Chemical Manufacturing Engineer

Church Stretton
31 Jul 2017
18 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Title: Manufacturing Engineer
Job Level: Expert
Job Discipline: Supply Chain
Number of openings: 1
Shift: Day
Schedule; Full Time, 37.5 hours
Travel Required: Occasional

Job Description

Our Agilent site, located in Church Stretton, Shropshire, UK manufacture a diverse range of separation and diagnostics products for the Chemical Analysis, Pharmaceutical and Life Science industries. An opportunity has arisen to join our small but highly specialized production team manufacturing particle based materials for these markets.

The candidate will be a Polymer / Organic / Material chemist with expertise in the synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials in particulate form. They will have a demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative fashion as a technical expert to solve complex chemical design issues and to optimize manufacturing processes including process improvement and new product introduction.

The candidate will be a highly motivated individual with a successful track record for both individual contribution and team project management.

A working knowledge of LEAN and/or Six sigma approaches to root cause analysis is highly desirable.

Responsibilities include

1) Hands on approach to supporting the chemistries production group in the manufacture, testing and improvement of particle based products
2) To lead process improvement projects involving cross functional teams. Setting goals, assessing performance and providing progress reports to teams and senior management.
3) Application of Continuous Improvement initiatives within the IS9001 quality system.
4) Representing Church Stretton supply chain on new product introduction projects to ensure smooth handover and product scale up from product development to manufacturing.

Required Skills

Experienced in leading cross discipline project teams to solve complex manufacturing issues.
Excellent communication skills with the confidence to present data to senior management, customers and peers through a variety of media.
Ability to work under pressure delivering to deadlines.
Flexible approach to work in order to satisfy customer requirements.
Analytical and methodical approach to problem solving and root cause identification.
Preferably trained to 6 sigma Green Belt level and / or knowledge of 5S approaches
Implementation and maintenance of corrective actions / process improvements.
Confidence to act as a trainer to peers.
Willingness to undertake occasional international travel
Knowledge of ISO9001 and ISO14001 quality systems.
Preferably experienced in the use and maintenance of MRP systems.
Strong computer skills required for data analysis, report writing/presenting and document maintenance. Knowledge of access data bases or basic programming would be advantageous.


Minimum degree level qualification in a science or engineering discipline
Domain knowledge in polymer / organic chemistry / materials science
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
ISO 9001 quality system understanding
Min of 8 years experience of working in a fast paced manufacturing environment

Agilent is an equal opportunity employer.

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