R&D Industrial Placement – Leeds

  • Leeds
  • Leeds

Website Sika Corporation

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  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee discount
We’re looking for an Industrial Placement Student to join our team

About Sika
Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for waterproofing, bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting in the building sector and motor vehicle industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 101 countries around the world and manufactures in over 300 factories. Its more than 27,000 employees generated annual sales of CHF 9.3 billion in 2021.

About R&D
The core responsibility of the R&D Team at Sika Leeds is innovation of technologies to provide unrivalled sustainable solutions, we aim to be a driver of the transformation of the Construction, manufacturing, and DIY industries towards net Zero.

Purpose of the Role
At our Leeds site we work on a broad range of chemistries from building chemicals, solvent borne adhesives to water-based acrylics, silicone and STP sealants and adhesives. The successful candidate will join the silicone and STP team whose mission is to bring to market the next generation of sustainable products.

What’s In it for You?
The Opportunity:
You will be a key member of an energetic team, working with a wide range of departments including operations, product management and sales, to introduce to market new and improved products. As a key member of the R&D team, you will be responsible for formulating market leading sealants & adhesives. You will also help elevate any supply challenges by approving alternative raw materials and work closely with the Operations & QC Teams to solve any technical issues on plant.

The Rewards:
You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, and a sweep of great benefits. We pride ourselves on our total reward package:

  • Holiday 25 days, plus bank holidays
  • Core Hours Working between 10:00-16:00
  • Global Income Protection (PHI)
  • Staff discount platform & Cycle to Work scheme
  • Dedicated Service Awards for reaching key milestones
  • Selected discounted Sika products


The Support:
Sika fosters an inclusive culture borne out through local and wider management. You will be mentored by our experienced formulation chemists, as well as collaborate with other R&D departments globally in Sika to develop your skills in the formulation of silicone & STP products. You will develop new skills through teamwork and provided training not just in your technical field but also in management through Sika’s market leading training programs. Sika invests in its people, providing excellent opportunities for advancement and skills development. The R&D Team at Leeds prides itself on a strong basis of openness and support where successes and mistakes are freely exchanged.

The Skills:
We are not only the UK’s largest manufacture of sealants & adhesives, but we are also the largest manufacturer of one component silicones globally in Sika, as part of this team you will develop a great understanding of how to formulate market leading products. Tangible skills such as time management, project management, and synthetic expertise will be nurtured and developed. There is a significant commitment to professional and personal development from day one.

The Future:
At Sika we take a personal interest in employee career goals and promote training and development of all our employees, delivering an exceptional succession planning program.

We Need Your Skills

What we need from you?

  • On track to achieving an upper second-class hours degree in Chemistry
  • Proven team-working skills, as well as being able to work under own initiative
  • A highly motivated individual who shares our passion for delivering high performance, sustainable solutions to the construction industry
  • A problem-solving mindset and the ability to think outside the box
  • Confidence with excellent communication skills at all levels, both verbal and written

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Internship /Diploma/Bachelor/Master Thesis

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