Development Engineer Job in Wrexham, UK

Victoria Walker at CK Science is recruiting for a Development Engineer to join a polymers & plastics manufacturer based in county Wrexham, on a full time, permanent basis.


Development Engineer Job Description

As a Development Engineer, the main purpose of your role will be to maintain continued growth by being innovative and forward thinking, preferably within the new product development arena.

Further responsibilities of this Development Engineer will include:

  • Reporting to the Technical Team Leader
  • Responsible for developing new product designs and implementing their scale up through to commercial production.
  • As a good communicator and team player you will have a key role in helping direct cross functional project groups establish specifications with both prospective customers and suppliers.
  • You will take the products from conception in the lab through to commercialisation on the manufacturing plant.
  • Encompassing a mixture of development and process engineering work

This role will be on a day basis however flexibility is a must as trials may run into the night or over weekends.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

As a Development Engineer, you will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:.

  • A specialism in chemical/process engineering or development chemistry
  • A high calibre graduate with a 2.1 or above degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Polymer/ Material Science or Chemical Engineering.
  • An analytical, problem solving approach with the ability to generate and implement ideas.
  • Computer literate, ideally you will have a working knowledge of the following: coating techniques, drying, fluid processing and web handling, preferably gained in a similar process industry.



As Development Engineer you will be working with a plastics & polymers manufacturer based in county Wrexham.

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Pension and life assurance cover
  • Private medical assurance
  • Flexitime


How to Apply:


Victoria Walker at CK Science is recruiting for a Development Engineer in Wrexham, UK

Please contact Victoria for more details.

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For more information or to apply for this Development Engineer position please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 283 9956 or email Please quote reference SH24719 in all correspondence.



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Nolato buys British pharmaceutical packaging company Cope Allman Jaycare

Plastics Today reported that Swedish injection molder Nolato has acquired Cope Allman Jaycare, a pharmaceutical packaging company based in the UK

Nolato have bought Cope Allman Jaycare for an initial SEK 179 million (USD $26 million) and a deferred consideration based on earnings up to and including the first quarter of 2014.

Cope Allman Jaycare has a history within pharmaceutical packaging dating back to 1958. The company has 270 employees at its plants in Portsmouth and Newcastle. They have annual sales of around SEK 270 million (USD $39 million), and its customers comprise of a number of international pharmaceutical companies.

Christer Wahlquist, president of Nolato Medical, in a press release said “Nolato already has a strong position in the Scandinavian pharmaceutical packaging market…….This acquisition gives us a local presence in the UK, which is an important part of the global pharmaceutical industry. It also opens doors with a large number of leading international pharmaceutical companies, which are existing customers of Cope Allman Jaycare.”

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Technical Administrator Job – Report Writing (Chemicals) – North West

Victoria Walker is currently looking to recruit a Technical Administrator to join a manufacturer of colours and additives for the polymers and plastics industry, to join their technical department in the North West.


The main roles and responsibilities of this Technical Administrator role will be to assist the technical department with the efficient procurement of raw materials and successful product formulation and analysis in order to maintain and grow sales whilst supporting the transition to Operational processes. Specifically the department is responsible for:

  • Maintaining and improving the output of the Formulations function
  • Minimising the impact of New Product Introduction on Operations processes
  • Providing a quality analytical service to support sales functions
  • Reformulating projects which are supportive of Operational processes
  • Procurement of raw materials
  • All quality functions
  • Testing raw materials
  • Investigation of customer complaints.

Purpose of role:

The main purpose of this Technical Administrator role is managing and interpreting Non Conformance Report (NCR) data in order to produce concise and professional reports which will be communicated directly to customers and relevant parties involved:

  • Producing and distributing timely, concise and accurate NCR reports to all relevant parties;
  • Management of NCR data in Oracle and Excel databases
  • Raw material regulatory data management
  • Collating NCR data from relevant sources and interpreting and summarising this data for technical reports
  • Presenting NCR findings in a concise and professional manner
  • Producing monthly report summaries of NCR activities, highlighting key issues and trends
  • Liaising with Procurement Team and directly with suppliers to ensure raw material regulatory information is accurate and validated
  • Managing raw material regulatory system to ensure compliance with Global policy
  • Support Technical and Operations Teams with any project work as required
  • Work together with Operations supporting them regarding MSDS documents and risk assessments.

