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24th Mar

Technical Manager

— An exciting opportunity to lead a diverse team as part of an award-winning biopolymer chemistry start-up.

Bath, UK
Competitive and dependant on qualifications and experience.
  • Work within a highly innovative company, solving environmental issues that do not currently have solutions.
  • Manage a lab-based team within the beautiful city of Bath.
  • Award-winning start-up looking to commercialise new technologies.

This is a new role within an established start-up looking to commercialise new and unique technologies that will reduce microplastic waste, preventing pollution at source.

What you’ll be doing

Managing a small but growing team with a flat management structure and based within a lab. You would be working collaboratively to create sustainable solutions through organic chemistry methods. You would also be working to commercialise these new biopolymer technologies. This is a great opportunity to professionally develop within an award-winning start-up. Each day will be different, presenting new challenges and opportunities.

What experience you’ll need to apply  

  • A technical background in cellulose, biopolymer chemistry, chemical process engineering, or natural chemical processes, such as naturally occurring polymers or polysaccharides. PhD in biopolymer chemistry or a related subject, preferably with a few years of post-doc experience including team leadership. Alternatively, a candidate with an MSc or Meng degree in a relevant subject, such as chemical engineering, with several years of experience and team leadership would also be considered.
  • It is essential that the successful candidate has extensive laboratory experience.
  • The ideal candidate will have experience working outside of academia with companies that specialise in chemicals, ingredients, or EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction). This could be within an R&D, commercialisation and/or technical capacity.
  • You will have experience in project or team management, with a proven record of successfully guiding a team to a positive result. This would include proof of prioritising and allocating resources.
  • You will have excellent written and verbal English, being a confident communicator who would be comfortable dealing with customers, suppliers, and project partners. You will have great interpersonal skills and enjoy working with different team members and project partners.
  • You will be open to collaboration, including sharing your ideas and thinking creatively to solve an issue without an existing solution.
  • The role would be focused on the commercialisation of a new technology. In addition to this, the successful candidate would be managing a diverse team of chemists, engineers, and technicians in a fast-paced environment.
  • You would be working within the scaling, process optimisation, production, and customisation of cellulose beads.
  • The ideal candidate will be highly creative when addressing technical challenges related to product development from invention to commercialisation.
  • The ideal candidate will enjoy working in an unstructured environment where every day is different and brings new challenges and opportunities. You will also be flexible and comfortably able to manage changing priorities.
  • You will enjoy working in a flat team structure, where everyone contributes to the best of their knowledge and expertise with a focus on making the business a success.
  • Prior experience working within a start-up or scale-up would be desirable.
  • You will have an interest in the environment, being motivated to help create innovative technical solutions to pressing environmental issues.

What you’ll get in return for your experience

The salary is competitive and dependant on qualifications and experience. Negotiable share options plan for equity. 28 days holiday per annum including Bank Holidays. Standard pension scheme.

What’s next

Please apply now or get in touch with Imogen for more information. The ideal start date would be at the beginning of May, though the client are willing to wait for the right candidate and appreciate that notice periods can be up to 3-months.

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Who's managing this role?

Imogen Turner

Imogen Turner

— Recruiter Environmental & Life Sciences

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