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Sonoco Adhesives & Coatings

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Position Title

Technical Associate

Posting Title

Adhesive Chemist

Company Description

Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE: SON) is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, adhesives, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately$5 billion, the Company has 21,000 employees working in approximately 300 operations in 33 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is committed to Better Packaging. Better Life., and ranked first in the Packaging sector on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies 2018 list. For more information, visit



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Hiring Manager / Phone

Ming Xia (843) 383-7866

Supervisor / Phone

Ming Xia (843) 3837866


Hartsville, South Carolina

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PMG Technology

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Level of Education required

Bachelor in Chemistry, Polymer Science, or Material Science required. A graduate degree is desirable.

Required Skills (technical / soft)

  • Must have a 4 year Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Material Science, or other related fields
  • A minimum of 5 year experience in formulating water based adhesives; knowledge in wood & Assembly, paperboard, or film substrates and food grade packaging desirable
  • Ability to aggressively attack complex problems and identify feasible or optimal solutions
  • Applies creativity and innovation to achieve technical and business objectives
  • Ability to simultaneously lead or participate in multiple cross-functional teams in a dynamic, fast paced environment
  • Willingness to be an individual contributor, conducting bench or trial work with minimal supervision
  • Having good work ethic, can-do attitude, and adaptability
  • Strong oral/written communication and interpersonal skills, with ability to adjust his/her style to various customers and stake holders

Years of Required Experience

5 or more

Job Description:


  • Conceive, design and test new adhesive products; conduct trials to ensure that newly developed products are successfully transferred to production at the Sonoco Adhesive Division and commercialized at internal and external customer locations


  • Assist sales and business development functions in identifying prospects, conduct technical discovery, and provide assessment on probability of success. Leverage new technologies and new products to new customers, industry segments and markets.


  • Utilize analytical troubleshooting and Lean Manufacturing tools to enhance performance of existing products, reduce total manufacturing costs, and improve productivity in support of customers’ business objectives.


  • Support supply chain management team in identifying and qualifying vendors of raw materials and additives.


  • Keep abreast of cutting edge technologies in adhesive industry. Assess and recommend feasibility of such technical innovations for Sonoco applications.


  • Lead or support quality assurance function in identifying root causes of quality issues, establishing and implementing control changes to provide long-term sustainable improvements at customer locations


  • Maintain complete and accurate records on intellectual properties and pursue patent application or trade secrete as appropriate.


  • Effectively communicate project status, technical market assessment, and recommendations to all stakeholders,