Qualification & Skills:

In order to be considered for this Technical Administrator position you will be degree qualified or equivalent in an appropriate, literary subject. The following skills are needed for this role:

  • You will have exquisite report writing skills and will be able to use word processing and spread sheet programmes with ease, as well as being able to interpret data so that it is commercially presentable.
  • This role will be approximately 80% desk based and strong IT skills are required.
  • Experience of technical report writing is essential for this position, as is experience in data interpretation and analysis.
  • Knowledge and understanding of global regulatory chemical information would be a strong advantage.
  • You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate with at all levels of the organisation.
  • Knowledge of plastics legislation and the plastics industry would be advantageous.
  • Any knowledge of Six Sigma methodology would be beneficial.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this role Technical Administrator role please contact Victoria Walker on 0114 2839956 or email Please quote reference SH22994 in all correspondence.

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Internal Technical Services Representative Role – North West

Naynesh Mistry at CK Science is looking to recruit an Internal Technical Service Representative, to join a Speciality Plastics Company at their site in the North West.


The principle responsibilities of this Internal Technical Service Representative role will be:

  • Provide technical consultation support to internal customers and help with troubleshooting
  • Technical service contact for internal sales and distributors
  • Focal contact for complaints
  • Support field technical service and application development with trial preparations at customers
  • Backup of field technical service and application development during their holidays
  • Occasional travel to customers, main communication via phone and e-mail
  • Advice with testing needs for problem solving
  • Ability to work with people with different personalities and from different backgrounds


The successful candidate for this Technical Service Representative role will ideally have:

  • BSc or MSc in polymer science, engineering or technology
  • Industry experience in plastics processing would be an advantage.
  • A deep understanding of co polyesters, cellulosics and processes relevant to speciality plastics would also be an advantage as would a solid understanding of conversion processes relevant to speciality plastics products such as extrusion, injection moulding.

How to apply:

For more information or to apply for this Internal Technical Service Representative role please contact Naynesh Mistry on 0114 2839956 or  Please quote reference SH22552 in all correspondence.

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Sheffield Waste Recycling Plant to Create Jobs

The Yorkshire Post has reported that 20 jobs will be created at a waste plastic recycling plant in Sheffield.

Kevin Parkin has successfully transformed the fortunes of several companies, and has decided to launch his own businesses. One of said businesses is R3 Products, which will treat mixed and unsorted plastics before selling it on as building products.

Mr Parkin has estimated that they “will employ 20 people within the first year of operation” before adding that the UK industry needs “to be in a position where we can compete with Chinese manufacturers.”

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Contract Quality Engineer Job (Medical Devices) – South Wales

Our client is a world leader in the production of medical visualisation and energy systems for the medical devices industry based in South Wales. The company are currently looking to recruit a contract Quality Engineer to support implementation of Quality Engineering Activities in product design, manufacture and vendor quality assurance in accordance with Company procedures and regulatory requirements.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

As a Quality Engineer, you will have the following duties and responsibilities: 

  • Support operations or as a new design project member, providing directed quality engineering and regulatory expertise in support of design projects. Ensuring solutions are compliant, in the most efficient manner with ISO 13485, FDA 21, CFR Part 820, MDD 93-42-EEC, and their associated applicable consensus standards (IEC60601 series, ISO 11607, ISO 10993).
  • Take a role in ensuring approximate risk management tools such as risk analysis, pFMEA and dFMEA are performed adequately.
  • Review and approval of quality related documentation via ORACLE PLM or other systems including software, mechanical and electronic technology aspects.
  • Assist in the development of appropriate verification and validation strategies including test method validationfor products, processes and components.
  • Generation of process validation plans, review and approval of validation documentation.
  • Where required liaison with vendors including auditing and co-ordination of component qualification activities.
  • Where required support of CSV activity.
  • Provide ad hoc Quality Engineering support in other areas such as; other projects, operations problem analysis, process analysis and process and vendor improvements.
  • All other essential duties as directed.
  • To adhere to the “Rules and Regulations’ of the company as laid out in the Staff Handbook.



The successful candidate for this Quality Engineer position will have the following educational qualifications:

  • HND or equivalent calibre in engineering, science or technology discipline.
  • Proven experience in a quality related field.
  • Preferably experience of a Medical Device environment or similar regulated industry.
  • Exposure to quick evolving environments with cross functional team working.


Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to interpret technical drawings and specifications.
  • Basic understanding design and manufacturing processes.
  • Strong metrology skills and understanding of inspection techniques and schemes.
  • Awareness of FMEA or other risk analysis techniques.
  • Experience of use of ORACLE PLM, MS Ecxel,MS Word and Minitab or equivalent.
  • Ability to review technical documentation and drawings in a consistent, constructive and timely manner.
  • Appreciation of vendor quality system auditing skills and vendor development ability.
  • Application of a wide range of inferential statistical techniques.
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills.
  • Appreciation of requirements of working in a regulatory controlled environment.


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For more information or to apply for this Quality Engineer job please contact Russell Oakley at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email Please quote reference SH20964 in all correspondence.

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Development Team Leader Job (Polymers & Plastics) – North West, UK

Our client, a manufacturer of colours and additives for the polymers and plastics industry, is currently looking to recruit a Development Team Leader to work at their site based in the North West of England.


The primary responsibility of the department in which the Development Team Leader will work is to deliver technology programs in support of new technology development.  In addition, the department is responsible for providing technical support to the existing technology base to ensure full exploitation in all company business units. The development of products and technologies in this department will be implemented on a global scale.

As Development Team Leader your roles and responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Designing and delivering new products and technology development projects and ensuring that they are rolled-out in a timely manner;
  • Ensuring that any product modifications necessary for success are implemented; performing regular project reviews, updating marketing plans and formal technical reports;
  • Developing and maintaining an expert understanding of the company’s global technologies, particularly oxygen scavenging materials, mechanisms and processes.


Person Specification:

The successful candidate for this Development Team Leader job  will be an effective communicator as you will be regularly liaising with the global development marketing managers, global development manager, regional sales personnel, regional product engineering teams and will also be maintaining effective communication between the operations and commercial departments, and with external organisations and customers.

Decisive and influential, the Development Team Leader will have direct people management responsibility over the extrusion project leader and the extrusion scientist. This is a hands-on position which will involve people and project management.

The selected Development Team Leader will possess the following requirements: educated to MSc (and preferably PhD) level, or equivalent, in a related field (chemistry, polymer science, material science); considerable experience in an R&D environment including proven project management skills; sound communication skills; a flair for technical problem solving; the ability to present findings effectively by means of a report or presentation and to train, develop and manage the performance of team members. Any knowledge of organometallic chemistry, formulation science or colour chemistry would be advantageous, as would European language skills.


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For more information or to apply for this Development Team Leader position, please contact Victoria Walker at CK Science on 0114 283 9956 or email  Please quote reference SH20665 in all correspondence.

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Manchester Chemicals Company Secures £7m Funding

Akcros, Chemicals Company, Chemistry Jobs, Manchester, North West, UKThe Manchester-based chemicals company, Akcros Chemicals has received more than £7m of funding.

The chemicals company, which provides additives used in the manufacture of plastic products, was forced to refinance as a result of the collapse of the Icelandic bank, Landsbanki.

Akcros was then approached by a number of banks before agreeing a flexible working capital facility with RBS’s asset-based lending (ABL) division, RBS Invoice Finance. The bank’s asset finance arm, Lombard, also provided new lending of approximately £700,000 to fund investment in new machinery at Akcros’s Eccles base.

Speaking of the funding injection, Richard Catchpole, Chief Executive Officer of Akcros Chemicals said “We are delighted to have agreed a new ABL facility with RBS, which provides us with the security and flexibility we require to achieve our growth objectives.

“Having to refinance during the depths of a recession was not ideal, but the strong relationship that we built with the team over the course of several months and the RBS ability to deliver a full one-stop-shop solution was key to us choosing them.

“During the downturn, we took action to align our business to the changing landscape and have managed to keep growing over the past year or so by developing new product lines and winning new customers in overseas markets.

“The results we’ve produced over the last year or so have justified our confidence in this strategy and the funding from RBS gives us security and flexibility as we continue to grow.”

Akcros Chemicals has an annual turnover of £60m and its products are exported to more than 50 countries worldwide. The chemical company employs 140 staff at its Manchester site, with the remainder working at its US subsidiary in New Jersey.

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