Materials Graduate

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Ready to kickstart a career in Materials with a leading manufacturer? Join Forterra on a 24-month Materials Graduate programme and you’ll gain management responsibility, brand new skills, and the exposure you need to make it big. You’ll develop a solid understanding of our products, customers, and processes, all while earning £30,988!

About the opportunity

Over the course of the programme, you will develop a detailed understanding of materials development throughout Forterra. Learn all about how we enable the continuity of existing products as well as the processes in introducing new ones. You’ll gain experience in a breadth of teams across Forterra to understand each material and process and learn all about our competitor landscape, keeping on top of product and market development in material matters. Responsibilities you could own include:

  • Supporting and directing the Materials Development Team and wider development groups
  • Introducing new products to solve different customer problems
  • Driving improvement through lab and site activities in line with business plans and objectives.

By the end of your structured training period, where you will be mentored throughout, you should be ready to take on a permanent role within our Materials Development function!

About you

We’re looking for highly motivated teammates with a 2:1 (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Civil Engineering or Geoscience subject areas. You’ll need to be capable of working on your own initiative as well as prioritising your workload. A problem-solving mentality is preferable, with the ability to deal with new challenges. You will need a full driving licence, as well as the ability to travel to sites across the UK. Other qualities we’d like to see include:

  • Excellent communication and relationship skills
  • Tenacious and resilient
  • IT knowledge

About the rewards

On the Materials Graduate training programme, you’ll receive a salary of £30,988 with annual salary reviews and company bonuses. You’ll also be able to make use of a wide variety of benefits, including:

  • Life assurance
  • Company mobile phone, laptop and car
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Possibility to house share with other graduates

About us

Forterra is a leading UK manufacturer of clay and concrete building products. Across our 17 manufacturing sites, our 1,800 employees create the bricks, blocks, precast concrete, paving, and many other vital products that keep Britain building.

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Wherever you are in Britain, you won’t be far from a building with a Forterra brick, block or bespoke clay or concrete product somewhere in its fabric.

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