Senior Leather Technologist (Raw to Crust)

Job Posted: 29th November 2021

Job Title:         Senior Leather Technologist, Scottish Leather Group

Reports to:      Process Development Manager, Scottish Leather Group

Location:         Bridge of Weir, Scotland


Role Purpose

Being part of the Technical team, as a Senior Leather Technologist for wet processes, you will play a key role in the development of new products/processes and chemistry for strategic targets, meeting time and price expectations and exceeding customer expectations.  You will display safety first, “best-in-class” technical expertise, engaging with cross-functional teams, helping with an environment that supports the exploration of continuous improvement that ensures we meet our manufacturing and sustainability ambitions.  

Key Accountabilities

  • Ensure that you operate in accordance with all health, safety, and environmental policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and visitors
  • Ensure new processes meet all our statutory requirements, while leading to a more sustainable operation, and can be successfully implemented into full-scale production
  • Supporting operations and quality in the roll out of new processes
  • Deliver all projects in agreed timescales to the correct standard and within timescales
  • With guidance of the process development manager, and following company strategic targets, develop processes that meet the customers’ requirements and can be transferable into the operations environment
  • Coupled with the control, implement, and improvement team, seek opportunities through clearly outlined projects to improve production capabilities which drive down cost of production and lead to a more sustainable operation i.e. chemical use, process time reduction etc
  • When appropriate, partner with the innovation and operations/implementation teams on new products/processes, ensuring knowledge and process transfer is achieved during product development handover and launch
  • Support and provide technical and leather knowledge to support various areas within the company as and when required
  • Anticipate, identify and resolve technical issues that pose a risk to safety, quality, performance or profit
  • Support the Process Development and Technical Product Development Managers, Sales and Account Management Teams with customer interactions during sales cycles and product issues
  • Be part of the strategic plan process and deliver on the longer-term process development goals
  • Complete all required reporting within an established timeframe, present information in a concise manner
  • Flexibility to travel in the UK and abroad between manufacturing, customer, and supplier sites when required

Experience Desired

  • BSc in leather technology, or associated leather qualification
  • Desired minimum of 5 years experience working within product development and or other related technical disciplines
  • Excellent all-round technical knowledge, however, key skill requirements in wet end, equipment, and process requirements
  • Ability to formulate wet end recipes
  • Good communicator at all levels, both written and verbal
  • Has ability to build strong relationships with suppliers
  • Knowledge of health, safety, and environmental requirements
  • Understands company strategy regarding targets and expectations
  • Demonstrable influencing skills at peer level resulting in excellent cross-functional working practices
  • Program and project management skills

Key Competencies Required

Develop Yourself

  • Invests in Personal Development
  • Is self-aware and authentic
  • Is open to feedback

Drives for Results

  • Delivers against targets in a way that is fast, agile, and in line with our company values


  • Clear, concise, consistent, and relevant for individual situations and understands, manages, and clarifies expectations

Technically Aware

  • Is aware of the latest technologies available to the industry and how these, if relevant, could be implemented to the benefit of the company

Commercial Awareness

  • Understanding what makes our business successful and being conscious of internal and external developments

Attention to Detail

  • Your work is complete and accurate


  • Recognises where problems may arise and suggests preventative measures


  • Actively develop and maintain beneficial relationships and contribute towards a common goal

Being organised

  • Achieve results by prioritising workload, effective time management and showing efficiency with resources available and monitoring progress

Key Relationships

  • Process Development Manager
  • Innovation Manager
  • Product Development Manager
  • Operations team
  • Quality team

How to Apply

To apply please send your cover letter and CV to

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