Senior Metallurgist

Senior Metallurgist

  • Location

    Redditch, Worcestershire

  • Sector:

    Engineering and Manufacturing

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  • Salary:

    £40000.00 - £45000 per annum

  • Contact:

    Tim Cross

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  • Published:

    2 months ago

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We currently have an opportunity for a Senior Metallurgist or Materials Engineer to join a leading Aerospace and Defence forge, heat treater and machinist. This leadership role is within an ISO 17025 and Nadcap accredited laboratory team.


Main responsibilities:

  • Manage areas of the laboratory team of circa 20 heads and operating budget
  • Update and control of the Laboratory Manual and Laboratory Instructions aligned to respective areas of delegated responsibility.
  • Promote improvements to existing Laboratory processes and facilities.
  • To uphold the responsibilities of and ensure conformance by all Metallurgists and Technicians to all specifications, manuals, procedures, and instructions related to the Laboratory function.
  • Control of test non-conformances and carrying out investigations into test failures.
  • Co-ordinate with other departments to ensure that the best quality of service is maintained to our customers and the rest of our business
  • Provide technical input to forging design and heat treatment of New and Repeat Product Introductions.
  • Present technical information to senior technical and senior executive colleagues
  • To act as a source of advice and training for technicians, junior members of the laboratory and engineering in order to grow and develop technical talents.
  • Liaison with our customers on technical and production matters.
  • Assist with specification review and implementation in the laboratory and the wider business.
  • Support laboratory and site audit schedule.
  • Creation of heat treatment data cards and loading plans.
  • Participate and progress personal objectives to aid continuous improvement throughout the business.
  • Ensure personnel continue to meet the company's health and safety and environmental requirements.

Required qualifications, experience, and skills:

  • Degree in materials science or metallurgy
  • Knowledge of steel, titanium and/or aluminium alloy forging/heat treatment
  • Good general IT skills and working knowledge of Word, Excel & Outlook
  • Health and Safety awareness in a manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of aerospace quality requirements
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills



  • Drive improvement in RFT in laboratory
  • Improve forging and heat treatment RFT through materials knowledge input
  • Testing and calibrations carried out in accordance with manuals, instructions and procedures with results reported as required.
  • Maintain ISO/IEC 17025 and Nadcap MTL accreditation.
  • Manage the periodic over check of operators to confirm compliance with Laboratory procedures
  • To approve Laboratory and Quality Instructions and procedures associated with technical and metallurgical control of the company's activities.
  • To initiate actions to prevent or minimise departures from the requirements of internal and external quality systems and testing procedures.
  • To issue a stop work instruction to suspend production and testing in the event that requirements of internal or external quality systems or procedures are not being met.
  • Lead material and testing related development programmes.


- Measure and reduce test turn round time.

  • Co-ordinating with manufacturing areas when carrying out any process related investigation
  • Co-ordinating with internal and outside parties with regard to metallurgical development activities of the company
  • To approve and sign reports which are required by our company approvals
  • Manage and prioritise platform production release testing in conjunction with test and release team
  • Manage the Metallurgical First Article Inspection and Periodic testing and report process


  • Achieve budget
  • Exploit opportunities to reduce external testing costs through cost competitiveness internal process


  • Manage Laboratory team engagement in Nadcap special process audit and compliance activity
  • Maintenance of Operator Skill Matrix for Laboratory function.
  • Ensure Personnel are trained to and are capable of carrying out tasks stated in their job description and associated skills matrix
  • Performance management
  • Develop skill base and flexibility of Laboratory personnel
  • KPI's / PI's to be maintained in line with accountabilities agreed at annual Performance and Development Review.


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