Senior Engineer — Battery Materials

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Sedgefield, England
£45,000 - £53,000 per annum
Full-time - Permanent
Science and Engineering
30 Sep 2021 - 00:00
Funded by
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About CPI

At CPI we work with our partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and well-being, protect and improve our environment and increase productivity across industries.

With a deep understanding of innovation processes and funding, outstanding technical expertise and industry relevant assets, we enable products and processes to be quickly and cost-effectively brought to market. This supports the development of next-generation manufacturing, highly-skilled jobs and economic growth for the UK.

Our partners operate across many diverse markets including pharmaceuticals, speciality chemicals, food and drink, electronics and transportation.

Why this role is important for CPI’s work

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Process Engineer to join the Formulation business unit at CPI and contribute to our rapidly growing battery materials capability. The successful candidate will be instrumental in delivering a range of innovation projects for customers, particularly in the area of battery materials, technology and processing. 

You will join a fast-paced, dynamic innovation environment, and work with colleagues to solve technical challenges for a range of clients. You will have excellent technical problem-solving skills, while being a strong communicator able to convey complex technical concepts effectively to customers and senior managers.

We are looking for someone who possesses the experience and technical expertise in unit operations typically associated with battery manufacture such as dry powder handling and mixing, slurry handling and mixing, substrate coating and drying. This experience will be gained ideally from working directly in or closely with a battery manufacturing environment in a process engineering or process development role. The person will also have a strong track record of technical problem solving and possess excellent communication and collaboration skills as the role will involve working with a broad range of internal and external partners.

The Senior Engineer – Battery Materials will act as a credible technical expert for the organisation, drawing upon a broad range of technical know-how to provide technical expertise and advice to a range of stakeholders, to inform technical strategy and direction. Will be a recognised industry expert in Process Engineering, as well as having broader technical knowledge and capability, and the ability to apply in a variety of contexts.

We are looking for an individual who possess significant, technical expertise in Process Engineering, as well as compelling evidence of complex technical problem-solving. Who will be responsible for providing high-level technical expertise and leadership in order to deliver large scale/​complex projects and develop business-unit level knowledge and practice.


To maintain consistent and documented compliance with all relevant Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE), quality and best practice requirements. 

To identify new technical developments and trends, translate these into building blocks for opportunities across and outside of CPI and initiate the creation of (new) technological innovations/​applications.

To utilise own expert knowledge to inform the technology strategy at the business unit level, translating this into practice through the creation of deliverable plans to achieve business unit objectives.

To build, influence and exploit a network of relevant (inter)national external stakeholders, customers, partners, research organisations and authorities, to represent CPI as the technical expert in networks and discuss and lobby for projects and future developments.

To actively contribute to a culture of continuous capability development within teams, in alignment with company strategy and project deliverables. This will be achieved by coaching and developing colleagues, (both technically and behaviorally) to help them reach their potential and acting as a mentor to senior colleagues across the organisation, providing a strategic perspective. 

To keep self up to date with developments in technological innovations/​applications and/​or legislative and SHE related changes, ensuring implementation and application of new best practice and/​or knowledge. 

To work collaboratively with Business Development and technical colleagues, providing support relating to proposal/​project development and direct customer engagement. Seek out and engage in business development opportunities where appropriate. 

To act as a credible partner to Bid Development teams, actively involved in defining and advising on the technical elements of a bid, in order to develop a programme of works.

To formulate and present solutions to a range of stakeholders, using deep technical knowledge to provide up to date views, opinions and advice to managers, and is regularly sought out to do so. 

To actively engage in hazard studies / SRA studies and discussions, as appropriate to role level. 

To set up, plan and execute experimental / pilot scale runs and analyse, interpret and report the results of these, translating obtained findings and knowledge.

To be responsible for providing clearly documented records of technical data, decisions, methodologies, calculations and software used in an agreed format.

The person we are seeking

Educated to Degree or Masters Degree level (or equivalent) in a Scientific/​Engineering discipline plus significant and in-depth industrial experience at a senior level 

Professional mastery of fundamental process engineering principles and of good process engineering working practices gained through a career in process engineering, which can be transferred into new and potentially novel process situations.

Demonstrate evidence of building cross-industry and organisational knowledge sharing and network building. Can provide examples of actively building cross-organisation collaboration to achieve desired results. 

Can take responsibility for diverse and/​or complex and/​or novel technical activities where it is necessary to use own initiative and judgement, implementing innovative solutions in business-critical situations. 

What does CPI offer you?

At CPI, we offer a wide range of benefits to our employees, this includes:

  • Up to 33 days holiday, including bank holidays – Plus a holiday purchasing scheme
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Life assurance and accident insurance schemes
  • Flexible working
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Free parking

Find out more about our culture and benefits.

Additional information

This role is partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.

CPI is an organisation based in the UK. Commencement of employment is conditional to demonstrating right to work in the UK, sponsorship may be available.

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