Sappi Careers Umkomaas – Scientist

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Job Description:

Sappi Saiccor Mill requires a Scientist II – COE to conduct independent research and development activities by making use of basic research methodologies, data analysis and documenting outcomes in appropriate reports and presentations. Research scientist are expected to spend most of their time managing projects

Job Responsibilities:

  • Identify new analytical methods/equipment/consumables that could improve existing laboratory operations and/or are required for new/novel projects.
  • Monitor project progress and review results as required to deliver the project.
  • Support the laboratory teams (Technologists and Analysts) to understand the equipment parameters and correct usage.
  • Commission and/or supervise commissioning of new equipment and methods based on the equipment manufacturer’s standards.
  • Develop detailed project plans and timelines. Describe milestones, deliverables and allocate to laboratory teams. Demonstrate procedures if needed.
  • Perform mill trials, customer trials, customer complaints investigations, trouble shooting at mills, process and product improvement projects at mills or customer plants.
  • Analyse results of experiments using statistical methods, scientific literature or theories and explain the test results. Recommend additional or alternative testing if the outcomes of initial experiments need to be improved or validated. The Senior Research Scientist approves scope changes and/or additional testing.
  • Review the quality of work performed by Technologists and Analysts in the laboratory and coach the lab teams on how to improve their work quality.
  • Identify appropriate experimental methods and perform the laboratory work for novel projects as designed and developed by the Senior Research Scientist.
  • Coordinate and assist with collection of trial and process investigation samples and data, identify appropriate experimental methods and perform the laboratory work for novel analytical techniques as designed and developed by the supervisor. Conduct data collection and consolidation of trial data
  • Maintain and manage accurate records and databases of project data and identify and interpret trends across projects where applicable.
  • Ensure that experiments are designed in a cost-effective manner with the least amount of waste.
  • Troubleshoot anomalous results and quality deviations and execute or direct implementation of corrective actions.

Qualification & Experience:

  • Laboratory/Research Project management experience
  • In compliance with the Department of Employment and Labour’s directive of 11 June 2021, Sappi’s risk assessment has identified this role as requiring mandatory Covid-19 vaccination as an inherent requirement of the job.
  • B Sc Hon degree would be advantageous.
  • B Tech/BSc in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or Pulp and Paper these fields with 3 years relevant experience.

Job Details:

Company: Sappi

Vacancy Type:  Full Time

Job Location: Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal, SA

Application Deadline: N/A

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