Chemist - Home Care and Textiles

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Date: Mar 19, 2023

Location: Ann Arbor, MI, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and 14,300 employees from 70 nations.


WACKER SILICONES is one of the world’s biggest silicone manufacturers with silicone-based system solutions and over 3,000 different products. At our Ann Arbor site, we are currently looking for a ​Chemist - Home Care and Textiles​ to join our growing team.


Job Responsibilities

This role will support the market segments Home Care and Textiles through testing, development, and scale-up of candidate products and formulations that meet customer requirements. This role is responsible to interact with the marketing and sales team to address customer needs and projects, and with supply chain and production as an important contributor for a seamless delivery of materials.


  • Develop new products and formulations which fit customer needs through lab testing and experimentation. Contribute to the scale-up process, by providing guidance with responsible production chemists.
  • Provide technical support to sales managers and customers for the products in the Home Care and Textiles market segments. The contact points are done through e-mails, virtual video calls, phone calls and personal visits(travel up to 10%)
  • Actively participate in internal innovation and market segment meetings, conferences, and trade shows by presenting testing results and developments.
  • Organize data, presentations to support technical information, and activities using best practice which includes but not limited to Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN), SAP, Microsoft programs (Excel, PPT, and Word).
  • Document activities using Product Modification Activity (PMA), Project System Innovation (PSI) Charter Forms (PCF; ICF) and Opportunity Management with customer relationship tool (like Salesforce). Develop intellectual property related to new products and / or applications, drive for related patent filings
  • Collaborate with local and global functional teams (technical, marketing, sales, managers, supply chain and production) on current and/or future needs and products with technical guidance, customer's path forward, market assessments and/or support.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or related field; M.S. Chemistry, Polymer Science, or closely related field preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in formulating or industry-related experience in chemical industry (preference for experience in Home Care and Textiles)
  • Ability to relate to customers and discover needs to drive future developments
  • Able to use chemistry in order to describe the theory and reasoning of our products and formulations
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of time
  • Conducts independent hands-on research and development activities in a safe manner
  • Understand the cost and economics for product development
  • Root Cause Analysis, strong analytical and problem-solving capability
  • Working knowledge of analytical test methods and ability to devise new approaches
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written; able to write reports summarizing data and findings with well thought out conclusions
  • Efficient and accurate computer skills (Microsoft programs, SAP, SalesForce, etc.)


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at
Reference Code: 23952 



The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Nearest Major Market: Ann Arbor
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit