Position Description

Analytical Chemist - Fabrics
Location SC - Anderson
Employment Duration Full time
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First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global, privately-held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.


Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, First Quality is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking an experienced Analytical Chemist - Fabrics for our First Quality Tissue, SE facility located in Anderson, SC.  This position will be primarily responsible for paper machine fabric material research, analysis, and development. It involves used fabric testing and analysis across both sites and understanding the material changes through the life cycle. Also involves the testing of new materials and substrates through the fabric development projects both internally and externally with vendor partners and universities, including the development and project management of a fabric wear test unit. Backup responsibility for fabric service, inspections, and sample collection. Requires excellent interaction and communication with PD and Operations teams and systematic data analysis, storage, and report writing. Also involves some travel to sister production sites (i.e., Lock Haven, PA) and to development partner sites for fabric inspections and development activities.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • New fabric development material testing (i.e., pocket geometry measurements via the Keyence scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermal stability via DSC, mechanical / wear stability to showering, abrasion, compression)

  • Used fabric testing, analysis, reporting, and filing (i.e., pocket geometry measurements via the Keyence, hydrolysis tensile testing, yarn widening and fibrillation, air perm profile, fabrics Sharepoint management)

  • Establish system to test the optimum frequency of used fabrics (TAD, forming, reel belt) for the proper fabric performance benchmark for each PM asset

  • Lead used fabric testing and analysis of failures and special events (i.e., holes, wear streaks, seam failures, trials)

  • Fabric testing for new patent developments

  • Backup role with fabric and related machine equipment inspections during machine stops and outages. (i.e., fabric wear condition – seam and body, air permeability, caliper, edge condition, vacuum box ceramic wear conditions)

  • Assist with used fabric sample collection, labeling, storage, and filing.

  • Development, startup and implementation of fabric wear tester in wet lab

  • Participate in weekly fabric development meetings with vendor partners. Site visits for new trial fabric inspections

  • Backup role in characterization of competitor fabrics and database


The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, polymer science, Engineering, or paper science is required.

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in laboratory testing or advanced degree.

  • Experience with analytical lab equipment, test methods, safety requirements

  • Knowledgeable in material and polymer science

  • Good analytical/troubleshooting skills.

  • Should have strong work ethic and be a self-starter with minimal supervision.

  • Attention to detail required.

  • Focus on getting results in a timely manner.

  • Hands on analytical testing skills desired.

  • Good computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Excel.

  • Excellent resource management for PD project completion

  • Ability and desire to learn and gain a good understanding of paper machine and related operations.


Excellent compensation and benefits, which are effective the first day of employment!


First Quality is committed to protecting information under the care of First Quality Enterprises commensurate with leading industry standards and applicable regulations.  As such, First Quality provides at least annual training regarding data privacy and security to employees who, as a result of their role specifications, may come in to contact with sensitive data.


First Quality is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or protected Veteran status.

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