R&D Chemist Apprentice

Apply now »

Date: 23-Sep-2022

Location: Gateshead, GB

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.



Development Chemist Apprenticeship
£21,000 - £22,500 per annum depending on experience & benefits
Felling, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear


Funded degree via Bradford University


Development Chemist Apprentice – Introduction 
If you have a qualification in Chemistry, such as an A level or HNC, this is an incredible opportunity to launch your career in a business that is a world expert in making coatings. Operating in over 150 countries, AkzoNobel is home to well-known brands, such as the UK’s favourite Dulux paint, and has been awarded Top Employer status in the UK & Europe. We are now recruiting a Development Chemist Apprentice to join our European Solutions team based in our Marine, Protective and Yacht Business Unit and provide R&D technical support to the business. 


You will also complete a part-time BSc hons in Chemistry at Bradford University. To support your learning, you will receive day release and tuition fees will be paid by the business too.


Development Chemist Apprentice – The Role
•    Support activities on a range of projects
•    Assist in bringing new coatings products to manufacture for the first time 
•    Test existing products and coating systems to solve quality or production problems 
•    Contribute to development projects 
•    Help to develop our fundamental understanding of new coating technologies
•    Plan & execute experiments to agreed timescales as well as interpret and report results
•    Ensure materials are stocked & your projects completed to deadline
•    Work safely & in-line with company & legal regulations


Development Chemist Apprentice – About You
•    Committed to completing a BSc in Chemistry
•    Has the required entry level qualifications (A Level or HNC in Chemistry
•    Comfortable multitasking
•    Good at following set processes & operating safely
•    Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
•    Enjoys a collaborative working environment where supporting colleagues is key
•    Curiosity to question & a willingness to learn
•    Experience of working in a laboratory would be an advantage


Development Chemist Apprentice – What Is In It For You 
We offer great personal development opportunities and roles with breadth, depth of scope and impact. We also offer comprehensive packages including:
•    Competitive Salary (depending on experience)
•    25 days holiday excluding bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Staff discount at Dulux Decorator Centre stores
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    Employee Life Assurance
•    Company pension
•    product discounts 
•    Flexible benefits scheme offering benefits including childcare vouchers, Gymflex, retail card, dental cover and more!


Development Chemist Apprentice – How to Apply 
Apply online via the link below and we will get back to you. 

We have been inventing the future for more than two centuries and need people like you to be part of the team.  

We are advocates of a healthy work life balance and mental wellbeing. We are happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles.





Accepting Direction
Accepting Responsibility
Acquiring Information


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 25285