Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0463
Post Date 12/5/2018
Title Scientist I
City Montvale
State NJ
Description Driven by a commitment to research, quality and service, PDI, Inc. provides innovative products, educational resources, training and support to prevent infection transmission and promote health and wellness. Encompassing 3 areas, our Healthcare, Sani Professional and Contract manufacturing divisions, we develop, manufacture and distribute leading edge products for North America and the world.

We have several locations across the US and are looking for new Associates to join our team!

POSITION PURPOSE

The Scientist I position is key member of the PDI organization and the R&D Environment of Care Product development team. This individual will assist product development scientists in formulating, batching and monitoring the stability of EPA-registered surface disinfectant products. Key focus areas will include sample preparation for microbial efficacy testing and product development activities focused on new product development and product improvements.

The candidate will assist in the compilation and maintenance of product design history files (DHF).

The position will require cross-functional interaction, communication, and partnership with cross functional team members, especially Packaging, Nonwovens, Analytical, Microbiology, Regulatory and Manufacturing teams to ensure critical milestones are completed and deliverables met.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES

RESEARCH INITIATIVE & DEVELOPMENT:
a. Basic formulation knowledge and good understanding of chemical interactions.
b. Ability to follow manufacturing instructions for lab-scale formulations with minimal guidance.

FORMULATION AND REGULATORY SUPPORT:
a. Batching of lab-scale surface disinfectant formulations.
b. Setting up and monitoring stability studies for lab-scale and production trial samples of surface disinfectant formulations.
c. Strong observational skills and timely communication of progress and results.
d. Maintain an accurate laboratory notebook.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:
• Tests products and prototypes, comparing to benchmarks or competitor products, makes product samples for marketing presentations, laboratory evaluation, consumer and clinical testing
• Analyzes data and prepares technical reports and summaries
• Supports product scale up and line trials and writes trial reports
• Develops and validates test methods to evaluate performance of products and prototypes
• Writes SOPs and specifications
• Analyses competitor products and evaluates raw materials used
• Makes recommendations to management on direction for prototype development
• Plans own workload to ensure tasks and objectives are completed

PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENTS
1. Demonstrate the capability to assist product development scientists with formulation and record keeping activities.
2. Ability to perform multiple project objectives in a timely manner.
3. Ability to adapt quickly to changing project focus and priorities.
4. Willingness to develop formulation skills and take on more responsibilities.
5. Ability to effectively communicate and cooperate with other team members and cross-functional teams.
Requirements QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION:
• University Degree in Science or Engineering required
• Masters an advantage

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE:
Previous experience in a R&D lab is required

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
1 - 3 years of work experience in a R&D laboratory.
Previous experience with wipes is advantageous.
Experience with EPA-registered products is a plus.

SKILLS/ABILITIES:
• Work with R&D scientists to support key projects through the product development process.
• Ability to batch lab-scale quantities of specified formulations.
• Ability to work on multiple projects of varying complexity.
• Strong communication skills (verbal and written).
• Team player.
• Good organizational skills and time management skills.
• Maintain laboratory supplies and equipment.
• Maintain accurate records including laboratory notebooks.
• Work with R&D scientists on the compilation and maintenance of product Design History Files (DHF).
• Computer literate (Outlook/Word/PowerPoint/Excel).
• Follow safety and lab maintenance procedures.
• Adaptable learner
• Enjoys fast pace environment with varied work
• Wants to develop career and make an impact in fast growing and dynamic company

WORKING CONDITIONS

EXPECTATIONS: About 70% Lab and 30% office environment
No hazardous or significantly unpleasant conditions

INTENT AND FUNCTION OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS

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All descriptions have been reviewed to ensure that only essential functions and basic duties have been included. Peripheral tasks, only incidentally related to each position, have been excluded. Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on the organization.

Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.

Nice-Pak Products, Inc. (NP) is the global developer, manufacturer and marketer of pre-moistened wipes for the consumer market, specializing in personal care, hygiene, household cleaning and disinfection products.
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  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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