QA Chemist

Business Unit:  MAES
Division:  SAS Quality

Business Overview

Through the innovation of specialty chemicals and materials under our Alpha, Compugraphics, Electrolube, Kester, and MacDermid Enthone brands, MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions provides solutions that power electronics interconnection. We serve all global regions and every step of device manufacturing within each segment of the electronics supply chain. The experts in our Semiconductor Solutions, Circuitry Solutions, and Assembly Solutions divisions collaborate in design, implementation, and technical service to ensure success for our partner clients. Our solutions enable our customers’ manufacture of extraordinary electronic devices at high productivity and reduced cycle time. MacDermid Alpha is a business unit of Element Solutions Inc (NYSE: ESI). Element Solutions Inc is a leading specialty chemicals company whose businesses supply a broad range of solutions that enhance the products people use every day. 

As a global supplier to the semiconductor industry, we provide advanced copper interconnects, die attachment, wafer bump processes, solder technologies, fluxes, cleaners, and other attachment materials for the integrated circuit fabrication, semiconductor packaging, and electronic assembly industries. Our products touch nearly every facet of modern life and enable smart devices, phones, computers, electric vehicles, and more to function properly. SAS consists of three distinct business units (Circuit Board Assembly, Semiconductor Assembly, and Wafer Level Packaging) which are positioned to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs. We operate globally, employ over 2,500 employees, and represent a $1.2BN (and growing) business. 

Job Purpose

Join the QA team at the Ashby site in this nearly created role of QA Chemist.  You will carry out a range of laboratory-based projects to troubleshoot issues with production batches and continuously improve performance, ensuring repeatability, product quality and improved production efficiency, all driven from within the QA team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist the QA team in the day-to-day running of the laboratory and offer cover in the absence of the QA Technicians.
  • Investigate failed batches through diligent laboratory work and working with related stakeholders.
  • Monitor current and historical batch production and raw material QA results to be aware, investigate and take appropriate action to improve trends.
  • Continually maintain and champion good housekeeping standards, including waste disposal.
  • Conduct routine testing of balances, scales and ovens and update relevant quality databases, helping to support the internal calibration and MSA programs, where appropriate.
  • Proactively analyse raw materials approaching the end of their shelf life, to either revalidate or advise procurement.
  • Work in accordance with the Company’s Health and Safety policy and complete training when required.
  • Work in accordance with the Company’s quality system and update computer data as applicable.

Requirements & Qualifications

  • Previous laboratory experience.
  • A Level minimum in Chemistry is desirable. However, laboratory based experience is more important and a practical science-based background.

The role involves manual handling, and working in a laboratory environment and the wearing of PPE.


  • IT literate and competent with Microsoft office or similar programs.
  • Practical approach to work with the ability to set priorities and solve problems.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Highly organised and methodical
  • Ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Ability to record, manipulate and analyse data with a view to generating detailed reports
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team with a sense of urgency

EEO Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. #LI-IF1