Job Description

Why Valvoline Global Operations?

Valvoline Global is a worldwide leader in automotive and industrial solutions, creating future-ready products and best-in-class services for partners around the globe. Established in 1866, we introduced the world’s first branded motor oil, claiming our position as The Original Motor Oil. 


As an affiliate of Aramco, one of the world's largest integrated energy and chemicals companies, we continue to invest strategically and expand globally, driving unparalleled product innovation and sustainable business solutions.


Our corporate values of care, integrity, passion, and excellence shape everything we do. Living out our values is what makes our company, our employees, our partners, our customers, and the communities we serve great. 


When you join Valvoline Global, you join a culture that is committed to: treating all people with care, operating with integrity, striving for excellence in everything we do, and showing passion about delivering on our commitments.


Careers for the Driven

Valvoline has a rewarding opportunity as a Senior Staff Scientist. We whole-heartedly adopt a ‘never idle' mindset. We also know that outstanding service begins and ends with our employees. So, we’re looking for good people to join our team. You bring your skills, talents, and drive. We will give you a great place to work, a competitive salary and benefits, and the resources and support to develop and advance within our global company.


How You’ll Make an Impact

The Senior Staff Scientist will support the NPDL group in development of lubricants, coolants, and automotive chemicals products.  Provides advanced analysis and troubleshooting support required by internal or external customers relating to automotive chemical product lines. In the role, you would be responsible for:

  • Conducting work requiring independent judgment in the evaluation, selection, adaptation, and modification of standard techniques, processes, and criteria; refers to knowledge of precedents in the specialty area and principles and practice in related specialties.
  • Devising new approaches to problems encountered; works within conventional practices but may incorporate complex features; receives technical guidance on unusual or complex problems.
  • Designing, building and operating experimental rigs for testing lubricants and materials.
  • Conducting "hands on" theological and analytical testing of automotive chemicals in the laboratory.
  • Developing new technology for implementation in Valvoline® driveline products, coolant, brake and other services.
  • Performing advanced chemistry and tribology research for development of next generation automotive chemical products.
  • Providing technical expertise to support product improvement by working in conjunction with internal groups, OEM customers, government agency and leading universities.
  • Planning, scheduling, conducting, or coordinating detailed phases of work for a part of a major project or total project of moderate scope.
  • Generating product claims data via lab, bench, engine or field testing to leverage Valvoline's technology advantages across entire product line.
  • Providing work direction to lab scientist(s) and mentor to support their career development.
  • Providing advanced analysis and troubleshooting support required by internal or external customers relating to automotive chemical product lines.
  • Conducting research effectively by maintaining accurate records of experiments and analyses performed, conducting relevant literature searches, and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of all current methods of experimentation.

What You’ll Need

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field such as Material Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Chemistry
  • Minimum 5 years of experience preferred in the following areas:

    • Theoretical and experimental analysis and application of hydrocarbons as cleaners/degreasers
    • Numerical modeling of mechanical system
    • Automotive chemical formulations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Multi-tasker and problem-solver
  • Familiarity with Engine/Transmission hardware, operation and design
  • Attention to detail and desire to complete quality work products
  • Ability to work well with others and comprehend instruction quickly
  • Knowledge of Engine and Transmission Performance Testing
  • Knowledge of oil specifications and qualification procedures is advantageous
  • Experience with analytical test methods and laboratory methods
  • Computer Skills - specifically Excel, Power Point, SAP and QC software
  • Travel is required to perform some responsibilities of position (up to 10%)
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. 

What Will Set You Apart 

  • PhD preferred
  • Experience formulating finished lubricants, either for an oil marketer, additive supplier or base oil manufacturer


Benefits That Drive Themselves

  • Health insurance plans (medical, dental, vision)
  • HSA and flexible spending accounts
  • 401(k)  
  • Incentive opportunity*
  • Life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability insurance
  • Paid vacation and holidays*
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee discounts
  • Tuition reimbursement*
  • Adoption assistance*

*Terms and conditions apply, and benefits may differ depending on position.


Valvoline provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Are you good at what you do? Join us.


The Company endeavors to make its recruitment process accessible to any and all users.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided, upon request, to applicants with disabilities in order to facilitate equal opportunity throughout the recruitment and selection process.  Please contact Human Resources at 1-800-Valvoline or email to make a request for reasonable accommodation during any aspect of the recruitment and selection process.  The contact information is for accommodation requests only; do not use this contact information to inquire about the status of applications.




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