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Coating Specialist

Reading, Berkshire, UK
£37860 - £70000 per annum
Posting live until
4 Jul 2024

Job Details

AWE have an exciting opportunity for a Coating Specialist to join the Trials, Evaluation, Test and Development sub-function, supporting the delivery of their programme. The role will act as the lead in polymer and metallic coatings, working with technicians to develop and deliver coating techniques to specialist substrates. This position might suit a Chemist or Chemical Engineer who is interested in this area.

Location: Reading

Salary: £37,860 - £70,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 04th July 2024

The Role?

The Target Fabrication Team are looking for an experienced Coatings Specialist to be responsible for delivery of an in-house coating capability. The successful candidate will be expected to develop techniques for the use of polymer and metallic coatings to meet customer requirements. This role will direct the work of technicians, aiding in their training and mentoring. The role works alongside machining, assembly and characterisation capabilities to provide an all-round service to the customer.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Perform research and development activities to establish in-house coating capabilities.
  • Develop standard operating procedures for routine coating procedures.
  • Investigate methods to meet novel customer requirements.
  • Identify and facilitate improved working practices to aid delivery.
  • Maintain all chemical and manufacturing processes in line with statutory guidelines.

Your key skills should include but not be limited to:

  • Proven experience as a Coating Specialist or a similar role within the coatings industry
  • Knowledge of different coating types, applications, and associated equipment
  • Ideally candidates will have a degree in a STEM discipline with experience in either polymer or metal coatings - however on the job experience will be considered in place of this.

What will you get from us?

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work).
  • Maternity Leave- 39 Weeks Full Pay & Paternity Leave- 4 Weeks Full Pay!
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training.
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution).
  • Life Assurance.
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.



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AWE plays a crucial role in national nuclear security. Working to support the defence of our country, we’re a community of creative thinkers from all kinds of backgrounds in all kinds of roles, with one clear mission – to keep everyone, our environment and everything around us safe and secure. Our role in nuclear defence and the specialist expertise we provide to the government, is vital in the defence against the most serious threats faced by the UK – and to keeping the peace. From developing the warheads for the nuclear deterrent, to providing counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions, the work we do is of global importance.

Why work for us
What we do is unique and so are the people who work here. We are a team of around 6500 people – proud to be part of such an important mission. We are com​mitted to equality at work and to mainstreaming diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We believe that by bringing together a diverse range of people we’ll get the diversity of thought to approach challenges in new ways.

Training and development
We believe in supporting our people through long-term investment in learning and development. Alongside in-house and on-line training capabilities, we support membership of professional bodies. We also focus on building and developing leadership skills, in pursuit of our best-in-class ambition. We do this through tailored leadership development programmes, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, designed to equip our leaders with the skills to drive performance and bring out the best in their teams.

Graduate schemes
Our two-year Evolve programme offers four career pathways: Science, Engineering, Environment, Safety, Health & Quality and Corporate & Operations. The programme is designed to be flexible, to incorporate a range of experiences as well as business needs. You’ll undertake several placements to expand your knowledge of your discipline, enabling you to develop yourself and your ongoing career. Your line manager will work with you and support you on your journey.

What we are looking for
We are always looking for high-calibre people to join our team. Whatever stage of your career, AWE is an exciting and challenging environment to develop your skills and achieve your potential. Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognize and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Please note that you must be a British national to apply for a role at AWE.

Reading, UK

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Main areas of research
Nuclear defence, nuclear forensics, radiation detection, plasma physics, hydrodynamics, high-performance computing, materials science

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Computational physics, criticality scientists, experimental physics, radiation science, high-performance computing, radiation detection

Must be a British national and have resided in the UK for 10 years for our science and engineering roles 

How to apply
Please visit our website for further information

Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111

Company info
+44 0118 98 24643
AWE Aldermaston

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