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Impact Solutions is an independent materials testing and innovative problem-solving provider. Our dynamic team are flexible and adaptable in using their diverse range of knowledge and skills to offer bespoke solutions. Whether you need product or material testing, to develop an idea into something tangible or want to know more about recycled material, Impact Solutions can offer you a 360º service. We believe in developing commercially focused and sustainable results for our customers.

positions currently available

Technical Development Manager

REPORTING TO: Sales Director

ABOUT IMPACT

Imagine the future and fill in the gap!

We believe everyone has the right to THRIVE and not just survive at work. If you are looking for that pivotal change in your career, you are looking at the right place. At Impact Solutions, problem solving and innovation is in our DNA. We honour individuals who are forward thinking and seek for an opportunity at every challenge that they come across. Impact Solution are a proud UKAS 17025 accredited laboratories but we also expand into non-accredited and innovations work. We have a fast-growing and a vibrant work environment, ideal for someone who strive on being agile and cherish leadership. Impact Solutions WILL continue to grow, this is where we need an experienced Research Specialist who values quality and problem-solving.

PURPOSE OF ROLE

We are looking for a talented individual to provide project management and technical direction for our portfolio of research projects, spreading across a number of disciplines but all focused on sustainability.

The role requires strong technical leadership and you will be involved in setting the overall technical direction of the company. You will be taking the technical lead in our innovation projects and research proposals and contributing to broad technical issues inside and outside the organisation.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Degree (B.Sc.) and preferably post graduate qualification (Ph.D. or M.Sc.) with good communication and people skills.  A team player with initiative to make improvements that will increase efficiency, productivity and team moral.  Excellent time management, project management and a commercial vision is essential to this role.

     

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSTHOLDER

The post holder has a series of technical and operational responsibilities, including the following:

    • Project Management of our research portfolio through to commercialisation
    • Primary point of contact for our partners
    • Determining and road-mapping the technical direction of projects.
    • Capable of guiding more junior scientists to achieve ambitious project goals
    • Take technical leadership of innovation projects from concept to commercialisation.
    • Oversight of technical proposals for research grants.
    • Oversight of lab work so that it is carried out to the highest technical standard and to HSE standards
    • Project management and delivery to ensure projects are delivered on time and with value added
    • Promoting Impact Solution through presentations at technical events
    • Producing technical articles for publication on the web
    • Working closely with the sales team to target new areas to work in and build the lab business up.
    • Reporting work and results to customers to meet schedules.  Ensure all reports are to the highest technical standards and are accurate.
    • Take the lead in brainstorming new areas of focus and writing of grant proposals for feasibility study funding.

Interested? Apply here.

Apprentice Technician

An enthusiastic and ambitious apprentice is wanted to join the team at Impact Solutions. Based in Grangemouth, Impact is an accredited materials testing, research and development laboratory that specialises in the physical, analytical, and biodegradable properties of plastics, composites, and packaging materials. Our dynamic team are flexible and adaptable in using their diverse range of knowledge and skills to offer accredited or bespoke solutions for both product and material testing.

The successful candidate will undertake testing, analysis, research and support our team. You will be hands on and not wearing a white coat role as we literally destroy products using a wide variety of industrial tools, chemicals, and temperatures.

As we work throughout the plastics supply chain, from ‘Reactor to Recycle’ and therefore we look for people who enjoy diversity, a changing work schedule and problem solving.

This is an entry level position under the modern apprenticeship scheme.

What might a typical day in this job look like?

Impact undertakes testing of all types of plastic products including pipes, containers, tanks and on the plastic itself, therefore there is not a typical day as every day will be different. You will probably start telling your friends that your job is to ‘break things’!

Responsibilities :

The successful candidate will work within the laboratory following UKAS, HSE and high housekeeping standards following work plans whilst reporting to the senior lab technician.

The post holder is responsible for key laboratory tasks including:

· Performing tasks by following work plans unsupervised

· Data entry to worksheets and work pack completion

· Work with bespoke electronic and electrical equipment to capture data and monitor performance of the long term tests

· Responsibility for upkeep of certain accredited documents such as Equipment records

· Record work carried out on a day to day basis paying attention to accuracy and detail as required by customers and regulators.

· Housekeeping to the highest standards.

· Health and Safety items in the workplace such as Risk assessments & hazard identification.

At times you will be working independently on a small project where you will have total control, and at other times as part of a team working on larger projects, and therefore you should be a confident self starter.

Training will be provided in house and the candidate would be expected to undertake day release at Falkirk College as they work towards higher qualifications.

Education

The position is ideal for a high school leaver who would rather go straight into industry than to University. The hands on nature of the business allows those with ambition and drive to progress. Our technical and commercial team are keen to pass on their specialised knowledge and our very own Operations Director started as an apprentice 20 years ago.

