Coating Development Chemist

Response Personnel Ltd
£25000 - £30000/annum
13 Jun 2017
13 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
GKN Aerospace Services - Luton

Coating Development Chemist


Our Client is a globally renowned engineering company, with worldwide operations in more than 30 countries, and sites specializing in: automotive, aerospace, land systems and powder metallurgy. GKN Luton sits within the Aerospace Group and is a world leader in the production of transparencies and ice protection systems for both civil and military markets.

Our customer's trust GKN to deliver the critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full coaching, guidance and mentoring.

The Role:

Reporting to the Chemistry Projects Lead, the Development Chemist will work within a small but growing development team on the development of aerospace coatings for niche applications. The primary role of the Development Chemist will be the formulation, application, testing and improvement of development coatings for various aerospace applications. The role will include working on multiple projects, following project plans and reporting on progress to the wider team. Additional activities such as developing new test procedures and writing coating specifications will also be undertaken.

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Hands on development of durable, functional coatings for plastics and composites, taking a product from concept to various stages of technology readiness.
* Interpretation of practical test results to inform next stage of work, through the use of experimental design and tests on analytical equipment.
* Presentation of technical progress to Chemistry Projects Lead and wider team via presentations, progress reviews and technical reports.
* Occasional travel to other sites/ stakeholders, suppliers and customers if required.
* Contribute to improvement activities in support of the department continuous improvement objectives for the year.
* Health & Safety support - Risk & CoSHH assessments.
* Provide assistance to technical project planning activities, such as support to risk register population, where required.
* Comply with the Company's Health and Safety legislation and policies.



* A Chemistry degree or degree in a scientific subject with an understanding of organic or polymer chemistry is preferred but candidates with proven coating formulation and development experience will also be considered.
* Demonstrable knowledge and experience in formulation and testing of coatings gained within the aerospace, automotive or industrial coatings sectors.
* Experience in creating appropriate health and safety documentation for hazardous material handling such as CoSHH and risk assessments.
* Experience in coating application processes or a willingness to learn
* Familiarity with Microsoft Office Products - Excel & Word specifically.


* 3+ years' experience working in a research and development role, ideally focusing on solvent based polymer coatings.GKN is committed to the full and effective utilisation of qualified persons, regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, or veteran status, sexual orientation, class, or caste. Diversity brings a broader richer environment to our organization, which consequently produces creative thinking towards solutions and also drives innovation.

Our commitment to a diverse workforce requires that GKN inform employees of our policy and our level of expectation to submit the best person for the job regarding qualifications and abilities when referring applicants to our company.

GKN are compliance with the Company's Environmental, Health and Safety Awareness procedures and ensures that all relevant legislation is complied with by effective implementation and management to all employees