Chemical careers: what jobs are available?

If you have decided you want to join the chemical industry, your next step will be identifying the type of role you want. Most people presume the natural entry point is working in a laboratory, perhaps as an Analytical Chemist or in Research & Development as these jobs use the education/training you have had so far. However, there are many routes into the chemical industry.

You could decide you would prefer to be more office based for which you should explore roles in regulatory affairs or chemical sales, to name a few.

Or if you prefer the thought of physically being involved in the production of the products you could work on the plant and operations side.

You may just want to work in a laboratory, so potential roles can cover the creation of new products or processes such as R&D Chemist or Process Chemist, or you may prefer to work on the development of new materials, such as Polymer Chemists and Coatings Chemist roles. The other area that features heavily in the chemical industry is the client service side such as Technical Support, Technologists and QA Microbiologists who will respond to the needs of customers.

If you would like further details about the responsibilities of these roles click here 

If you are already in the chemical industry but are unsure of how your skills can be transferred, the general rule of thumb is to follow the materials you work with rather than the function you perform. It’s far more challenging to change from organic synthesis, or ceramics to coatings than it is to move from formulations into coatings.

If you are considering a career move and are unsure of your options click here to contact us

 

 

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Chemical sector could lead us out of recession

As reported by nebusiness.co.uk, the Chemical sector is the hidden part of the UK economy and could help lead us out of recession.

Taking a step back, it is clear to see that the Chemical industries provide all the materials that are used to power £880k of the UK economic activity. It is therefore important that the Government recognises the key role that the chemical industries plays by when considering investment in companies working in the sector. After all, dampening down investment in this sector could hamper the UK’s ability to innovate and discover new products which are key to our economy.

In addition, according to nebusiness.co.uk, the Government must consider the impact of it’s domestic energy and climate change measures on these energy intensive industries. The major chemical manufacturers are fully aware of their responsibility to play their part in increasing energy efficiency and climate change adaption, and as a result have made major steps to become more energy efficient. If inappropriate legalisation is enforced, it will undermine the government’s efforts to attract investment in the UK.

In a bid to tackle these issues, the CBI will be working with the chemical industry across Government departments to highlight the important role the sector plays in the UK economy and the steps required to help ensure it’s success.

Looking for a job in the chemical sector? Click here to search our current chemical jobs now.

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Our Chemical Industry Candidates: August 2011

CK Science are experts in recruitment for the chemical industry.

Please click on the links below to view details of chemical industry candidates based in your area:

South, UK

  • 1st Class Chemist with Placement Year
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Polymer Technologist
  • Technical Sales Manager

Midlands, UK

  • Organic Chemist
  • Technical Service Chemist/Manager
  • Stability Chemist
  • Analytical/R&D Chemist
  • R&D Chemist

North, UK

  • Development Chemist
  • Chemist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Chemist
  • QC Analyst
  • Analyst

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Chemical Industry candidates – South of England

Andrew Bolton, our specialist Chemical Industry Recruiter based in our Stevenage office, is currently helping a number of excellent Chemical Industry candidates based in the South of England, to find new positions. Please find out more below:

Production & Logistics Operative

  • Reference: 108402
  • Location: Will consider all locations in the UK
  • Salary: £20,000+ (Incl. Shift Allowance)

This candidate is a strong Production Operative who has gained industry experience in the Chemical and Materials sectors.

His time in industry has seen him involved in operating production machinery and equipment; undertaking quality control checks (in-process); carrying out preventative maintenance; transport of materials and finished products using a forklift truck as well as training of other production operatives.

Following redundancy, he is available immediately to interview and start.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

Production Operative / Team Leader

  • Reference: 109656
  • Location: Will consider relocation for right role
  • Salary: £Flexible

This candidate is a strong Production Operative who has gained an expanse of industry experience in a heavy manufacturing environment.

His background has seen him involved in the operation of a scope of production equipment and machinery; ensuring quality & industry standards (Incl. COSHH); management of stock levels and completion of relevant production documentation as well as operation of a counter balance forklift truck.

On top of his hands on skills, he also offers strong team leader skills having been responsible for day-to-day supervision of a team of production operatives.

Due to redundancy, he is keen to find a new role utilising his skills and experiences.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

Analytical Chemist

 

  • Reference: 98319
  • Location: Happy to relocate within the UK
  • Salary: £18,000 – £22,000

This candidate is a practiced Analyst who has gained experience within an Analytical Testing Laboratory.

