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PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL), is an award-winning workplace because of the value we place on our people and their contributions through, recognition programs, competitive pay, community involvement, and opportunities to grow professionally and personally. We have a proven track record of promoting from within by providing professional development opportunities. We are a $3 billion world-class, global provider of polymer solutions with our materials used in everyday products ranging from sports equipment to medical devices to electronics and more. With approximately 6,000 global associates and 70+ facilities around the world, we collaborate closely with our customers to deliver innovative products and services. If you like to be challenged in a fast-paced, team environment and to work with top, innovative talent, then PolyOne is the ideal company for you to build a career. 


At PolyOne, we strive for a culture of trust and engagement. Our associates are leading company initiatives such as Lead by Women, HYPE and Pride at PolyOne to advance diversity in professional and personal development. We also provide our associates with robust development programs such as PolyOne Academy, Lean Six Sigma, and various leadership workshops to allow for career growth in a variety of ways. With workplace flexibility, health and wellness programs, casual dress days, paid time off for community service and flex Friday’s, we are committed to building upon our positive momentum.


The Corporate R&D Leadership Development Program accelerates professional development by placing high caliber Ph.D. graduates on multiple PolyOne R&D Teams. This two year program consists of two (2) twelve-month, or three (3) nine-month rotational assignments and provides hands on roles that will help you gain experience in technology and leadership philosophy while providing technical, functional and leadership skills training. These teams develop and support a wide range of projects that enable the critical processes of PolyOne businesses.

Rotational assignments will vary depending on the skills of the candidate hired, and may include foundational R&D and applied product or process development directed toward any of PolyOne’s technical platforms. During each phase of their assignment they will establish relationships with peers and leaders, learn fundamentals and be provided feedback from the program manager. Upon completion of the program, individuals will be placed in a full time role within PolyOne that best suits their personal and professional goals and matches the business needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Actively interface with business and technology leaders to develop custom polymer formulations and / or processes adhering to customer specifications, quality requirements, and operational goals and standards.

  • Contribute to product platform development through the application of statistical experimental design, product testing, and data analysis.

  • Perform literature and patent searches to guide experimentation.

  • Partner with manufacturing resources to develop test methods and establish quality controls for new materials / processes.

  • Support marketing and sales through development of product and application data.

  • Summarize experimental strategies and data analysis in written reports and presentations for communication with peers, customers, and various levels of management.

  • Collaborate in cross-functional projects across business units.

  • Develop Lean Six Sigma (LSS) capabilities.

  • Upon completion, participants may have the opportunity to join the Finance Leadership development Program after graduation.

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Polymer Science, Material Science or Physics, with a focus on polymer materials development, structure-property relationships, or polymer processing.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

  • Demonstrated project management capability.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.

  • Motivated with a passion to succeed.


We offer a competitive salary, incentive and benefit plan. Comprehensive benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, flexible spending accounts and 401(k).

PolyOne Corporation is a drug free workplace.  PolyOne is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination in providing equal employment to all qualified employees and candidates regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran’s status, or other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable state and local law.

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