Development Metallurgist

Less Common Metals

Ellesmere Port


£30000 - £35000/annum + attractive benefits


Posted: 28/03/2021

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Development Metallurgist
Do you have experience as either a Metallurgist, Material Scientist or Process Development Engineer, working within a manufacturing or pilot plant environment? If so, this career opportunity is one not to be missed…
The Company
Less Common Metals (LCM) is a world leader in the manufacture and supply of complex alloy systems and metals, specialising in those based on rare earth elements. With many years experience in the production of materials to tight compositional tolerances and controlled microstructures, we take a highly flexible and innovative approach to a wide range of material requirements.
You’ll be part of a longstanding workforce based at our site in Ellesmere Port, working within a business culture that promotes a healthy work life balance, gives you the freedom to take ownership of your workload whilst working autonomously, and provides plenty of support to enhance your knowledge and skills through self-development.
The Role – Development Metallurgist
As the Development Metallurgist you will play a key role in our Technical Department, delivering research and development projects and supporting existing manufacturing processes.
You will provide subject matter expertise to the Technical Team responsible for pilot plants, raw materials evaluation, change management, process and product development, whilst also overseeing the continuous improvement of the manufacturing process, raw materials and products.
Your duties will include, although not be limited to:
* Designing and participating in plant trials, new alloy development and process change to meet customer specification, leading the product development cycle from conception through to full scale production and commercialisation
* Evaluating new and existing raw materials and their impact on plant and product quality
* Planning and executing continuous improvement projects to improve product quality, plant efficiency, process capability and cost optimisation
* Scoping and writing research proposals for national and international funded grants by collaborating with universities, research organisations and industrial partners
* Maintaining awareness of relevant standards, regulatory compliance, advancement in process technology, product quality and raw material development
The role will contribute to the delivery of our international and national project portfolio, so infrequent travel overseas may be required when permitted.
Our Requirements - Development Metallurgist
* Proven experience as either a Metallurgist, Material Scientist or Process Development Engineer gained within a manufacturing or pilot plant environment
* Degree level qualification in a relevant subject such as Metallurgy, Material Science, Chemistry or Physics
* Experience with a broad spectrum of alloy synthesis, sample preparation and characterisation techniques such as X-ray diffraction, optical and electron microscopy
* Experience in six sigma methodology (Green Belt or higher) and evaluation of process data with tools like advanced Excel, Minitab, MATLAB
* Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
* Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines
The Package
As a Development Metallurgist, you’ll benefit from:
* A salary in the region of £30,000 to £35,000, with the level dependent on experience
* 23 days annual leave plus bank holidays (rising to 25 days after 3 years)
* Employer contributory pension scheme
* Excellent career progression opportunities
* Permanent contract, working full time hours, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm
All applications for this Development Metallurgist vacancy are to be submitted online, and strictly no agency calls or agency CV submissions