Polymer Research Scientist - Lancashire

  • Salary: up to £35,000 DOE
  • REF Number: 00039606
  • Consultant: Victoria Walker
  • Contact: 01246 457700
  • Date Published: 08.09.2017
  • Closed Date: 26.10.2017
  • Sector: Materials, Chemicals
  • Location: North West
  • Discipline: Research And Development

Victoria Walker is recruiting for a Polymer Research Scientist to join a polymer and materials manufacturing company based in Lancashire, on a full time, permanent basis.

The company has a large share of the market and exports to 40 countries worldwide. They have manufacturing, sales and distribution capabilities and are the energy and driving force behind some of the world's best known products. With a number of sites throughout the UK, they offer free parking, a defined contribution pension scheme, 25 days holiday and a healthcare scheme. The main purpose of the Polymer Research Scientist role will be to apply expert scientific and technical skills & knowledge in key science and/ or technology areas in order to initiate, plan and implement research & development projects aimed at introducing new products or processes. In terms of progression and development within the company, they are looking for the successful Polymer Research Scientist to have the potential to fulfil a future R&D Manager role, after moving into a Senior Scientist position. Hours are 8.30-5.00pm Monday-Thursday with an early finish on a Friday, and please note that occasional travel overseas will be required. This person will report to the R&D Manager within the Sheet and Composites area of the business.

Further responsibilities of this Polymer Research Scientist will be to:

  • Lead, plan and undertake R&D projects identified by the Sheet & Composites NPD process and be responsible for their delivery within agreed timescales. Advise on and manage any additional resources required to deliver individual projects
  • Liaise with the commercial, sales and marketing functions together with customers to quantify the technical requirements of individual NPD programs. Devise and perform experimental programs to test the feasibility of NPD ideas and generate data to quantify their technical and commercial feasibility
  • Manage the scale up, introduction and implementation of NPD projects liaising closely with the relevant technical personnel to ensure robust manufacturing processes are developed. Liaise with manufacturing and commercial colleagues together with customers to communicate new product properties and ensure their efficient and rapid commercialisation
  • Report and review project progress with key business and customer stakeholders. Ensure program priorities are consistent with business strategy and amend where necessary
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of science and technology areas key to the Sheet & Composites Business including competitor NPD activity, through a combination of internal/ external networking, industry publications, internet/ literature surveys and direct experience to provide technical expertise and generate new product ideas
  • Develop and maintain a detailed practical and theoretical knowledge of laboratory/ semi-technical scale experimental techniques and processing technologies essential to the Sheet & Composites Business, including proactively sharing this know-how with other team members to optimise the planning and delivery of NPD projects

As a Polymer Scientist, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • relevant scientific or materials Masters degree (or equivalent)
  • proven industrial work experience
  • effective project manager
  • experience of working in a manufacturing orientated industry - please note this is not a 'blue sky' research role
  • able to apply scientific and technical expertise across a range of technology areas relevant to the business
  • good interpersonal skills to allow strong links with different functions across the business
  • thorough knowledge of the anticipated financial impact of successful projects on business performance
  • ability to identify and link strands. e.g. can identify customer needs and formulations and link them to the finished product
  • innovative mind who will ask questions and solve problems

For more information or to apply for this Polymer Research Scientist position please contact Victoria Walker on 01246 457700 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk . Alternatively, please click on the link below to apply online now. Please note that your CV should show exact dates of employment (month and year) and any gaps of a month or more should be explained.

CK Group is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all who meet our selection criteria.

If you do not hear back from us within 5 working days of your application for this role, it means that on this occasion you have not been shortlisted for the next stage of the recruitment campaign. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential. Please quote reference SH39606 in all correspondence.

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