Functional Engineering Leader/ Material Scientist - NPI/Innovations, Performance Materials

Location Swindon
Discipline: Polymers
Job type: Engineer
Salary: £Highly Competitive, Car Allowance & Excellent Benefits
Contact name: Laura Merritt

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Job ref: 173
Published: 12 days ago

​Location: Swindon - Hybrid role

Are you an Innovator and leader who can inspire colleagues to develop new materials for a range of applications? We have an exciting role to lead a small team and manage varied projects for an global manufacturing organisation. A Material Science background is essential with a proven track record in delivering new products.

Reporting to the Engineering Director in the UK, you will be part of the of the functional engineering management team. This position manages all aspects of Global Engineering responsibilities relating to NPI, Material Development and Innovation. Taking ownership for new product development from inception to launch, material development and Innovation.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Sets an Engineering Functional Leader direction and rallies the organization and team around the vision and direction.

  • Cascades the vision and strategy throughout the organization and ties it to clear NPI/innovation deliverables.

  • Develop material science solution and products to cost.

  • Present and maintain robust cost status through the development cycle. Enhancing margin.

  • Delivers multiple NPI projects through inception to launch.

  • Defines a clear innovation pipeline aligned to Sales and PM strategy.

  • Conceives original ideas for new materials products through effective voice of customer, knowledge of the market and through technical understand of our competitors.

  • Solid understanding of competitor products and IP positions.

  • Material and design simulation to optimize design for cost, quality, and manufacturability.

  • Responsible for product development and qualification from market definition through production and release.

  • Creates Customer Innovation/Influencer Relationships; Coordinates Technical Activities and Communications. Defines, coordinates, and drives technical activities from a technical perspective. Driving IP opportunities.

  • Provides all required engineering documentation including, but not limited to, formulations, compounding parameters, Solid Model, 2D production drawings, product specifications and testing requirements.

  • Submits all IP information to legal according to policy and prior to public disclosure.

Candidate Profile

Key Competencies:

  • Creative and innovative thinker able to provide deliverable input to the development of technical solutions solidly.

  • Strong interpersonal, planning, organization, and teamwork skills.

  • Proactive approach to management for risk and uncertainty.

  • Experienced Functional Engineering leader with an ability to influence cross functional teams and to build strong relationships both internally and externally.

  • Demonstrates mastery of product development by integrating deep knowledge of theory and practical experience

  • Advanced material design simulations experience preferred.


  • Strong material science / engineering leadership experience and experience developing a global team in an innovation implementation environment, leading NPI with experience of implementing multiple projects concurrently into high pace operations environment.

  • Must be a strong leader, motivator and mentor.

  • Strong customer facing skills – building technical relationships

  • Considerable experience working with the product technology, processes, or market.

  • Experience in building and mentoring effective teams

  • Mentors and coaches’ others in BU.

  • Degree in material science, a PhD is preferable.

  • Must have the right to work in the UK.

​In additional to a highly attractive salary and benefits package (6% bonus, hybrid working, pension, car allowance), you will be offered full training and professional development with opportunities within the global organisation. Relocation assistance is available