Solvay Group - Senior Engineer - Applications Research

Heanor, Derbyshire, UK

Solvay Group

As a Senior Engineer – Application Research, you will be at the heart of our ambitious growth plans with an unrivalled opportunity to develop innovative, market leading composite materials and processes for a variety of industrial applications. In the role of Senior Engineer – Application Research you will be located at our site in Heanor, where our Application Centre is situated.


Design, develop and improve composite manufacturing processes to support  Solvay’s key markets - particular focus would be needed upon the serial automotive and aerospace sectors.

Develop processing technologies that align to our customers’ needs, with a particular focus upon thermoset composites processing (knowledge and experience of thermoplastics would be desirable, but not essential).

Lead and motivate a team on a day to day basis through your technical contributions to projects.

Support our customers and address the challenges they face with regards to composite applications technology.

Identify through theoretical and practical considerations, process improvement and development areas within existing processes.

Contribute in a pro-active manner with the planning, execution, monitoring and reporting of development projects including within a collaborative environmentPlay a major role in developing and implementing the department strategy as part of the wider Application Engineering strategy.

Identify and propose intellectual property (IP) opportunitiesDrive your technical awareness within advanced and high performance composites by keeping abreast of the market as well as Solvay’s strategic customers and partners.

Support the generation of cost models and trade studies to accurately predict costs for new materials and processes.

Support activities relating to composite design, and provide expertise on the practical considerations of design for manufacture

Experience and Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess one of the following:

  • A Master’s degree (MSc or MEng) or an Honours degree (BSc or BEng) in a related engineering discipline and 7 years or more of related work experience


  • Work experience in a related field of not less than 10 years
  • You must have technical leadership and excellent practical skills.
  • You will be able to understand complex theoretical problems and work effectively within a team, independently when required and prioritise your workload.  

Solvay’s vision is to ask more from chemistry. Our focus on innovation, advanced technology and application expertise enables us to develop, manufacture and sell products that change the way our customers do business.

Solvay is a leading supplier of composite materials, process consumables and tooling to industries such as high performance automotive, Formula 1, aerospace, rail, defence, renewable energy and marine. Our spirit of innovation and desire to understand the customers’ needs now positions us in a leading position to service the automotive industry at a time when the need for high performance light materials is prevalent.


Listed: 07 Sep 2018

Expires: 07 Dec 2018

Contact: Faye Bhardwaj


Telephone: 07791 425290