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Senior Functional Chemist

Company: Stepan Company
Location: Gurnee
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description

Stepan is looking for a Senior Function Chemist, part of R&D's Analytical Group located at our Global Technology Center (GTC) in Northfield, IL. This position will be responsible for the work effort in aligning analytical methods and data between labs.  These activities can take place between global labs in Stepan R&D, Stepan QC, customers, suppliers, and tollers (the contract manufacturers that extend our manufacturing capability).  Plans round robin and Gage R&R experiments.  Collects and sends out samples to global labs, ensuring uniformity and safety.  Works with others to make necessary method adjustments when data is not aligned.  Proactively suggests next steps to gain data alignment between labs and follows-up until resolved.  Performs own lab work and coordinates some work through the Rapid Analytical technician group at Stepan Northfield.  Primary work location is Stepan Northfield R&D, although travel to U.S. and Global facilities is common (up to 20% of time). Problem solves and troubleshoots instrument/method issues.  Provides technical advice and training to colleagues. Communicates effectively with internal and external customers/stakeholders and documents meticulously.  Actively participates in safety/waste programs and steadfastly adheres to safety policies/standards. 


Other Key Responsibilities:

  • Runs and owns the Global Audit Program (GAP), in partnership with Quality Assurance (QA) and reports data out frequently
  • Assists QA in trouble shooting analytical methods, compliance testing, and newly acquired products/sites
  • Implements spectroscopy and color measurement at manufacturing plants and tollers
  • Works with tollers, customers, and manufacturing plants to ensure methods and data is aligned



  • 3 - 10yrs experience in Industry, depending on depth of experience prior to Industry.  
  • Must have experience with MiniTab or similar statistical software to analyze and communicate data. Considered an expert in data and error analysis.
  • Must have experience across a broad set of analytical methods, including titration, spectroscopy, and chromatography.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate externally. 
  • Committed to continuous improvement of processes, tools, and templates.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to foster collaboration with other team members.


  • B.S. in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or closely related field required; Masters Preferred

Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.


Keywords: Stepan Company, Waukegan , Senior Functional Chemist, Other , Gurnee, Illinois

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