He offers a depth of experience analysing soils, waters and hydrocarbon based samples.

He offers a range of analytical techniques such as AAS & GC, physical property analysis (ASTM, IP) as well as use of CFR Test Engines.

Having recently finished in his previous role, he is available immediately and flexible on location.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

Laboratory Manager

 

  • Reference: 109446
  • Location: Flexible on location
  • Salary: circa £30,000

This candidate has developed a strong career as an Analytical Chemist and now Laboratory Manager within the Chemical & Environmental industries.

His hands on skills include an array of instrumental analysis (GC, GC-FID, UV, ICP-MS and GCMS) as well as more routine wet chemistry.

He also offers management function responsible for day-to-day management of analytical teams; ensuring sample turnaround; management of quality standards (ISO, UKAS, MCERTS) as well as customer facing throughout.

Currently looking for a new challenge, he is looking for a salary of circa £30k and happy to relocate for the right role.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

Polymer Chemist

 

  • Reference: 65968
  • Location: Flexible on relocation
  • Salary: £20,000 – £25,000

This candidate is a strong Polymer Chemist who has gained industrial experience in the Polymer Materials / Chemicals industry.

She offers a wide range of skills including formulation, polymerisation and development of various polymer materials; experience running testing of the materials / chemicals; strong experience running application testing for various solutions as well as strong knowledge of quality standards (ISO, COSHH) including completion of relevant documentation (MSDS).

Due to redundancy, she is currently looking for a new career opportunity.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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Chemical Industry Candidates based in the South of England

Production Operative

  • Ref: 108403
  • Salary: £18,000+ Incl. SA
  • Location: Looking for a new role in the South of England

An experienced Production Operative who has gained strong industry experience within the Chemical industries.

He offers a wide range of skills including mixing/blending, operating production machinery, completion of batch/technical documentation and a full forklift truck licence.

Currently looking for a new opportunity following redundancy, he is available immediately to interview and start.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

 

 

Mechanical Technician

  • Ref: 106339
  • £18,000 – £20,000
  • Happy to relocate from  the South East

This candidate is degree level Mechanical Engineer who has gained industry experience in Engineering & Technology industries.

He offers a scope of skills across the assembly, calibration and servicing of the instruments/devices; fault finding & testing of the equipment as well as completion of relevant documentation.

Currently working on contact, he is keen to find a more stable opportunity.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

 

 

 

Analyst – Chemistry

  • Ref: 87580
  • £22,000 – £24,000
  • Looking to relocate within the South of UK

This candidate is a strong chemistry analyst who has gained strong experience within a Chemical Testing Laboratory.

She offers a multifarious skill set including experience using a range of physical property (ASTM, IP) and analytical instrumentation (GC, GCMS, HPLC, ICP and more). She also offers strong knowledge of relevant legislation and quality standards (ISO, COSHH, MSDS) as well as a variety of computer/software systems used in a laboratory environment including LIMS.

She is currently looking to relocate back to the London or South East regions to be closer to family and is keen to find a role utilising her skills and experiences.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

 

 

 

Technical Manager

  • Ref: 70887
  • Salary: £35,000 – £45,000
  • Flexible on relocation for the right role

An experienced Technical Manager who offers a depth of knowledge and experience in the Polymer/Chemical industries.

He portrays a depth of skills including strong people management of technical and quality staff, a depth of knowledge surrounding product development of  various materials as well as an understanding of the relevant quality/regulatory standards (ISO, COSHH, REACH).

Having recently finished a long term contract, he is keen to find a more secure and permanent role.

For more information, please contact Andrew Bolton at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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Currently Available Chemical Industry Positions…

CK Science are specialists in recruitment for the Chemical Industry. Here are a selection of our current Chemical Industry positions which are currently available.

Aerosol Development Chemist / R&D Manager – East Midlands

  • Reference: SH21139

Our client, a chemicals manufacturer based in the East Midlands, is currently recruiting for an Aerosol Development Chemist or R&D Manager to work within their Aerosols R&D Team.
This role, also commutable from the North West and West Midlands, offers a competitive salary depending on experience and would suit any chemist with experience developing aerosols within the industrial, automotive, personal care or similar sectors.

