Water R&D Team Leader

Digital Chennai, India Chetpet



Water R&D Team Leader – Global Water Treatment

(Experienced General Water Treatment) 

Language: English
Location:  Chennai
Employment Type : Permanent
Seniority Level :Mid Senior Level
Travel: Up to 10%

Buckman is a privately held, global specialty chemical company with headquarters in Memphis, TN, USA, committed to safeguarding the environment, maintaining safety in the workplace, and promoting sustainable development. Buckman delivers exceptional service and innovative solutions to our customers globally in the pulp and paper, leather, and water treatment sectors to help boost productivity, reduce risk, improve product quality, and provide a measurable return on investment.  Buckman is in the middle of a digital transformation of its businesses and focused on building the capabilities and tools in support of this.


Position Summary

The Water R&D Team Leader is a first level management role responsible for leading a team of scientists and engineers in delivering innovative products and technologies for industrial water treatment applications. The successful candidate will be accountable to ensure completion of research projects in a fast-paced international environment that will cross multiple industries. You will play a hands-on and consultative role in the chemical product/technology development, working closely with other leaders and team members from regulatory, digital, marketing, and sales organizations to develop solutions that benefit our customers globally.


Competencies Needed for Success

Track record of creative contributions in one of several fields such as specialty chemicals industry, corrosion and deposit control, functional formulation development, sensors, or automation in the industrial water treatment market.

Ability to develop testing protocols and design equipment to simulate customer process conditions, such as pilot cooling towers, flow loops, on-line chemical treatment systems, etc.

Competency with the use of a wide range of modern instrumentation.

Planning and execution of product/technology development from lab scale to commercialization.


Providing support of field trials, marketing materials development, and customer facing presentations.

Strong organizational skills, self-management, and ability to work well in global cross-functional teams.

Excellent MS Office skills, ability to conduct data analysis and draw data-driven conclusions.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong documentation, and report writing skills.


Minimum Requirements to Apply

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Applied Surfactant Science, Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, or Physics with 2+ years of experience developing digital solutions in water treatment industry, or M. S. degree with 5+ years of experience in developing digital solutions in water treatment industry, or Bachelor’s with 10+ years of experience in developing digital solutions in water treatment industry.

Ability to provide hands-on support of field trials at industrial locations.