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Product Development Associate, Senior-1

Science & Technology
JOBREQ1800033025 Requisition #

As an S&T Product Development Associate, Senior, you will individually or as part of a team generates profitable, patentable, or new technical innovations. This can include reduction in the time/cost to serve, capital avoidance, new products/processes which improve SBU profitability, or innovations that establish PPG as a technical leader in a particular business. The SBU or the global organization looks to this person to solve technical problems. Also, the individual will have a working knowledge of the SBU's business, the SBU's competitors and internal PPG functions that influence the SBU's success. Demonstrates the ability to lead teams to solve technical problems and takes responsibility for communication with the team and management.

The research projects will align to PPG global and regional strategic initiatives, including Color, Mobility or Green Product technologies to accelerate XSBU new product launches and patent protection.  As one of the pioneers, the incumbents are key to building XSBU research capabilities, Center of Excellence and defense patents.  The ultimate goal is to position PPG XSBUs as innovation leader with leading products to PPG customers in high growth and profitable segments.


Key Responsibilities

  1. Develop innovative solutions/platform/technology independently for Automotive & Industrial Coatings especially for waterborne related products.
  2. Responsible for the experimental design (DOE), data analysis, reports and action plans.
  3. Use fundamental principles to solve problems and identify root causes using related tools. And develop the novel testing technique and fully utilize the available resource to solve complex problem.
  4. Participate in the R&D conferences as project champion, present and communicate the updates on projects progress frequently. Both written reports and live presentation are required to be in English.
  5. Drive excellence in technical reporting, and where applicable, patent filing. Assist supervisor to monitor scientific literature and competitors activities.
  6. Establish strong partnership with other global PPG labs across all levels of the team;
  7. Collaborate with manufacturing / Customer Development team to make flawless introduction of new technologies at the customer line. Lead problem solving efforts during launch.
  8. Establish trust and respect across the PPG technical community, leverage One PPG to ‘search and reapply’ technologies developed in other SBU.


  1. Master degree or above in the field of Chemistry, polymer, material sciences, surface science or chemical engineering or related major, PhD is preferred.
  2. Expertise in product development, effective with process, methodology and tools (DoE, CTQ, FMEA etc)
  3. 3+ years of working experience of fundamental research, product research or development.
  4. Effective project management. Proficient with Compass.  Green Belt is a plus.
  5. Must have industrial experience, global experience preferred.  
  6. Fluent in English and mandarin, could be independently attend skype calls globally.


About us:

Here at PPG we make it happen, and we seek candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our values, with the commitment and drive to strive today to do better than yesterday – everyday.


Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company.. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com and follow @ PPG on Twitter.

The PPG Way

Every single day at PPG:

We partner with customers to create mutual value.

We are insightful, dedicated and proactive. We have intimate knowledge of the market and our customers. We focus on practical solutions that make a difference.

We are “One PPG” to the world.

We are better and stronger together. We leverage our scale to reach new markets and introduce innovative technologies as we differentiate and disrupt our markets.

We trust our people every day, in every way.

We enable and empower our people to make the right decisions. We are inclusive, transparent and respectful. Our feedback is clear and actionable.

We make it happen.

We have a passion for winning. We achieve. We deliver with discipline and integrity. We bring our best energy to our work. We decide and act intelligently and quickly.

We run it like we own it.

We respect one another by being responsible and accountable. We always act in the best interest of our company, customers, shareholders and our communities.

We do better today than yesterday – everyday.

We continuously learn. We develop our people to grow our businesses.

PPG Way: (Click here to learn more about the PPG Way)

PPG vision: http://corporate.ppg.com/Our-Company/PPG-Vision.aspx

We are One PPG: http://one.ppg.com/

PPG provides equal opportunity to all candidates and employees. We offer an opportunity to grow and develop your career in an environment that provides a fulfilling workplace for employees, creates an environment for continuous learning, and embraces the ideas and diversity of others. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, pregnancy, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. If you need assistance to complete your application due to a disability, please email recruiting@ppg.com.

PPG values your feedback on our recruiting process. We encourage you to visit Glassdoor.com and provide feedback on the process, so that we can do better today than yesterday.

Benefits will be discussed with you by your recruiter during the hiring process.

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