Senior Chemist - Industrial Paints & Powder Coatings

Location United Kingdom
Discipline: Coatings
Job type: Chemist
Salary: £28 - 35k
Contact name: Laura Merritt

Contact email: laura@merrittrecruitment.com
Job ref: 159
Published: about 1 month ago

​Based: West Midlands

Our client is a leading manufacturer of a range of paints and coatings for an international customer base. Due to succession planning, an opportunity exists in R & D with a newly created role responsible for developing and improving existing products for a range of paints and coatings including industrial, heavy duty, performance, protective and powder. This will suit an experienced paint and coatings Chemist with good colour chemistry and mixing scheme knowledge as well as general paint formulation experience. You will enjoy hands-on development work and looking for progression within the industry with a view to a management role in the future.

​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 improvement of existing products.

​Responsibilities:-

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

  • Responsible for scaling up of formulations for pilot trials and production batches.

  • Liaison with production, quality and commercial departments.

  • Provide technical advice and support to customers,

  • Ensuring quality of product through testing and analysis of raw materials and finished products.

  • 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.

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

​Candidate Profile

  • Experience in the development and formulation of industrial coatings, heavy duty / performance coatings is essential

  • Good colour chemistry and mixing scheme knowledge would be of benefit.

  • Ideally to have worked with alkyds, epoxy, epoxy acrylate and some non-convertible coatings.

  • Knowledge and experience of powder coatings would be advantageous. Powder is typical hybrid systems and primid types.

  • To be competent in the safe operation of equipment, including; general lab equipment & ovens, calibration of laboratory equipment, 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.

  • Experienced in paint application methods.

  • Understand and interpret coating specifications. Knowledge of specification 81 would be advantageous.

  • Confident communicator with 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 within the immediate company and the wider organisation.