Axalta Coating Systems

Team Manager, Formulation Technology

Job Locations US-PA-Philadelphia
Posted Date 3 months ago(5/28/2022 12:05 PM)
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Primary Responsibilities

Axalta Coating Systems is seeking an experienced Coatings Formulator and R&D Manager to join the R&D team and lead product development programs.  This assignment will be located at Axalta’s new Global Innovation Center (GIC) in Philadelphia, PA.   This role is responsible for leading a new product development team and for developing new pigmented and non-pigmented coatings for the transportation and industrial markets.  As such the formulator should be familiar with ingredients used in paints and how these ingredients are manipulated to achieve desired properties.  The person in this role will take the lead on formulation programs with significant interactions with raw material suppliers, resin synthesis experts, and application specialists. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage formulation programs and related R&D projects.
  • Lead a small team of scientists and technicians that build new product platforms and formulating practices using innovative materials that are developed internally and/or through external partners.
  • Translate customer wants and product performance gaps into technical product specifications. Define critical tests to relate coating properties to end use performance criteria.
  • Summarize and present findings to management and external customers.
  • Responsible to understand and expand IP estate using innovation.
  • Stay abreast of application technology innovations and translate new technology and processes to commercializable products.


Minimum Requirements


  • Ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science; at least 7 years of hands-on technical experience will be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
  • Management/supervisory experience leading a technical team.
  • The successful candidate will have formulated solventborne /or waterborne coatings. and is adept at utilizing experimental designs and statistical tools to drive decision making.
  • An understanding of spraying, printing, and other coating application processes.
  • Capability to adapt to rapidly evolving market with loosely defined objectives.
  • Excellent written & oral communication skills to internal and customer audiences.
  • Project management and experience with Stage-Gate process
  • Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills. 
  • Share Axalta’s values of integrity, critical thinking, effort, and efficiency.
  • Candidate must have a working proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Willingness and ability to travel (<10% of working time).


Key Behavioral Competencies:

  • A change agent that has successful track record of building strategic relationships with key stakeholders globally.
  • Action and results oriented.  Attention to details.
  • Business acumen.
  • Ability to take complex, disparate information and translate into executive summaries.
  • Excellent organizational & relationship management skills.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work in a self-directed capacity.
  • Ability to balance the potentially competing needs of multiple customers in a matrix environment.
  • Outstanding communication skills and ability to operate across countries, communicate and coordinate effectively across organizational boundaries.
  • Ability to positively influence others, create a passion for excellence, and execute multiple projects while meeting customer expectations.
  • Project Management knowledge and capability.

“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.”



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.


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