Our goals - Your path

This is an exciting opportunity to join our product development team.  Working both as part of a team and individually, the Laboratory Technician undertakes effective, pertinent product development to maintain or improve performance while focusing on sustainability, and safe handling for the end user. All development work is conducted in line with ISO9001, ISO14001 and internal processes to ensure customer and compliance requirements are met.

Sitting within the Sika UK R&D function, the Sika Redditch development team contributes to maintaining and improving the performance of Sika Ucrete flooring systems. Our aim is to contribute towards maintaining our position as global market leader with special emphasis on product sustainability.

Sika Ucrete:    Market leading, high performance, industrial resin flooring systems based on hybrid polyurethane/ polyurea technology.

In the UK, Sika has offices in Welwyn Garden City, Preston, Leeds, Wishaw, and Redditch.

The Opportunity:  

  • Working both individually and as part of the development team, you will undertake product development projects in line with the company’s global marketing strategy, keeping to agreed timescales, reporting findings, and actively contributing to discussions during project reviews.
  • You will assist in the transfer of new products from development to production, actively taking part in application and production trials of new and / or modified formulations.
  • Other, occasional requirements such as complaint and /or technical service investigations and providing cover in the QC laboratory when needed.

The ultimate aim is to improve the performance and sustainability of Sika, its products, its services, and the outcomes it creates, not only at Redditch but across the whole global business.

The Rewards:

You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, and a sweep of great benefits. We pride ourselves on our total reward package:

  • Holiday 25 days rising to 28 days with service, plus bank holidays.
  • 39 hours a week (Mon – Thu 08:00- 17:00, Friday 8:00 – 13:00)
  • A company pension contribution of up to 10%
  • Private healthcare for you, with option to add family.
  • Group life cover at 6x your annual salary
  • Global Income Protection (PHI)
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Staff discount platform & Cycle to Work scheme.
  • Dedicated Service Awards for reaching key milestones.
  • Selected discounted Sika products.

The Support:

You will have the opportunity to work alongside the existing team at Redditch as well as the wider R&D team across the UK.  This is a diverse group with a range of experience and a commitment to improving product performance. Our people and teams are our most important asset – we will continue to ensure that the contribution of every individual is made to count and valued accordingly.

You will be provided with an induction plan, receiving one-to-one training initially and then be given the opportunity to increase autonomy in line with self-development.  We are committed to professional and personal development.

The Skills:

We are looking for a pro-active individual, ideally from a laboratory/operations background: A fast learner with a keen eye for detail, able to work in a systematic and methodical manner.

A significant commitment to professional and personal development from day one, including a comprehensive local, product knowledge and leadership development initiatives complimented by a global Sika Business School offering.

The Future: 

Potential Career Routes: This position will allow the successful candidate to progress into a variety of roles across numerous business areas within a global company.

Your expertise - Our strength

  • Experience of working in a laboratory/operations environment (essential)
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritise work under pressure and be able to work unsupervised (essential)
  • Experience formulating multicomponent resin-based systems such as flooring, coatings, adhesives and / or repair compounds (desirable)
  • Experience of using MS Office (essential)
  • Good interpersonal skills

About Sika

Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for waterproofing, bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting in the building sector and motor vehicle industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 101 countries around the world and manufactures in over 300 factories. Its more than 27,000 employees generated annual sales of CHF 11.2 billion in 2023.