Process and Formulations, Senior Specialist in Marysville, OH at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 8/8/2019

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 and Formulations, Senior Specialist who will join our Gardens R&D team in Marysville, Ohio.

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 Process and Formulation, Senior Specialist will work with Formulation Scientists to support the formulation development from bench-top experiments to commercial launch.  This position requires a broad base knowledge of natural and wood type materials applicable to the manufacturing of growing media and soil based products.  This will include material evaluation and characterization of raw materials and final formulations. The Senior Specialist will be able to develop and conduct appropriate tests to establish material performance and modify materials appropriately to satisfy final product requirements. The ideal candidate will have a background in material science, chemistry, chemical engineering, wood science, biology, or similar. 

The Senior Specialist will also conduct research, prepare formulations, conduct laboratory tests, analyze results, and prepare appropriate documentation. The candidate will prepare samples for stability testing and help analyze results.  The candidate will develop and create raw material and formulation specifications within Scotts’ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) documentations system. The candidate will also interact directly with Packaging Development, Biology, Marketing, Purchasing, and Supply Chain in order to facilitate these activities. 

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Design and conduct pre-formulation, formulation development, process development, process optimization, scale up and manufacturing and solve complex problems

  • Provide hands-on support for various activities including manufacturing trials

  • Prepare formulations for analysis and field work, conduct laboratory test, record and analyze results

  • Characterize materials for quality assurance

  • Create, route, and approve raw material and finished good specifications

  • Perform all project tasks in compliance with corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety principles

  • Maintain laboratory and storage upkeep including chemical and equipment supply

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • 2+ years of industry experience

  • BS in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Material Science, Environmental Science, Natural Sciences, Wood Science, or similar degree

  • Broad awareness of consumer lawn and garden products and practices; hands-on experience is desirable

  • Strong working knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry and/or chemical engineering including processing techniques, formulation techniques, equipment design and operation

  • Conducts trials/experimentation with minimal oversight to completion, including initiation, data collection, preliminary data analysis

  • Exhibits scientific curiosity by posing probing questions, challenges current methods and processes, etc.

  • Displays personal drive, motivation and perseverance to identify and fill needs

  • Communicates effectively through work on project teams, conferences, tours, etc.

  • Manages multiple demands through strong organizational skills, efficiency and prioritization

  • Networking skills to build support system and seek out new technologies

  • Ability to write professional reports that can withstand scientific, peer review

  • Ability to present technical information effectively to make sound decisions

  • Attention to detail

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

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

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 2,400 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office. 

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

  • Unbelievable 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

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

  • Generous holiday and vacation days.

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.