Innovation Engineer - Surface Technology

Ideal Standard Ltd
Excellent Salary,Pension, Product Discount, 25 days annual leave + BHs
30 Nov 2017
08 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Ideal Opportunity: Innovation Engineer (Surface Technology)

Duration: Permanent, Full Time

Location: Armitage

Excellent Salary, Pension, Product Discount, 25 days annual leave + BHs


Our name is no accident – We are Ideal Standard.

Ideal Standard International is one of the world's leading providers of high-quality bathroom solutions. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and wherever we are, our aim is always the same: to enable people to create beautiful bathrooms in residential, commercial and industrial spaces.

This year we are celebrating 200 years of manufacturing in the UK.

We operate in over 30 countries and have some 10,000 employees. Our product ranges include high quality ceramic sanitary ware, taps and showering systems, bathing and wellness solutions as well as furniture and accessories. In addition, we work with world class designers to develop innovative products using the latest technologies. Our products are sold under our strong international brands: Ideal Standard and Jado as well as leading local brands including Armitage Shanks (UK), Ceramica Dolomite (Italy), Porcher (France) and Vidima (Eastern Europe).

Just recently, AquaBlade™ by Ideal Standard International won the prestigious award for Best Bathroom Product at this year’s Housebuilder Awards, which recognises the best in building and development products.

We are now recruiting an Innovation Engineer (Surface Technology) to join our new Innovation Team based in Armitage. This is a truly exciting opportunity where the Innovation team ensures the competitiveness advantage of our group portfolio and is accountable for the realization of the defined development projects. This Department is responsible for the Innovation pipeline within the defined target areas and customers. In addition, the team will contribute to improve the knowhow in the focus areas with their own research and collaboration with external partners.

The Innovation Engineer is a full developed specialist on defined area, in this instance: material technology and processing. This role will see the successful candidate with our partners to at look at ways where we can improve the quality of our products and with the capability to organise structured research activity as well as being able to solve problems with creative thinking to develop own ideas / proposals.

Key responsibilities as Innovation Engineer will include:

·Working with suppliers and universities to improve the functionality and quality of our products in the bathroom.

·Manage own R&D projects and contribute to other projects in the Innovation Pipeline

·Project Management / Project Coordination of the own projects with all parties like: PM, Marketing, Engineering, Manufacturing or suppliers, securing: quality, time and cost.

·Cooperation with the Legal department for the IP research / protection and competitor analysis

·Conduct analysis, interpret results together with the project teams and provide insight into project obstacles and opportunities for future implementations

·Define the need for quality assessments for new products and technologies

·Organization of field tests and comparisons with competition

·Using PAP as an comparison tool for our competitiveness

·Actively contribute to the innovation ideation process

Ideally we are looking for candidates who possess the following experience:

·Degree qualified in Chemical Engineering/Materials or similar

·Knowledge of Material Processing

·Knowledge of inorganic, metals and polymers would be beneficial

·Demonstrable successful work experience in an engineering environment

·Project Management capabilities (planning, following, booking results, reporting, and manage change of priorities and plans)

·Ability to understand the market needs and implement solutions to the defined problems

·Knowledge of Trends & Regulations

·Interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at various departments within the organization

·Demonstrate Leadership capabilities and stand for own opinion in front of not convinced parties

·Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, especially with regard to conducting analyses, interpreting results, drawing out correct conclusions and determining next steps based on the findings, making recommendations and tracking results

·Hands on and work to work out functional prototypes out of concepts

·Ability to effectively communicate results, problems

·Self-starter, able to work independently with limited supervision

·Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written

If you’re looking for a new role where you’ll be pivotal in taking innovation to the next level, this is opportunity is for you!

In return we offer an excellent remuneration package and great career development opportunities.

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