Analytical Scientist in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 9/18/2020

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. ​

The Laboratory Services team is looking for an Analytical Scientist to join their Analytical Research Laboratory, supporting Scotts Research & Development. The position will report directly to the Manager of Lab Services and work closely with the staff of the Analytical Research Lab, Packaging Test Lab, Process & Formulations team, and Corporate Quality to analyze new and existing Scotts products ranging from fertilizers to pesticides.

Key Worked Performed

Prepare and conduct chemical analyses (45%)

Develop and validate methods (25%)

Support Quality labs with method development/troubleshooting (5%)

Support the Scotts EPA-GLP program (15%)

Perform routine and non-route equipment maintenance (10%)

Opportunity Description

The chemist will support the work of the Analytical Research Laboratory by doing the following:

  • Work with Formulations and Manufacturing personnel in the analytical characterization of new products, including troubleshooting
  • Analyze research samples via spectrophotometric, chromatographic, and wet chemistry techniques
  • Develop and review complex analytical methods for new products
  • Record laboratory information and results in notebooks and databases
  • Report results to the internal and external customers Assist with instrument maintenance
  • Take part in, and potentially lead, external lab qualifications and audits


Most difficult or most complex task or project performed by the jobholder: 

  • Must have a thorough understanding of analytical lab principles and procedures. 

Degree to which responsibilities require original thinking (provide examples of activities):

  • Moderate to High degree.  Troubleshooting unexpected lab results, equipment issues, and developing analytical methods that pass EPA and State agency scrutiny.

Supervision Exercised

Number and titles of positions directly supervised:

  • Interns or temporary labor (typically 1 associate).

Minimum Requirements


  • Minimum B.S. degree in a physical science discipline (chemistry preferred); M.S. or Ph.D. desirable


  • At least 4-6 years of experience in an analytical lab environment
  • Prior experience with method development


  • Proficiency with MS Excel, basic laboratory principles and preferably, this individual would have taken both general and organic chemistry

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Self-driven in a busy and detail-oriented technical environment

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