Materials Scientist

BAE Systems
Cardiff, Wales / Newport, Wales / Monmouthshire, Wales
06 Mar 2018
20 Mar 2018
Declan O'dowd
Chemical & Process
Job Type

Materials Scientist

Would you like to thrive in a pivotal role delivering heavy munitions projects? We currently have a vacancy for a Materials Scientist at our site in Glascoed.

As a Materials Scientist, you will work within the scientific function to assess and identify suitable materials to use with the product. You will be required to take into account suitability of the material for the products to ascertain quality and performance.

This diverse role will provide you with the opportunity to work on exciting projects within the Land UK business where you will get to work with various stakeholders. The newly redeveloped Glascoed site offers excellent staff facilities and benefits including a gym, football courts, as well as bespoke training courses and support for chartership and higher education.

Your main responsibilities as a Materials Scientist will involve:

Improvement of existing processes, to include design and development of new processes, with particular emphasis on, corrosion protection, heat treatment, surface engineering and surface coating technologies to enhance product safety

Corrosion testing, non-destructive testing (NDT), and mechanical testing of raw materials and components using both internal and external resources

Liaising with design engineers, procurement professionals and raw material suppliers to develop and maintain material specifications, and assess new manufacturing technologies with particular emphasis on evolving regulatory requirements relating to materials and processes influenced by REACH legislation

Carry out and support defect analysis and failure investigation from a metallurgical aspect, including metallographic and SEM fractographic and chemical analyses, and corrosion control

Writing and compilation of reports using information from both internal and external sources

Your skills and qualifications:


A recognised metallurgical or material science qualification, preferably to degree level, but minimum HND/HNC

Experience in providing metallurgical advice in the selection of materials, manufacturing processes and mechanical testing of non-ferrous and ferrous metals, including NDT procedures, and corrosion assessment control

A full valid UK driving license


An understanding of national and international material and material processing standards

Experience in paint and adhesive technologies

Experience of quality control and quality assurance techniques applicable to an ISO 9001 accredited company including:

  • Statistical process control (preferably Minitab)
  • Fault Tree analysis
  • Lean Manufacturing

What we're looking for in you:

You will be an innovative thinker with the ability to work under your own initiative. You will possess good interpersonal verbal and written skills and will have the ability to work well under pressure.

Location: Glascoed

Salary: £32,285 + commensurate with skills and experience

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, childcare vouchers, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Employee Referral Scheme bonus = £500

BAE Systems Land UK

Supporting the Armed Forces with the most advanced combat vehicle and munitions capabilities in the world is one of the most exciting career moves you could make. Join us and be part of a team that gives our customers a strategic edge on the battlefield by designing, manufacturing and maintaining some of their most vital equipment. With major facilities in Cheshire, Monmouthshire, Shropshire and Tyne and Wear our Land UK business employs over 1500 people and has a desire to grow the business, both in the UK and internationally.

We are looking for people with the passion, drive and technical skills to give the best they can every day, to make sure our troops receive only the best. In return, we offer you a role you can be proud of, that lets you grow and develop in the UK's leading defence, aerospace and security company.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

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