Personality and problem solving is far more important to us than education achievement so far, although a strong understanding in Maths and other science subjects would be desirable.

Job Types: Full-time, Apprenticeship

Additional pay:

  • Bonus Scheme

Benefits:

  • Company Pension
  • Life Insurance
  • On-site Parking

COVID-19 considerations:
We have staff working remotely where possible, hand sanitisers have been fitted at every entrance and staff are issued with individual hand sanitisers and masks in the rare situations where social distancing is not possible to undertake specific tasks.

The successful candidate will benefit from flexible working hours, Monday to Friday, a competitive salary with up to a 15% annual bonus, 34.5 days of holiday per year and a friendly, fast paced, working environment.  The company is currently based in Grangemouth but will be moving to larger premises nearer Edinburgh in the next 6 – 12 months in order to support our expansion.

Interested? Apply here.

Materials Scientist

Who are Impact

Impact Solutions is an independent materials testing and innovative problem solving provider. Our dynamic team are flexible and adaptable in using their diverse range of knowledge and skills to offer bespoke solutions. Whether you need product or material testing, to develop an idea into something tangible or want to know more about recycled material, Impact Solutions can offer you a 360º service.

We believe everyone has the right to THRIVE and not just survive at work. If you are looking for that pivotal change in your career, you are looking at the right place. At Impact Solutions, problem solving and innovation is in our DNA. We honour individuals who are forward thinking and seek for an opportunity at every challenge that they come across. Impact Solution are a proud UKAS 17025 accredited laboratories but we also expand into non-accredited and innovations work. We have a fast-growing and a vibrant work environment, ideal for someone who strive on being agile and cherish leadership. Impact Solutions WILL continue to grow, this is where we need an experienced Research Specialist who values quality and problem-solving.

 

The role

No day at Impact is the same. You will work on a number of privately funded projects and provide project management, technical guidance and direction to project and laboratory staff.

You will provide help in undertaking material tests, interpretation of standards, project setup and running innovation research projects. At times you will be working independently on a small project where you will have total control, and at other times as part of a team working on larger projects, and therefore you should be a confident self starter.

You will also at times be customer facing and therefore a blend of academic and commercial knowledge will be highly valued. Throughout your time with Impact you will have the opportunity to learn about a broad range of polymers and materials and training and support will be provided to help you reach your personal goals.

Impact actively encourage innovation among our staff, and offer additional bonus’ for successful innovations.

 

Qualifications

You will have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a relevant subject. We are happy to consider candidates from a variety of backgrounds, for example, chemistry, physics, mathematics, (etc) who have an interest in/understanding of materials. A can-do attitude is a must.

 

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Technical experience in any field
  • Good team working skills and effective delegation skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong use of initiative and ability to act proactively, in order to capitalise on opportunities
  • Established project management skills
  • Good self management ability to work on multiple projects at the same time
  • Strong personal values in customer service, quality and commercial awareness

 

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge and/or experience of participating in technical programmes
  • Basic understanding of the circular economy and the challenges facing the plastic industry
  • Knowledge/understanding of the physical testing of plastic
  • Knowledge and/or experience of working in an ISO17025 laboratory or knowledge of UKAS accreditation
  • An existing network within the manufacturing, recycling, environmental, scientific or academic communities

The successful candidate will benefit from flexible working hours, Monday to Friday, a competitive salary with up to a 15% annual bonus, 34.5 days of holiday per year and a friendly, fast paced, working environment. The company is currently based in Grangemouth but will be moving to larger premises nearer Edinburgh in the next 6 – 12 months in order to support our expansion.

As the company is growing fast there is numerous opportunites for career progression whether that be on a technical or commercial side.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £18,500.00-£22,500.00 per year

 

Additional pay:

  • Bonus scheme

 

Benefits:

  • Bike to work scheme
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Flexible schedule
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay

 

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

 

Work remotely:

  • No

 

COVID-19 precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings

Interested? Apply here.

Chemical Engineer

Who are Impact

Impact Solutions is an independent materials testing and innovative problem solving provider. Our dynamic team are flexible and adaptable in using their diverse range of knowledge and skills to offer bespoke solutions. Whether you need product or material testing, to develop an idea into something tangible or want to know more about recycled material, Impact Solutions can offer you a 360º service. We believe in developing commercially focused and sustainable results for our customers.

 

The role

No day at Impact is the same. You will work on a number of privately funded projects and provide project management, technical guidance and direction to project and laboratory staff.

We are looking for highly ambitious and motivated graduate Chemical Engineers with an excellent Academic record or Chemical / Process Engineers currently working in a junior roles seeking to progress their career by working on exciting and innovative projects.

