Materials Manager / Laboratory Manager
Up to £40,000 depending on experience.
Our client is a specialist design and manufacturing business who produce a range of rocket motors and propulsion units. Its operations are spread across several sites in the UK and overseas and it has a multimillion pound annual turnover. They currently have a vacancy to drive forward the development of improved materials and their associated manufacturing processes.
This person will be responsible for the research, development and manufacture of materials used in the manufacture of rocket motors. The materials themselves include metals, plastics, polymers, composites and ceramics. This is very much a management role and requires experience in the management of a team of chemists or a laboratory within a manufacturing environment.
Responsibilities include the following:
Characterising the properties of ingredients and finished materials.
Formulating polymeric insulation / inhibition materials to meet design requirements.
Formulating double base and composite propellants to meet design requirements.
Developing associated material and component manufacturing processes.
Qualifying materials for use in accordance with recognised standards.
Identifying and implementing material improvements, e.g. cost savings.
Investigating and resolving material and associated process problems.
Routine clearance of all materials for production.
Monitoring for obsolete materials and qualifying replacements.
Managing the materials team, e.g. staff development.
Implementing standard material control processes.
Driving the development of improved materials and associated manufacturing processes.
Relevant knowledge and experience includes the following:
Polymer chemistry including solutions, polymerisation, phase behaviour, thermal and mechanical behaviour, fracture and toughening, effect of additives and degradation.
Moulding, extrusion and casting of polymeric based components.
Adhesive bonding of metallic and polymeric components.
Surface treatments and coatings.
Standard laboratory tests for physical and chemical properties, e.g. viscosity, and possibly non-standard tests for erosion, mechanical, ballistic and bond properties.
Production process control and improvement techniques, e.g. SPC.
Safety management, e.g. COSHH, MHDS.
Candidates should have a degree or equivalent qualification in chemistry or a chemistry related subject such as chemical engineering or polymer science. Candidates should also have at least five years industrial experience.
Job Type : Permanent
Location : Birmingham, Stoke-On-Trent, Shrewsbury, Gloucester, Stratford, Worcester, Hereford
Salary : up to £40,000
Date Advertised : 28 Feb 2013
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