At Helena, we are family. Our employees take care of each other and support each other at work and in their personal life. Our family-like atmosphere creates a positive work environment that allows our employees to be high-performers because they feel comfort and compassion from their manager and work team. Our family-like culture is centered on our successful business model "People...Products...Knowledge." People being the first for good reason. When our employees are treated right and feel cared for, our customers thrive and our business grows.
Helena's commitment to diversity and inclusion
At Helena, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment where all our employees feel safe, valued and have the opportunity to succeed. We embrace different backgrounds and human experiences because our customers are also diverse. When we all show deep appreciation for each other and our customers it builds trust that strengthens Helena and keeps us competitive.
Helena supports individuals with disabilities and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform job responsibilities.
Stay connected to Helena
For the latest job postings and company news, visit us at https://helenaagri.com/careers .
Helena is an equal opportunity employer.
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