Sr. Scientist / Engineer, Formulations & Process - Controls in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 6/17/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

We are looking for an Sr. Scientist / Engineer, Formulations & Process - Controls who will join our R&D team in Marysville, OH.

This position will be based at The Scotts Miracle-Gro world headquarters in Marysville, a suburb of Columbus, OH.  Not familiar with Columbus? Visit

Reporting to a R&D Product Development Lead in the Controls Category, the Senior Scientist/Engineer will support new processes, formulations and product development from bench-top experiments scaling to commercial product launch. The Sr Scientist/Engineer will conduct research, prepare formulations, conduct laboratory tests, analyze results and prepare the appropriate documentation.  The candidate will play a critical role bringing new innovation and in the development of liquid and granular technologies in a broad range of consumer pest control products including but not limited to insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, baits, traps, and a strong focus on natural and organic products. The Scientist/Engineer will create raw material and formulation specifications within Scotts Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) documentations system. The Scientist/Engineer will be responsible for finding new technologies, developing new products and processes, and identifying cost savings opportunities within the current portfolio of products. The Scientist/Engineer will constantly pair relevant technologies with consumer needs in order to develop innovative products that meet consumer needs and the needs of the business.

This Scientist/Engineer will help build our business strategy by providing thoughtful leadership on granular and liquid formulation technologies that can be applied to sustainable consumer products by developing commercially viable formulations. The candidate will interact directly with Packaging Development, Biology, Marketing, Sourcing, Regulatory and Supply Chain in order to facilitate these activities.


What you’ll do in this role:


  • Develop commercially-valuable formulations and shepherd new processes to production scale in support of the consumer lawn & garden business.

  • Generates, documents, and reports data as necessary for product registration and production specifications. Collaborates closely with colleagues to ensure alignment on project goals and maximize efficient use of resources versus milestones and commercialization schedules. 

  • Provide direction and support for scale-up from laboratory bench top to pilot plant to full production.

  • Identify and promote proprietary formulation and process opportunities and strategies via collaboration with R&D and Operations.

  • Communicates project status and results in written technical reports and oral presentations to R&D, Operations, and the Business Units.

  • Works closely with marketing, operations and other business units to develop robust business cases in support of projects.

  • Assists Operations and Contract Manufacturing with implementation of new or revised formulations through training of manufacturing staff and on-site technical coverage of the initial production campaign.


What you’ll need to be successful:


  • Masters or PhD Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related field preferred (or BS with sufficient experience).

  • Minimum 7 to 10  years industrial experience with strong background in formulations, ideally including liquids, powders and/or granular formulations.

  • Experience with formulation scale-up principles and challenges. Knowledge of bulk liquid and solids handling.

  • Direct experience with formulation characterization methods, e.g., chromatography, viscosity, particle size, flash point, solubility.

  • Awareness of 5S and Six Sigma principles strongly beneficial

  • Scientific curiosity and rigor. Interest in lawn care, horticulture, and/or gardening is a plus.

  • Networking skills to build support systems and seek out new technologies.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):


  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage 

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount) 

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy 

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 24,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office 

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse) 

  • Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef run cafe and the best crushed ice! 

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, and Scotts Young Professionals 

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Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.