Vanessa W is an Applications Manager in a Johnson Matthey factory manufacturing diesel catalysts. She had fantastic maths and science teachers at school and was inspired by them to head into a career in chemical engineering. That's how she came to Johnson Matthey, but after a few years she discovered that her real vocation was management. She now has 170 people reporting to her and hopes to move on to even more responsible jobs in the future. "I don't have a specific plan, but Johnson Matthey's an international company, so hopefully I'll be able to use my skills elsewhere, and see some different countries."
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Chemical scientists analyse and research physical aspects of chemical structure and change within substances and develop chemical techniques used in the manufacture or modification of natural substances and processed products.
Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.
- Develops experimental procedures, instruments and recording and testing systems
- Conducts experiments to identify chemical composition, energy and chemical changes in natural substances and processed materials
- Analyses results and experimental data
- Tests techniques and processes for reliability under a variety of conditions
- Develops procedures for quality control of manufactured products.
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