Reporting directly to the Technical Development Manager you will be expected to take on ownership of sub project tasks and find solutions to technical challenges. The role will be heavily hands on, and those who succeed will be excellent working alone and as part of a team. You will be a self starter who can work without instruction and you’ll notice the things other people would not.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Running laboratory scale experiments
  • Authoring technical calculations
  • Preparing process datasheets, PFDs and P&IDs
  • Technology review and selection
  • Energy efficiency assessments
  • Writing technical reports and presentations
  • Providing input to development of operating procedures
  • HAZID/ENVID/HAZOP reviews
  • HSE Review

The position comes with unlimited career progression as Impact strives to create the next generation of sustainable technologies.

 

Qualifications / Experience

  • Excellent degree in Chemical Engineering – minimum Bachelor Degree at 2:1 or above, although Masters/Doctorate preferred.
  • Work/Placement experience in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, bio-technology and/or process safety preferred
  • Experience of troubleshooting and optimisation of process plant beneficial
  • Good understanding of regulatory and legislation compliance for safety beneficial

 

The Person

  • Passionate about green technology
  • Bright, passionate and curious with a strong attention to detail
  • Willing to work hard, be hands on and learn and grow with the company
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal, time management, and prioritisation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to communicate effectively in English with technical and non-technical personnel

The successful candidate will benefit from flexible working hours, Monday to Friday, a competitive salary with up to a 15% annual bonus, 34.5 days of holiday per year and a friendly, fast paced, working environment. The company is currently based in Grangemouth but will be moving to larger premises nearer Edinburgh in the next 6 – 12 months in order to support our expansion.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £20,000.00-£22,500.00 per year

 

Additional pay:

  • Bonus scheme
  • Yearly bonus

 

Benefits:

  • Bike to work scheme
  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Flexible schedule
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay

 

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

 

Work remotely:

  • No

 

COVID-19 precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings

Interested? Apply here.

Analytical Chemist

Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.

We believe everyone has the right to THRIVE and not just survive at work. If you are looking for that pivotal change or a new start in your career, you are looking at the right place. At Impact Solutions, problem solving and innovation is in our DNA. We honour individuals who are forward-thinking and seek for an opportunity at every challenge that they come across.

Impact Solutions main core business is based on the testing and innovations of polymers and composite materials. Impact’s laboratories are operating under the strict ISO 17025:2017 directions and are accredited by UKAS. We have a fast-growing and a vibrant work environment, ideal for someone who strives on being agile and analytical. Impact Solutions WILL continue to grow, this is where we need a Chemist who values quality and efficiency.

We are currently seeking a passionate Analytical Chemist with an undergraduate chemistry related degree (preferably MSci/MChem) who has demonstratable experience with chromatography and spectroscopy systems and preferably with experience working in a regulated environment GLP, ISO 17025 or equivalent).

This role is perfect for someone who is rigour and highly self-motivated and most importantly, be able to demonstrate collaborative spirits. We take pride in our innovations hub where our dynamic teamwork synergistically on ground-breaking technologies. As an Analytical Chemist, you must strive in decision-making and endeavour a rational and logical approach to problem-solving. The successful candidate will help Impact Solutions grow their Analytical Polymer Testing Business.

 

We are looking for…

· You must have demonstrable laboratory experience with knowledge of a wide range of laboratory equipment and techniques including, GC-MS, GPC, ICP-OES, FTIR etc

· You must be highly competent in verbal and written reporting skills with high attention to details

· You must have a solid understanding of scientific literature and research techniques

· You must be able to make judgements based on sound reasoning and be data-driven

· You must be proficient in use of standard office IT programs and basic data analysis

· You must be meticulous with your organisational skills in order to work autonomously

· You have excellent communication skills in both written and verbal format

 

The Core Role…

· To designing and conducting experiments independently and delivering laboratory reports on time

· You will be responsible for working alongside the analytical team in various QA/QC and Innovations projects.

· You are responsible for self-managing to ensure deadlines are met and commit to assisting the project team for smooth project delivery.

· You are responsible for ensuring and adhering to a quality work that is aligned with the ISO 17025 system.

· You will be involved in various physical and chemical analyses of polymers, plastics, biodegradables, organics, soils, sediments and waters.

· You are responsible for being resourceful and to delegate tasks efficiently as well as self-managing the delivery of the tasks.

· You must adhere to EHS (i.e. COSHH, risk assessments) with an uncompromising commitment to working safely

· You must be adaptable in understanding and following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). You are also required to produce SOP when necessary.[PW3]

 

Competitive salary

Contact Details for queries

Hiring Manager: Dr. Michail Kalloudis

Closing date: 30/01/2021

Reference ID: LABChem-003

Expected start date: 15/02/2021

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £18,774.00-£25,000.00 per year

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Experience:

  • Analytical Chemistry: 1 year (Preferred)

Work remotely:

  • No

Interested? Apply here.