Graduate Trainee - Innovation

R.C. Treatt & Co. Ltd Northern Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 6NL

Full Time | Posted 18 weeks ago


Job title: Graduate Trainee - Innovation
Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Hours: Full-Time (40 hours per week)

The Opportunity

This exciting opportunity will give the Trainee an in-depth overview of working in the UK Technical Innovation department. It is also an opportunity for you to work alongside experienced professionals in a range of areas including Operations and Commercial and see how their role impacts, and is impacted by, the work that you will be undertaking in Innovation.

The rotational programme includes:

An in-depth introduction programme with opportunities to work in Technical Validation, Production and Distillation.

Specialised rotations throughout the whole of Innovation including new product development, new process development and analytical innovation.

You will also spend the year compiling a comprehensive report and presentation which will encompass what you have learnt from the whole year, this will be presented to the Leadership Team at the end of your tenure.

Core tasks

• Development, scale up and validation of innovation projects into manufacturing and production and accurate transfer into quality systems.
• Investigation and implementation of technologies with a view to developing new, innovative product lines or more efficient processes
• Continuous evaluation of relevant literature and communication of learnings from research and training to colleagues
• Suggesting new avenues of research with a view to commercialisation
• Blending laboratory scale prototype samples of essential oil and chemical blends for customer driven projects, conducting instrumental analysis and interpretation of results for prototype blends
• Maintaining accurate and up to date electronic records in various platforms.


Most of your learning will be on the job. But in addition to all the support, encouragement and guidance you receive from your mentor and rotational line managers, there will be some technical training involved.

What it’s like to work here

We’ve been making the world taste better since 1886 and sell over 3000 products in more than 90 countries, but we’re only just getting started. We’re on an exciting journey and have ambitious plans to become the indispensable partner of choice for the world’s leading flavour and fragrance houses, beverage and consumer brands.

On joining Treatt, you’ll become one of over 300 international experts, working together to collectively surprise and delight our customers. Nothing is more important to us than the happiness of our people as without them, we’d never succeed.

We overcome challenges, always looking for the better way, working together as one big team.

We think Treatt is a great place to work, but don’t just take our word for it:

“Everyone wants your feedback and opinion; it feels like a place of study where nurturing and encouragement are the standard. It is very clear the hard work that goes into providing excellence for customers, but it is also very apparent that managers have the same goals for helping us all to progress.” – Anita Cooper, Analytical Chemist

“Treatt is in that perfect sweet spot of being small enough to have a friendly and supportive community but also has the resources to have big ideas which really push the boat out in terms of creativity. There is real support for you as a person here and that’s what makes it such a great place to work. The fragrance and flavour industry and Treatt as a whole is magical!” – Barney Wells, QC Laboratory Assistant

What we're looking for

Applicants must have an undergraduate honours degree or an integrated master’s degree in a pure or applied science subject. Candidates with A-levels accompanied by experience in a scientific field will also be considered.

We are looking for someone who wants to work in an environment that celebrates progress, teamwork and dedication.

We want you to love your work and bring that energy to the job every day, no matter what the task. You’ll be someone who keeps up to date with the latest technologies and research and is always willing to share their knowledge with colleagues.

You should be personable, friendly and supportive, acknowledging that you’ll get to work with colleagues from all seniority levels across all departments on a daily basis and may have contact with customers

What we’ll do for you

We have a pretty impressive benefits package that’s designed to look after you and your career during your time with us. With everything from discretionary annual bonus; BUPA; pension scheme with 9% employer contribution; life assurance, group income protection, eye sight testing, free shares, as well as our mandatory training we also offer courses around personal development and wellbeing, we've got you covered.

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