Materials Engineer

Job Purpose:

To support the development and introduction of innovative, proprietary, market-leading polymeric/composite materials for a variety of industrial applications.

Provide ongoing chemical and material technical support for the organization.

Actively enhance the organization knowledge base in polymeric materials, processing and application.

Key Responsibilities

• Drive a “Safety First” approach in all aspects of the role, including laboratory practice & environment, materials and chemicals, waste management, equipment, test methods, and product design;
• Support the Materials Development Manager and cross functional teams as required;
• Collect and evaluate new product and technology ideas through the application of key fundamental scientific investigations and principles;
• Appraise new technology ideas to determine their potential to address application needs and to achieve goals in revenue growth and market share;
• Confer and interact directly with customers and suppliers, when appropriate, to ensure product and technology design meets requirements;
• Support material and product testing and research efforts including compound design, resulting in technologies that are manufactural and consistently meet and/or exceed customer expectations;
• Customer and Supplier visits as required.

Principal Accountabilities

• Ensure technology performance and qualification test parameters are followed appropriately;
• Determine testing needs; develop new or improved testing designs, methods and/or techniques;
• Utilise and adhere to company Quality System and Stage Gate design/development process for project management;
• Utilise Design of Experiments (DOE) and DMAIC methods;
• Deliver and communicate agreed upon results for major projects;
• Maintain technical documentation while following corporate policies;
• Ensure best practice, policies and procedures with the UK Technical Centre;
• Organize workflow and task schedules to maximize Technical Centre efficiency;
• Participate in the laboratory quality system activities such as internal audits, writing standard operating procedures, and documentation review;
• Record data from analyses or experiments in a computer, log book, or laboratory notebook;

Environmental, Health & Safety Accountabilities. (The level of safety accountability needed to successfully accomplish the essential duties of this job.)

• Learn and follow EHS policies, rules and work instructions.
• Attend required EHS training.
• Take personal responsibility for keeping yourself and your co-workers free from injury.
• Keep equipment in proper working condition.

Qualifications, Skills and Knowledge

Qualifications

• Educated to Degree level or equivalent

Skills & Knowledge
• Strong track record of safety, creativity, innovation and prototyping methods to evaluate new concepts and materials;
• Fundamental understanding of chemistry aspects of materials’ properties;
• Understanding of design and manufacturing of polymeric materials;
• Apply appropriate engineering and mathematical techniques and concepts including statistical data analysis, test reliability, variance and correlation techniques;
• Understanding of engineering drawings and specification interpretation;
• Demonstrated communication skills, both verbally and written, with a wide variety of company personnel and others outside of the company;
• Excellent team working skills as well as initiative to work alone;
• Good numeracy and time management skills;
• Good facilitation skills;
• Pragmatic approach to project workload and experience of managing multiple projects simultaneously;
• Ability to use, apply and resource PC’s for business requirements;
• Willingness to continually learn and constructively challenge the status quo

This position description may be changed at any time, at the discretion of management.

Job Summary

Job Title Materials Engineer
Location Lincolnshire
Job Type Permanent
Salary £40k
Last Updated 22/01/2019
Reference SF43643
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