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BASF Color Scientist in Southfield, Michigan

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Color Scientist (1902161) – Southfield, MI

Where the Chemistry Happens

We are seeking a professional like you to work within the color and pigment group and be accountable for the coordination of all color instrumentation processes for both Refinish and OEM coatings at BASF in North America. In this role, you will evaluate and select color measuring equipment and develop and test software to measure, display, and record color data. Since these instruments and software are necessary for the customer approval of color positions, you will have a link to both customers and suppliers to ensure all quality aspects are fulfilled for both customer and BASF Coatings interests. Internally, you will work closely with product management, technical design - development and service, operations, quality control, and account support functions to develop and execute short-and-long term color strategies. In addition, you will interact frequently with the Color Science Department in Münster, Germany to achieve targets established by the management teams. Additionally, you will help train and resource our organization in the area of color science.

You will lead and supervise 2-4 associates in color science-related functions at both the Southfield, MI and Whitehouse, OH locations.

Formula for Success

  • Leveraging your education and work experience in a scientific discipline, you will understand customer decision-making processes for color tolerances and approvals and disseminate the key elements of these processes to the appropriate BASF functions and positions.

  • Your solid communication and interpersonal skills will serve you well as you develop and maintain relationships with key instrument manufacturers.These skills will also aid you in the delivery and presentation of written business proposals in pursuit of new technology opportunities and/or to maintain or improve existing color science programs.

  • Your ability to manage and maintain color science programs and databases will be a great benefit to BASF products for Refinish and OEM.

  • Successfully engaging across the organization, you will support internal teams (Account, Technical, Quality, Operations) in the development of strategies, programs and tactics for color science and aid account management personnel in securing customer product and technology approvals, meeting product program timing and performance targets.

  • Demonstrating your intense customer focus, you will facilitate customer approvals of BASF products, technologies and change management initiatives for color instrumentation and control.You will also ensure compliance to customer product programs (e.g. ACP) and change management procedures.

  • Your strong business acumen and deep technical understanding will be necessary to develop and execute technical strategies that are consistent with agreed upon BASF Coatings strategies and financial targets.Additionally, you will work with the greater Color Excellence OEM team and Refinish to develop long-term strategies and policies.

  • Your extensive knowledge of instrumentation such as color spectrophotometers and how they may be applied to measure products will be essential as you decide on new instrument approval and acquisition and help set product and service prices and support.

  • Your strong organizational skills will aid you in managing and coordinating the flow of all color science communication between BASF Coatings, customers, and suppliers.You will also use these skills to manage and coordinate the fulfillment of customer bidding and request for quotation processes.

  • Relying on your proven leadership capabilities, you will lead and ensure the appropriate deployment of resources within the color science group to meet customer and BASF internal commitments.

  • Must be able to pass Munsell Hue Test

Leadership Expectations : As a leader at BASF, you will play a key role in creating value for the company through people. Our top candidate will be expected to enable greater personal success among our employees through quality people development, coaching, and performance management. Leaders at BASF are role models to help employees develop the competencies needed to implement BASF's strategy. Our expectation is that leaders will coach and develop team members to reach their full potential, and support relevant development assignments, opportunities and moves while motivating and challenging employees to drive high performance. Our leaders must be committed to "hiring the best" internally and externally at the same time they are creating an inclusive environment which embraces and derives value from diversity. Finally, a leader at BASF must establish and support our safety culture in which all accidents are preventable.

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You

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The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.

Job: REDE - Research & Development

Organization: N-ECN/OT-OEM-Technical-63019434

Title: Color Scientist

Location: MI-Southfield

Requisition ID: 1902161