Graduate Opportunity

Technical Development Programme

Various UK locations. Multiple vacancies.

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Croda is a global speciality chemical company inspired by nature. We produce the most innovative range of renewable, naturally derived ingredients in the world. You probably don’t know it, but you are already benefiting from our work as our pioneering products are vital to many leading brands. We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment, developing our people and supporting local communities. We are passionate and excited about how we can develop and utilise new technologies to shape and inspire changes within the dynamic market sectors we work in.

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We have an excellent opportunity for you to join our 2022 Graduate Intake. Our Technical Development Programme, aimed at candidates with a chemistry, biochemistry or life sciences degree, is a rotational scheme made up of three, twelve month placements. These will likely be based at our UK locations but European placements may also be possible. This programme is designed for scientists who want to gain exposure to the wider technical business. Primarily working in a laboratory environment, you will work with different technical teams across a variety of market sectors or functions within the business such as Quality.

During the programme, you will receive on-the-job training and attend a five module residential training programme which focuses on developing your personal and business skills. This, together with a supportive mentoring scheme, buddy system and regular progress reviews with your manager, will ensure you have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and experience which will help you on your way to achieving your career aspirations. 

Our ideal person

As a business, it’s really important to us that we find the best person for the job and that you have the best opportunity to succeed in the role. To help, we have outlined our expectations for the role and what core skills and experiences we require as well as what would make you an ideal fit. In turn, we hope this helps you evaluate if this is the right job for you.


  • You will be an effective communicator and team player, capable of building effective working relationships
  • Good planning and organisation skills, you must be capable of prioritising your own workload and adapting to the changing needs of the business and placement requirements
  • You will be a proactive problem solver and an innovative thinker;  able to address issues, contribute new ideas, solutions and ways of working to the team
  • You must demonstrate a good level of self-awareness; capable of identifying your strengths and areas for further development, as well as seeing the value in giving and receiving feedback for yourself and others
  • You will have or are expected to achieve a 2:1 degree (Upper Second Class or equivalent level outside of the UK) or above in one of the following disciplines:
    - Chemistry
    - Biochemistry
    - Life Sciences
    If already achieved, this must be within the last 5 years.
  • You must have good English language skills; both written and verbal
  • As this is a rotational scheme, you must be willing to relocate for your placements in the UK


  • European language skills; in particular French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and German
  • Previous work experience, chemical industry experience is advantageous

Benefits Package:

Croda offer a competitive graduate benefits package. This incorporates a starting salary of approximately £25,250, a defined benefit pension scheme, 25 days' paid holiday plus bank holidays, access to share incentive plans plus a £3,000 relocation package to support relocating for placements.

Application Information:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete an additional application form plus online aptitude testing in the first instance and then if successful, they will be invited to an assessment event.

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Opportunity Overview

  • December 3rd, 2021
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £25,250 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Multiple UK Locations

Disciplines accepted...

  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Pharmacology

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