For more details, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk

Asbestos Manager/ Surveyor, West Midlands

  • Reference: SH21227

Our client, a company specialising in environmental safety, currently requires an Asbestos Manager or Asbestos Surveyor to manage/ join their team based in the West Midlands.
Ideally P402/3/4, S301 and CCP qualified, you will have previous experience carrying out asbestos surveys and will possess a full driving licence.
 

For more details, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk

Project Leader/R&D Chemist (Polymers) – North West, UK

  • Reference: SH20729

Our client, a manufacturer of colours and additives for the polymers industry, is currently looking for a Project Leader/ R&D Chemist to work at their site in the North West of England.
You will have gained your PhD in polymer chemistry/ organic chemistry/ organometallic chemistry and will ideally have industrial experience of developing a range of polymers as well as project management experience.
For more details, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk

Supply Chain Manager, Chemicals, North West, UK

  • Reference: SH21249

Our client, a global manufacturer, supplier, and developer of chemical products which have applications in innovative treatment systems and value-added technologies, is currently looking to appoint a Supply Chain Manager to join their team based in the North West of England.
Managing the purchasing activities of the company, you will be able to prove your knowledge in a Supply Chain/ Purchasing environment and will have excellent negotiation skills as well as a good knowledge of SAP.
 

For more details, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email vwalker@ckscience.co.uk
 
 

Analytical Chemist – London

Our client, an industry leading Specialty Chemical organisation, are currently looking for an Analytical Chemist for a 12 month Fixed Term Contract to join their state of the art laboratories.
Working alongside a team of inorganic chemists you will be involved in analysis of precious metals and advanced materials. You will use analytical techniques including ICP/OES, AAS, GFASS, XRF, Fire Assay and more.
To be considered for this role, you will have a BSc in Chemistry/Analytical Chemistry or a related discipline (or equivalent). Previous experience in the area of In-organic analytical research or a chemical manufacturing  environment is essential. Previous experience with techniques such as ICP/OES, AAS, GFASS, XRF and Fire Assay would be advantageous.
For more details, please contact Reena Dhana at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email rdhana@ckscience.co.uk.

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Looking for a Job in the Chemical Industry?

Are you looking for a new position in the Chemical Industry? Join CK’s specialist Chemical Industry Network on Linkedin!

CK Science are specialists in Chemical Industry recruitment. We have recently set up a dedicated Linkedin group to help jobseekers in the Chemical Industry.

CK will be utilising this group in order to provide our members with the most up-to-date job opportunities, careers advice and industry news. We’ve also found that it’s a great place to network with others in the area!

We are confident that this specialist group  will be a really useful resource for you and your colleagues within the Chemical Industry.

Click here to join CK’s specialist Chemical Industry Network on Linkedin!

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Government Call for Action to Save Chemical Jobs

iStock_000006963239Medium[1]As reported by the BBC, the Government is calling for action to save jobs at a chemical firm based in the South of Scotland.

The Merseyside-based Phoenix Chemicals, recently went into administration which has had the knock-on effect of putting jobs at risk their site in Newbie near Annan.

Politicians Elaine Murray and David Mundell have called for urgent action to rectify the situation. Murray stated, “Eighty jobs were lost when Shasun Pharma pulled out of Annan in 2008, and everyone was delighted that Phoenix Chemicals purchased the site the following year. We all hoped it would be a new beginning for the Annan site.”

Murray has subsequently asked for all agencies to work together to help find new posts for all those effected by the administration of the chemicals company.

Are you looking for a new position in the Chemical Industry? Click here to search our current chemicals jobs online now.

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CK Group Recruitment Consultants Pass the REC in Diploma in Recruitment Practice!

REC Pic Meera & AndyCongratulations to our two Recruitment Consultants, Meera Pattni and Andrew Bolton for passing their REC in Diploma in Recruitment Practice with flying colours!

Meera and Andrew covered four modules as part of the diploma programme including:

  • The Recruitment Process
  • Recruitment Law & Ethics
  • The Recruitment Project
  • Practical Interviewing Skills

The Diploma in Recruitment Practice is one of the recruitment industry’s leading qualifications and aims to give recruiters detailed knowledge and confidence to provide clients and candidates with a high quality consultancy service.

Meera Pattni, a Recruitment Consultant at CK Regulatory, specialises in Regulatory Affairs Recruitment. You can contact Meera at mpattni@ckregulatory.com.

Andrew Bolton, a Recruitment Consultant at CK Science, specialises in recruitment for the chemical and food industries. You can contact Andrew at abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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