Senior Chemist

Land O' Lakes

Land O' Lakes

River Falls, WI, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Senior Chemist

Job Scope

  • Position is responsible for the management of the pilot lab at River Falls, WI, this role is an individual contributor

  • Position is an integral part of the By Winfield United Process serving as the conduit between pilot scale and full scale production

  • Position responsible for supporting diverse groups within Winfield Solutions

  • Maintenance of product performance is crucial to maintaining market share through customer satisfaction and quality. Implementation of innovation will ensure growth in this business


35% Winfield United R&D pilot and launch support

This position will be the primary point of contact for the pilot lab and responsibilities associated with the pilot lab. Responsibilities shall include operation budgeting and capital expense budgeting. Manage formulation of laboratory pilot scale products, quality assurance and transfer/scale-up of formulation technology from lab to formulation facility

35% Product re/formulation

Serve as a technical lead for formulation process for herbicide, insecticide, and fungicide, adjuvant, plant nutrition, and seed treatment products to support discovery, product development, market development, and innovation. Supports and contributes to processes for prioritizing projects, planning efficient workflow, advanced process development, allocating time and resources, coordinating with other relevant staff, summarizing results, supporting information development for marketing and training, and related.

10% Quality assurance and product improvement

Qualify new manufacturing procedures and ingredients for CPP products as they arise. Document and archive product quality SOPs, including product-specific procedures, and in so doing, support the product registration and EH&S functions.

10% Technical validation

Work with procurement to identify opportunities for materials validation.

5% Lab Safety

This position ensures that all staff members comply with all pilot laboratory rules and regulations, including health and safety policies, to guarantee the highest quality of results.

5% Packaging and materials validation

Identify & approve appropriate packaging for new products and approve overall changes to packaging & materials. Work with external and internal resources to efficiently qualify packaging and materials.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related sciences (professional chemistry preferred)

  • 5+ years agricultural R&D experience

  • Ability to work within a cross functional group setting with significant collaboration.

  • Provide leadership, vision and innovation

  • Diverse ag formulation knowledge

  • Expertise on various chemistries: surface tension, analytical, physical, inorganic, coordination, micelle, complex ion equilibria, and biochemistry.

  • Knowledge of ASTM, CIPAC, AAPFCO, and CPDA-AIC protocols and definitions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive experience with pilot scale processes and full scale production

  • Mastery of surface tension chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, micelle chemistry, complex ion equilibria, and biochemistry in order to formulate and solve complex formulation needs

Location: River Falls, WI

Can reside in nearby Twin Cities area.

Relocation assistance is available.

Travel: 10%


About Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Join us and be part of a Fortune 250, farmer- and member-owned cooperative that is reimagining the business of food. We have been named a Top Workplace by Indeed and LinkedIn, and to the TIME 100 Most Influential Companies list.

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