Chemical Lab Tech in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 1/2/2021

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 a Process & Formulation Technician to join our Nutrient + Controls Research & Development team.

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

The Technician will support the world’s most powerful lawn, garden & indoor growing brands through process and formulation development from bench-top experiments to commercial launch.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Manage, maintain and organize the formulation laboratory, including instrumentation, and chemical & equipment supply;
  • Manage chemical inventory and Safety Data Sheet storage and archiving;
  • Provide hands-on support for various scientific activities (manufacturing trials, establishing biology trials where formulations will be applied, and collecting data);
  • Gather qualitative and quantitative data on formulations such as color/appearance, physical stability, pH, particle size, contact angle, viscosity, bulk density/specific gravity, etc.;
  • Assist Formulator with batching larger quantity formulations for scale up and stability testing;
  • Assist formulator in set up and management of formula stability, record experimental results and report them as directed;
  • Become proficient in SMG computer software and assist in management of formulation tasks as necessary;
  • Assist from time to time in other support activities e.g. delivering trial samples, helping with tours and at Public Relations and field day events;
  • Prepare and arrange chemical samples for shipment and waste disposal, per DOT, EPA, and OSHA regulations as instructed.
  • Perform all project tasks in compliance with corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety policies and principles.

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • AS or BA/BS degree in a science field; chemistry, materials or applied science preferred,  will consider other related fields
  • In lieu of degree will also consider candidates with significant (5+ years) practical chemical laboratory experience and strong references from previous employment
  • Ability to follow work instructions and test protocols
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and basic math skills and scientific curiosity
  • Personal drive and ability to be a self-starter and work unsupervised
  • Ability to lift 50lb required
  • Basic computer skills including: use of spreadsheets, word processing and email
  • Industry experience in a laboratory setting a plus
  • Familiarity with laboratory hoods, safety equipment, mixers, hot plates, pH meters, glassware, and basic chemical reactivity (e.g., acids, bases, flammables); mills, analytical equipment, quantitative chemical analysis background, etc. a plus
  • 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

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu vaccine. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns. 

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

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.