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Manager, Product Development for Architectural Coatings


Job Field: Research & Development
Location: Shanghai, CN, 200000
Company: BASF Asia Pacific
Job Type: Experienced
Job ID: EN_CN_25513

We are the world's leading chemical company because we offer intelligent solutions for our customers and for a sustainable future. We have over 110,000 employees connecting around the world. For you, this means an almost unlimited range of job opportunities, career development and lots of potential to continue learning . At BASF we believe strongly in the power of connected minds.


BASF has been a committed partner to Greater China since 1885. With major investments in Nanjing, Shanghai and Chongqing, BASF is one of the largest foreign investors in the Chinese chemical industry, and maintains the BASF Asia Pacific Innovation Campus in Shanghai as a research and development hub for the Asia Pacific region.


  • Develop and provide technical solutions for complex product development projects.
  • Lead the lab team and cross-functional innovation project teams to achieve project objectives in a timely manner, supporting BASF’s business growth strategy in Asia Pacific.
  • Drive innovation processes with regard to new products, new applications and new application technologies, in accordance with BASF’s global innovation strategy.
  • Drive the idea generation and evaluation process in cooperation with all relevant functions and derive proposals for R&D projects.
  • Interact, communicate and collaborate with key customers to better understand unmet needs and identify product development opportunities.

Main tasks

  • Work closely with business partners and customers, and actively identify new product development and innovation opportunities.
  • Manage projects and cross-functional and cross-regional project teams to achieve deliverables/targets in a timely manner.
  • Evaluate new polymers with appropriate test methods and derive/recommend further improvement of polymer properties with regard to project goals.
  • Develop architectural coating formulation knowledge and enhance team knowledge in the field in an effort to help advance customer formulations.
  • Define specifications of new product as well as application methods for production approval.
  • Define and constantly review test methods and test formulations during product development. Responsible for ensuring product development is properly documented.
  • Manage the lab team, and provide required training for chemists and technicians, as well as supervise visiting students and scientists on temporary assignments.
  • Contribute and adhere to environment, health and safety standards and policies of the company, division and site.


  • PhD with at least 1-2 years of R&D experience in emulsion polymerization.
  • Previous work experience in R&D at a major paint company is preferred.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required, including strong presentation skills.

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