Future Fuel

Senior Development Scientist, R&D Chemist Group Leader

About The Position

As a Development Scientist and Group Leader, you will design and oversee lab experiments to support the development of targeted proprietary and specialty chemicals. The ideal candidate is a creative PhD chemist with experience in conceiving and demonstrating routes of synthesis and transitioning organic chemical procedures from lab scale to full production. A qualified individual will develop lab procedures based on information found in the public domain literature and create new synthetic routes for targeted chemicals. The documentation of work in the form of internal technical reports and patents, as necessary, will be a critical part of the job. No two days are ever exactly the same, and the variety of chemistry is unmatched.

Key Responsibilities
  • Lead and manage a team of chemists in the laboratory
  • Drive technical innovations consistent with business strategy
  • Interface directly with customers regarding current, active projects
  • Identify and foster business leads to generate new opportunities
  • Serve and lead multidisciplinary teams (lab, engineering, manufacturing, sales, HSE, etc.) to commercialize products
  • Design economical synthetic routes for specialty and fine chemicals in a variety of markets
  • Collaborate with the analytical lab group to develop the necessary testing to support product and process development
  • Provide technical support for improving existing processes in the plant
Required Qualifications
  • PhD in Organic Chemistry
  • Strong understanding of synthetic organic chemistry
  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Leadership and motivation of technical teams
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Proficient in literature searches
  • Legally allowed to work in the US without restriction or sponsorship
Preferred Qualifications
  • 10+ years of experience in an industrial laboratory setting
  • Managerial and leadership skills
Working at FutureFuel
  • Compensation: We offer competitive compensation packages, including a relocation program and an individual annual bonus
  • Comprehensive Benefits: We provide medical, dental, and vision insurances, 401k matching, an employee gym, life insurance, and disability insurance.
About FutureFuel

FutureFuel Chemical Company (FFCC) is a specialty and fine chemical manufacturing producer with an over forty-year successful plant history. FFCC has three business segments: custom/toll manufacturing, performance chemicals, and biodiesel. FFCC serves a wide variety of markets including pharmaceutical intermediates and products, nylon and polyester fibers, cleaning products, agricultural products, paints and coating, and fuels and energy.

FFCC is a small publicly traded company with approximately 500 employees that has a rich history of complex organic chemistry innovation, excellent environmental stewardship, and excellent health and safety compliance. We are a growing U.S. manufacturer of specialty organic chemicals and premium biofuels. Our company is headquartered in Clayton, St Louis and publicly listed on the NYSE under "FF". We have a world class integrated biofuels and specialty chemicals manufacturing facility in Batesville, Arkansas.

About the Location

Batesville, Arkansas is a small rural town of about 10,000 on the foothills of the Ozark Mountains with excellent area schools, a University of Arkansas 2-year college and Lyon College, a highly rated Liberal Arts College. We are a strong outdoor community with the White River, nearby lakes, parks, bike trails, dog park, walking trails, excellent soccer and baseball/softball facilities, a thriving community and aquatics center and Historic Main Street, and close access to Blanchard Springs Caverns, The Ozark Folk Center, and the Buffalo River, one of the longest undammed rivers west of the Mississippi and the nation’s first National River designated by Congress in 1972 to preserve its clean water and other outstanding values. Batesville has a regional health care center, Community Theatre and Arts Council, a strong Chamber of Commerce, Mark Martin NASCAR Museum, and a regional historic. Visit Batesville at cityofbatesville.com.

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