Process & Environmental Chemist


Key information

Industrial Engineering
Employees / Staff
Gloucester , England, UK
Regular Full time, Full-time

Job description

The key deliverables for this role fall into three categories. Adherence to the Quality Management system, Health & Safety and Environment requirements compliance and the Continuous Improvement culture. Quality Management: Developing chemistry analysis and management of activities necessary to design, develop, implement and sustain a service that is effective and efficient whilst ensuring specification, regulatory and environmental compliance is adhered to. Health Safety and the Environment: Work to ensure the health and welfare of those not only working in the Metal finishing facility (MFF) but also customers, suppliers and members of the public who may experience an impact from the workplace environment and all its activities.
Continuous Improvement: Productivity improvements focused on reducing lead-time and cost whilst simultaneously optimising vat availability and utilisation by: -
1. Optimising specifications, techniques and processes to ensure capability is synchronised with demand.
2. Assisting shop floor operatives and Production Engineers in elimination of defects thus building quality into the processes employed.
3. Optimising process capability and availability of the plant and equipment.
4. Elimination of any non-value adding activity

Analysis of vat solutions and subsequent additions and make up associated to Salvage activity with an emphasis on Electro Plating. For example but not limited to Chrome, Cadmium, Nickel, Local Treatment and Sermetel.
The compilation of vat analysis data and publishing results.
The preparation and testing of :
1. Chrome Nickel & Cadmium test panels.
2. Daily Salt Spray checks.
3. Sermetel test panels.
4. Local Treat (cadmium) panels.
5. Lawrence Gauge Analysis (LHE cad).
6. Paint Strip controls (Corrosion & tensile testing).
The procurement of processing chemicals in line with COMAH requirements, the subsequent management of chemistry and its levels on site, live and stored and their effective management. Including the management of vat effluent and waste to balance and harmonise the chemistry levels across the business.
Working with Technicians and Supervisors to resolve issues related to the chemistry in the vats and any problems with the plant and equipment
Reviewing the full range of PCS and OEM specifications to ensure both compliance to and the optimisation of the specifications. Gap analysis followed by evolving actions to close gaps and then the subsequent delivery of actions.

Complementary description

Maintenance and refinement of existing Works Procedures (WPs). Where appropriate the development of new WPS.
New product and process compliance. Responsibility for gap analysis and related gap closing activity. Working as project lead or supporting project lead.
Quality Management System support. Provide laboratory input for QRQC activity and actions. Act as the NCR focal for the area. Support audits internal & external (Quality/Suppliers/ MROs/WPs/Product & Customer). As previously mentioned COMAH Compliance.
Management of the MFF plating plant Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) for vats, ancillary and environmental equipment.
Provide support for designated Turnkey projects.
Additional plant management responsibilities:
1. The Water Plant.
2. Paint Strip analysis.
3. Oil Rig analysis.
4. Calibration of Laboratory equipment.
Other related activity:
1. Liaising and managing related materials and services providers.
2. Management/support of laboratory and environmental related projects.
3. Management of Local Treatment test panels and refresher training.
4. Plating plant capability assurance and development.
5. The maintenance, development and functional activity related Risk Assessments.

Job requirements

  • • A degree in Chemistry or equivalent substantive and demonstrable experience e.g. Engineering/Plating Apprenticeship or equivalent ideally gained in the aerospace or automotive sectors.
  • • A comprehensive knowledge of electro-plating and its associated techniques.
  • • Ability to carry out a wide range of electro plating analysis and familiarity with tools, techniques and equipment associated to said activity.
  • • The ability to read and understand specifications and regulatory documentation. To use this information to its optimum effect whilst ensuring compliance.
  • • A comprehensive process knowledge
  • • Experience with COSHH and the safe use and treatment of chemicals.
  • • The ability to read methods and sequences of operations.
  • • Demonstrate effective organisation and planning skills with the ability to manage personal workload.
  • • Have good problem solving skills.
  • • Excellent communication skills.
  • • High attention to detail with strong quality awareness.
  • • Good IT skills.
  • • Good mathematical skills.
  • • Team working ethics.
  • • Self-managing and reliant.
  • • Good problem solving skills.
  • • Flexibility.

Specificity of the job


Company information

Safran Landing Systems

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 79,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2020 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and Innovation roadmap.

Safran ranks first in Forbes's 2020 list of the World's Best Employers for its sector.

Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. The company works with 30 civil and military aircraft manufacturers and supports 27,800 aircraft that make 73,000 landings a day.

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