09 Sep, 2021

Chemical Engineer

£40,000 yearly
  • Itero
  • London, UK
Chemical Engineer Chemicals

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to join a clean technology company, based in London, focussed on the chemical recycling of mixed plastic waste. We are helping to build the circular economy for plastics by sustainably and economically diverting plastic waste from landfill and incineration. Our technology converts non-recyclable plastic waste into valuable petrochemical resources for the production of new plastic products.

We are just about to finalise development of, and build, our first commercial-scale plant that will process 27,000 tonnes of plastic waste per annum, located in Geleen, the Netherlands. We have an R&D facility in Buckinghamshire, that has provided the valuable data for the development of this plant.

As part of the role you will be working with a small team based in Borough, London & Iver, Buckinghamshire to help in the delivery our first commercial chemical recycling plant to the market in the Netherlands. The role will require regular travel between the UK and the Netherlands.

The Chemical Engineer role is focused around Itero’s R&D plant, working to further the research and process engineering functions across the site and to deliver meaningful insights into the process, technology and products. The role will be based in the UK, primarily working between home, Itero’s London office and the R&D site in Iver.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provide process engineering function to the R&D site, including equipment analysis, specification and selection;

• Be responsible for the reporting and analysis of research campaigns utilising the Itero R&D site;

• On site distillation & analysis of the Itero product streams;

• Process and chemical engineering support for Itero’s commercial scale plant in development;

• Preparation and checking of process deliverables – PFDs, P&IDs, datasheets, specifications, process descriptions, philosophies and narratives;

• Contribute to the design process of Itero’s R&D technology upgrades at all stages of design, procurement and commissioning;

• Prepare and / or assist with the generation and update of various documentation;

• Provide operational & maintenance support to the on-site engineering team;

You will need to have:

• at least a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field, or equivalent experience.

• 5+ years’ experience as a chemical engineer/chemist in a similar industry.

• A willingness to do hands on work.

• Experience within pyrolysis is beneficial.

• Experience in projects during conceptual engineering & FEED.

• Experience working on P&IDs, Process Flow Diagrams & Equipment selection.

• Experience working on safety assessments, such as SIL assessments, HAZOP and HAZAC.

• Experience working on Pilot or R&D scale plants is beneficial.

You ideally will :

• Have excellent proficiency levels required for effective chemical engineer-related responsibilities;

• Be able to pick up on new concepts quickly and efficiently;

• Be multi-skilled with the ability to understand a wide range of engineering concepts;

• Have excellent report writing and organisational skills;

• Be able to work independently and take responsibility for tasks;

• Be flexible and keen to assist in a variety of ways;

• Have a proven ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment;

• Have a proactive approach to work and problem solving, suggesting new ideas with a strong “Can Do” attitude;

• Be highly fluent in English and effective communication at all levels;

• Have a clean Driving License and willingness to travel to meet with suppliers and partners where necessary;

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life, so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working, including working from home, and compressed hours.

As Chemical Engineer you can expect:

• up to £40,000 p/a;

• 25 days holiday (not including public holidays);

• Flexible working (including working from home);

• Fun & dog friendly office in Borough (current location includes gym, cinema and bar);

• Cycle to work scheme;

• Potential for international travel


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