Chemist - Paints

Location Manchester
Discipline: Coatings
Job type: Chemist
Salary: £Highly Competitive & Excellent Benefits
Contact name: Laura Merritt

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Job ref: 190
Published: 24 days ago

​​Location: Manchester

Our client is a major manufacturer of an extensive range of paints, finishes, coatings, inks, adhesives and allied products for an international customer base. Due to their continued success, the R & D team is expanding and a newly created role developing and improving existing products for the paints, coatings and finishes range has arisen. They are looking for junior Chemists and highly experienced Chemists, who are keen to be involved with the development, production and testing of paints.

Laboratory based, the role will be varied and encompass a range of responsibilities including the research and development of new paints, coatings and finishes and the continued improvement of existing products. On occasion there will be customer visits to provide technical support and introduce new product ranges within the UK. Mentoring and training of junior staff and ensuring the transfer of new products into production are aspects of this wide-ranging role.


  • Design, formulation and testing of paints, coatings and finishes for a range of applications.

  • Involvement with long term project and liaison with production, quality and commercial departments.

  • Provide technical advice and support to new and existing customers, ensuring quality of product is maintained. This may include travel to customer sites in the UK.

  • Responsible for scaling up of formulations for initial trials and ultimately commercial batches.

  • To contribute to the development of the product range so that commercial opportunities can be best exploited.

  • Provide QC documentation and procedures for raw materials and finished products.

  • Maintain the laboratory and supplies to comply with legislation and HSE.

  • To manage the Safety Data Sheet system where necessary

  • Liaison with suppliers and sourcing of new materials to meet changes in legislation.

  • Keep up to date with current legislation and support the production of relevant regulatory documentation.

Candidate Profile

  • All levels of experience in the development and formulation of paints and coatings ( Alkyd, Epoxy, Polyurethane systems) will be considered.

  • To be competent in the safe operation of equipment, including; general lab equipment & ovens, calibration of laboratory equipment, operation of accelerated weathering cabinets, operation of pilot line (with the appropriate training).

  • Can produce panels for accelerated tests and is aware of the chemistry of degradation and corrosion.

  • Familiar with the operation of paint application equipment

  • Degree not essential but a minimum of HNC Chemistry or equivalent

  • Able to work independently and manage own projects, keeping time and budget restraints.

  • Confident communicator, proven skills in technical presentation would be advantageous ideally with experience in paint application methods.

  • Supervisory experience would be of benefit.

  • Understand and interpret coating specifications.

  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English.

  • Must have the right to work in the UK.

The Company are offering an attractive salary package and excellent career opportunities and numerous benefits including gym and subsidised canteen.