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JOBREQ1800024336 Requisition #
Research Associate exists to deliver research projects and CoE build out in the area of Green Product technology and patent protection.

This is a technical role, working under AP Technology Director, building XSBU research capabilities in China, delivering battery or green product projects, and defense patents, and ultimately leading products to PPG XSBU and customers in Asia Pasic region.

This role will offer career track and advancement options to technical or managerial roles in 2-3 years.


Key Competencies / Accountabilities:
1. Business Impact
Generates patentable or new technical innovations that can lead to increased profitability in the future, with improved products/processes, or innovations that enable PPG to be recognized as a technical leader in a particular business. The R&D organization will look to involve this individual in solving technical problems. The individual will have a working knowledge of coatings technologies and products, PPG competitors and internal PPG functions that influence the SBU or global organization's success.

2. Technical effectiveness
Works independently to complete lab research work for products, processes or services in concert with Research Management and business unit areas of interest that will contribute to future growth and profitability. Working knowledge of intellectual property, competitive landscape and current literature. Participates in technical teams and has the ability to influence the team to help solve technical problems. Constructively challenges technical hypothesis and is not satisfied with norms.

3. Project Leadership
Demonstrates the ability to lead teams to solve technical problems and takes responsibility for communication with the team and management. Brings work to successful conclusion on time and within budget constraints. Effective management of internal cross-functional/cross business and external resources

4. Interpersonal effectiveness
Strong interpersonal skills. Can clearly articulate project status; benefits, hurdles and risks orally or in writing. Exhibits team player behaviors and accepts constructive criticism. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with other PPG functions and locations across multiple sites and globally.

5. Safety
Detailed understanding of safe operating procedures/behaviors within expertise. Requires safe operating procedures/behaviors in peers and subordinates. Requires safe operating information for major changes or unfamiliar lab operations.


Key Requirements:
1. University degree in the field of Chemistry, polymer, material sciences, surface science or chemical engineering or related major, PhD is preferred.
2. Proficient project management, Green Belt is plus
3. 3+ years of working experience of product research or development experience.
4. Must have industrial experience and expertise in product development process and tools (DoE, CTQ, FMEA etc)
5. A team player and enabler. Must be willing and effective working with commercial, manufacturing and quality
6. Customer engagement and focus
7. Self-motivator, persistent in finding ways or solutions to resolve issues, a plus to anticipate and prevent issues
8. Fluent in English and mandarin, could be independently attend skype calls globally

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