Birko Corporation
  • - R&D
  • Commerce City, CO, USA
  • 80000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Formulation Chemist

Reports to: R&D Innovation Manager
Department: R&D
Education: B.S./M.S. in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering or equivalent experience
Driver's License: Valid state license
Location: Henderson, CO
Travel: Occasional overnight travel
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Physical Requirements: Standing for extended periods of time, mixing, bending, lifting up to 25 pounds, wearing PPE

At Birko, we take food safety seriously. Nothing is more important to us than making sure the food chain is secure, safe and pathogen free. The company has over 60 years of service to the food safety industry and manufactures more than 400 concentrated cleaning, sanitation, antimicrobial interventions and process chemical formulations.
Birko's expertise and innovation in food safety is built on a strong technical foundation and our team of chemists and microbiologists are industry-leading experts. We supply over 60% of the Top 100 U.S. protein companies and 90% of the top 10 U.S. beef processors. Our penetration in the brewery sector is equally strong as evidenced by our many customers who are winners at the Great American Beer Fest! And in produce, our customers span the nation and include companies with household names and trusted products

The incumbent in this position will be a member of an R&D Team that focuses on development of new products, improvement to current products, production operation support, and technical support of customers.

• Contribute as part of the team working with manufacturing site leadership, R&D staff, and site personnel
• Develop new products and improve existing products
• Manage product development time-lines, coordinate with manufacturing schedules
• Assist in the development of processes for product manufacturing scale-up
• Develop and participate in quality management practices related to lab and product manufacturing
• Develop good laboratory procedures for the lab HPLC and provide training for lab staff
Birko is an ISO 9001 Certified company. That means there are Standard Operating Procedures that are inherent to our success as a company. All positions require the following:
• Maintaining an awareness of and following procedures
• If procedures fail to result in desired outcome notifying supervisor
• Being involved in updates to procedures and suggesting improvements

• Minimum of a B.S. degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering
• Hands-on chemist with a history of successfully solving problems and commercializing products
• At least 2-5 years formulation experience in any of the following areas: household products, industrial and institutional cleaning products, drilling muds, industrial cutting fluids, or similar surfactant based systems
• Experience with design of experiment and associated software
• Self-starter capable of working on projects with little oversight/direction
• Leadership experience in a chemical processing manufacturing operation
• New product development and existing product improvement and testing; Investigate and implement avenues to simplify formulations and improve efficiency
• Product manufacturing scale-up
• Strong communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical information effectively to multiple levels of expertise
• Via data analysis, ability to recognize, question, and develop recommendations to technical issues in testing, production, maintenance, logistics, quality, environmental issues, and safety
• Ability to troubleshoot issues and formulate on the fly
• Knowledge of and experience with Design for the Environment (DFE) and Cleangredients programs
• Experience with HPLC/UHPLC method development, preferably method development for analysis of detergent mixtures.
• Availability for occasional overnight travel to customer sites
Please note, Birko conducts pre-employment and random drug screens. In addition, there will be a pre-employment background check.

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