R&D Scientist Leather

Research and Development Chennai, India



Job Success Profile

Scientist / R&D Scientist – Leather

Chennai, India


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 works proactively and collaboratively with its worldwide customers in pulp and paper, leather, and water treatment to deliver exceptional service and innovative specialty chemical solutions 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 Scientist / R&D Scientist – Leather will contribute to Buckman’s Global Growth Strategy by accelerating the development of new products and increasing foundational knowledge of leather related chemistries on Beamhouse and Tanning.  The resource will be positioned to maintain existing projects and accelerate the development of new capabilities in Leather, specifically around products from raw to tannage. This position will be formulation and application focused and will be expected to deliver new, differentiated technologies that grow Buckman's market share in leather related markets.

Minimum Requirements to Apply

Demonstrated excellence in laboratory safety practices and compliance

Demonstrated science-based approach to designing and developing novel formulations from raw to tanning

A working understanding of laboratory operations, laboratory instrumentation, and laboratory methods is required

A thorough understanding of scientific methodology and design of experiments is required

Strong foundation of chemistry and leather technology

Track record of new product development from concept to commercialization

Experienced in operation and maintenance of analytical and application testing instruments

Must have good communication skills, both written and verbal in English, and can work independently and on multidisciplinary teams

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference and apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, and ratios to practical situations

Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and data sheets.

Preferred Requirements

Ph.D. preferable

Master’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Leather School with very strong credentials with knowledge, relevant industry experience, expertise and proven track record may apply. 

15 years of formulation experience in leather products

Direct experience and knowledge in formulation of chemicals applied from raw to tanning, for example: degreasers, unhairing auxiliaries, deliming agents, tanning auxiliaries

Experience with formulation development and direct scale-up is required. 

Fluent in English

Main Success Metrics

  • Be a leader in creating a safe lab culture
  • Communication
    • Take ownership in communicating complex technical ideas and concepts internally, to the external technical community as well as to customers
  • Liaison and Networking
    • Develop and maintain an appropriate network of market segment specific customers, customer technical teams, suppliers and operating company contacts.
  • Teamwork, coaching and mentoring
    • Globally engage in technical activities with associates or project teams.
  • Research and analysis
    • Contribute to the design and implementation of research methodologies, including DOE and use of appropriate benchmark products to include in the experiments (incl. competitive products).
  • Intellectual Property development
    • Aggressively Identify opportunities for IP development.
    • Ensure that Open Innovation interactions are covered by Joint Development Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements, to facilitate new product or technology invention and development.
  • New Technology Support
    • Support New Technology trials to assess and confirm the unique value proposition(s) that can be used for Value Based Pricing.
  • Culture
    • Be examples of living the 4I culture




  • Chennai, India


  • English


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