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Product Development Chemist

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Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire
£40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum
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Date Added
April 26th, 2024

Product Development Chemist required, based in Cheshire West on a permanent basis. Degree required in Chemistry, with proven industrial experience of synthetic/formulation chemistry. Mineral extraction knowledge experience is desirable but not essential, as is a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry.

Title: Product Development Chemist

Location: Cheshire West

Salary: £40,000 - £45,000 per annum (dependent on experience)

Term: Permanent

SRG are working with a highly innovative company who develop speciality chemicals for a wide range of downstream industries - including agrochemicals, personal care and mineral extraction. They are now looking for a Product Development Chemist to evaluate the performance and properties of their synthesised chemical additives in formulations used for mineral extraction. This brand-new role will involve formulation and synthesis work of both new and existing products, as well as testing them to meet performance and stability targets. This role will suit candidates with proven industrial experience of synthetic/formulation chemistry within a range of different markets including personal care, household, janitorial, agrochemical, foaming products and mineral extraction. Candidates that hold a PhD with industrial experience are also encouraged to apply.

Benefits: You will join a small team in a larger, diverse & dynamic department - with lots of opportunities to learn from experienced scientists in varied disciplines. An excellent environment to build a career in. 37.5 hours, Mon-Fri, flexible start & finish times. Excellent company pension & annual bonus potential, private healthcare. 25 days holiday + 8 bank holidays.

Role / Description

  • Develop knowledge in Mineral Extraction to be able to provide structure-performance relationships in the chemistries used in this application.
  • Based on this knowledge, create novel chemistries and/or formulations that matches or exceeds currently used products in this industry.
  • Progress the development of products through proper stages of project management - from inception to commercialisation.
  • Assist in the testing of these new products in lab environment using standard equipment to include performance and stability assessment.
  • Able to discuss these new products and application testing results with the technical and commercial teams.
  • Work collaboratively with application testing and external testing facilities to evaluate products.
  • Working on both internal and customer projects within the agreed timelines.
  • Produce samples on Laboratory scale - for use in initial testing.
  • Keep accurate records of lab activities, issue detailed technical reports in a reasonable time frame and, when required, prepare effective PowerPoint presentations to present internal projects to the technical and business teams.
  • Perform a thorough review of the existing patent literature to ensure the new formulations could be brought to market without any legal complications.
  • When appropriate, contribution includes drafting patent applications to protect new product developments and new technologies.


  • Degree in Chemistry, or a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry
  • Experience in formulating similar products with surfactants - e.g. personal care, household, janitorial, agrochemical, foaming products
  • Synthetic Chemistry PhD or knowledge/experience is preferred also
  • Self-motivated and keen to learn

If you would like to apply for this position, please use the link provided. Alternatively please email a copy of your CV to For more information regarding this position or any others, please call Chris on 0161 526 1898. If you have a scientific background and this position is not relevant / suitable for you, please feel free to get in touch or visit to view our other vacancies.

SRG is the UK's number one recruitment company specialising in the scientific, engineering, clinical, pharmaceutical, food/FMCG, energy & renewables, biotech, chemical and medical device sectors. As scientists ourselves, our specialist sector knowledge and our passion are second to none. It's this combination that makes us different. We're committed to providing outstanding temporary, contract and permanent career opportunities of all levels for our candidates and a comprehensive range of expert strategic recruitment services for our clients.

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Carbon60, Lorien & SRG - The Impellam Group STEM Portfolio are acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.

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