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Formulation Scientist


Northfield, IL, US, 60093

Job Description

Stepan is seeking a Formulation Scientist to join our Agricultural Solutions team in Northfield, IL. In this role, you will report to the Agricultural Solutions R&D Manager. Stepan is a leading supplier of products to the agricultural market, and this role will support product development and testing for products used for crop protection, plant and soil health, biological and bio-based ingredients, and more. In this role, you will independently perform work and analyze data to draw conclusions and advance research.  

Key Responsibilities:
•    Develop agricultural formulations used for conventional crop protection, biological crop protection, health & nutrient management, and tank mix adjuvants.
•    Evaluate formulations and product performance according to internal, ASTM, and CIPAC methods.
•    Prepare large scale formulation samples for customer field trials and evaluation according to specified timelines.
•    Contribute to activities across the global agriculture business from support to independent ownership of projects. 
•    Communicate project results, challenges, and opportunities via timely written and verbal updates and presentations.
•    Primary workplace is the Northfield Global Technology Center (office & laboratory environment) with the possibility for remote work per Stepan policy at manager discretion. 10-15% travel anticipated.


•    Experience in formulation development, especially agricultural formulations.
•    Proficiency with basic computer skills (MS Office) and data analysis techniques.
•    Proficiency with the scientific method to design, execute and assess projects. 
•    Must keep an organized, up-to-date laboratory notebook and other documentation. 
•    Participate in safety/waste programs and steadfastly adhere to policies/standards.
•    Some physical activity (walking, standing, moving heavy pails, etc) is expected.


•    Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or related science field is required.



Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 20 global manufacturing locations and over 2,000 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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