Development is the essential link between original research and a product that the customer can use

dev-role

At the development stage, employees work in teams with customers to transform ideas into commercial reality.

We grow our business by developing new products, many of them based on projects from the Johnson Matthey's Corporate R&D Technology Centre at Sonning Common, Oxfordshire, UK.

It's satisfying to work on a product today and see it being sold six months later

A number of our products and processes need updating over time as the science evolves, and development work is also done to improve and streamline them. Speed to market is key. This leads to pressures and challenges, but it is satisfying to work on a product today and see it being sold three to six months later.

Like our Research and Technology colleagues, we develop strong partnerships directly with customers, getting their research and development people to buy into our ideas. That way we build the long term relationships that are at the heart of our business.

How you start out

You'll start work on a live project straightaway. You could be exploring a new opportunity with a customer, be busy doing benchwork related to a customer programme or working on an internal production project. You could be running tests, analysing customer returns or scaling up production on a new product.

Who are we looking for?

There are opportunities for first degree graduates and PhDs. We also look for people with the right technical knowledge who are from the business world. We seek applications from graduates with chemistry degrees, including specialists in catalysis.

We also recruit chemical engineers for process technology and automotive engineers for autocatalyst testing. You'll need to communicate effectively in both technical and layman's terms and be a practical self-starter.