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One Year Undergraduate Engineering Programme - Starting Summer 2022

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We are a speciality chemical company and one of the world’s foremost suppliers of water-based polymers with leadership positions in many markets. Our polymers help customers create innovative new products and enhance the performance of existing products in key industries such as coatings, construction, adhesives, paper and nitrile medical gloves. The acquisition of the highly complementary OMNOVA Solutions Inc in April 2020 has extended the group’s geographic reach, expanded the global platform and will accelerate the further differentiation of the business.

We have operational headquarters in London, UK, and provide customer-focused services from regional centres in Harlow, UK; Marl, Germany; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Beachwood, Ohio, USA.

What our people think about Synthomer

One of the world's leading suppliers of speciality emulsion and aqueous polymers to companies across the world.

Our one year placement scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for high-potential students to gain experience in industry, working on priority projects and manufacturing initiatives. On successful completion of the programme, there is an opportunity to progress to the Synthomer Graduate Leadership Programme for students who have excelled during their placement.

Our students are expected to learn by direct hands on activity, working with highly experienced functional engineers and managers to find solutions to real business problems.

Line managers/mentors work closely with students to ensure their placement is well suited to their interests, whilst also challenging students with complex tasks. We offer opportunities to students who are highly motivated and willing to learn with a ‘can do’ positive outlook in the workplace.

Main accountabilities:

  • Maintains a high personal standard of safety consistent with Synthomer SHE principles and Golden Rules at all times
  • Tasks and activities assigned according to Synthomer’s business priorities and own developmental needs
  • Uses an appropriate format and language that makes documents usable by the sites
  • Ensures sound engineering principles are used throughout the placement
  • Take the initiative – helps fellow engineering colleagues where appropriate and can participate in or lead 
  • Whilst carrying out projects and activities, encouraged and expected to provide ideas for discussion, however to follow any subsequent guidance given by the supervisor/mentor provided it is safe and reasonable to do so.
  • Actively participate in meetings and discussions as a member of the “Synthomer team”
  • Shows good time keeping and punctuality behaviours to meet deadlines

What we look for....

  • In the penultimate year in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry or Mechanical Engineering
  • On track to receive a minimum of 2:1 or above
  • Aspiration to become future leader
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Flexible with location
  • 2nd European language an advantage

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • One year
  • Harlow
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Chemical
  • Chemistry
  • Mechanical

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