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

Date Posted: 9/2/2020

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 Process and Formulation 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 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, wood science, biology, or similar.  

The 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.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • 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

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

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

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

  • Maintain laboratory and storage upkeep including chemical and equipment supply


  • 1-3 years of industry experience 

  • BS in Chemistry, 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 

Skills and Abilities

  • Attention to detail 

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

  • Driven to identify opportunities and increase overall contribution

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

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

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

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

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 

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: 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!

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

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

● 12 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.

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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.