Technician, Plant Food

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Marysville , OH 43040

Posted 2 months ago

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day. Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace. Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today's gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders.

General Summary:

The plant food formulation technician will be responsible for laboratory and field testing of new or experimental products that may include fertilizers, pesticides, and/or other gardening products.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support pre-formulation, formulation development, process development, process optimization, scale up and manufacturing and solve complex problems

  • Work with multifunctional teams including: Field Biology, Process/Formulation, Regulatory, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Packaging/Durables Development to commercialize new/improved products/processes.

  • Communicate results in written technical reports and periodic oral presentations to R&D and Operations.

  • Support trials of new processes and new products.

  • Create, route, and approve raw material and finished good specifications

  • Perform all project tasks in compliance with corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety principles


  • B.S. in Chemistry, Engineering or equivalent natural science degree or experience

  • Experience in bench chemistry & execution of experiments

  • History of team oriented problem solving.

  • Broad awareness of consumer lawn and garden products and practices

Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with basic methods of experimental design and statistical data analysis

  • Results driven, highly-motivated individual

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to multitask, while being attentive to detail

  • Exceptional problem solving skills including formulation diagnostic capability

  • Ability to think strategically and abstractly

  • Excellent computer skills

Primary duties to include:

  • Prepare and test developmental and commercial formulations

  • Conduct experiments and carryout assays and methods

  • Conduct detailed observations of samples and trials

  • Record laboratory information from preparations and tests

  • Create design of experiments

  • Use of specialized bench and pilot scale mixing equipment such as blenders, homogenizers, and compression (pelleting/

  • Use of specialized measurement tools such as pH meters, drone imaging, image analysis software

  • Use of specialized data analysis software and ability to perform statistical analysis

  • Engage with project teams to develop new ideas, influence project execution planning, report trial results, and inform product design attributes

  • Ship chemicals, manage waste and chemical inventory, and support safety program

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

Onsite wellness center which includes: 24,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor's office.

Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

Beautiful campus and corporate offices designed like a log cabin offering free coffee, chef run cafe and the best crushed ice!

First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women's Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Scotts Young Professionals.

12 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.


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Technician, Plant Food

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company