Process Improvement Engineer - Graduate scheme

10 Oct 2018
07 Nov 2018
Start Date
Placement summary
Shin-Etsu Handotai Europe Ltd has a very appealing opportunity for a graduate to join our Process Engineering team, with the aim of providing productivity improvements to this vital area of our business. This 12 month placement, based in Livingston, West Lothian has strong potential to transition to a permanent role.

Job description

Project Description

Our silicon wafer manufacturing business, which supplies key materials to the global semiconductor industry, is looking to hire a talented graduate to work on a vital business improvement project.

Specifically, you will use your skills, knowledge and creativity to play a pivotal role within the Process Engineering team with the focus being on identifying and implementing productivity improvements, manufacturing cost reductions and process risk elimination.

Placement Objectives

You will provide our business with graduate skills to help deliver improvements and efficiencies to a core part of our business.

Role Description

Process/Systems Improvement:
  • Collect, analyse and interpret performance data to inform improvement and/or development plans
  • Interrogate the processes via experimental design to confirm direction of improvement and/or development
  • Co-ordinate process change in line with plant quality systems
  • Build and maintain up to date technical knowledge of the relevant industry direction

New process/system design and implementation:

  • Identify, propose and implement process, system and/or equipment designs to improve the relevant operations in respect of Quality, Cost, Productivity and Safety
  • Conduct market research to gain insight and assist with the design of future products

Education and Training:

  • Identify training needs and look at opportunities for employee development in conjunction with CPD requirements


  • Prepare written technical reports in line with departmental quality system needs
  • Make technical improvement presentations to relevant groups

A degree in engineering/manufacturing related discipline would be ideal for this placement.

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills
  • Appreciation and basic knowledge of Process Induction, Cleanroom Protocol and process Plant equipment
  • Outstanding IT skills, covering all MS packages
  • Well established analytical skills
  • First class communication skills
  • Project management experience
  • Great communicator across all levels of organisation
  • Highly motivated
  • Results orientated
  • Logical thinker and effective problem solver

Desirable Skills
  • Risk assessment experience/knowledge


Company benefits

Y ou will become a key part of the Process Engineering team very quickly and will benefit from an enviable learning experience in a high volume, high tech manufacturing facility.

We will support you to gain further relevant training as required and agreed with your manager

The working pattern will be on a Monday to Friday basis and flexi-time is available. There is ample on site parking a subsidised canteen, and free of charge gym facilities.

Placement benefits

As part of your ScotGrad placement, you will be able to participate in two courses, one online and the other is classroom based. The courses are themed around digital marketing and sales and will provide you with knowledge and skills which will enhance your current and future employability prospects.

ScotGrad placements also offer a unique opportunity to connect with a vast network of graduates and ScotGrad alumni. All graduates appointed through the programme are encouraged to make use of the ScotGrad LinkedIn group to communicate with other ScotGrad participants, learn about any professional development opportunities and build up a professional network.

Additional information

Location: Livingston, West Lothian

Planned interview date: TBC
  • This placement may result in a permanent employment afterwards

Preferred start date: December 2018/January 2019

Company information
Shin-Etsu Handotai Europe Ltd has been based in Livingston, West Lothian for over 30 years. The plant in Livingston has over 450 employees, operates on 24/7 basis, and is the sole Shin-Etsu European manufacturing site for semiconductor silicon.

Semiconductors are one of the main enablers of the technology and electronics value chain. The site operates in co-operation with other global silicon manufacturing sites in Japan, USA, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Shin-Etsu Chemical Ltd of Japan are the ultimate parent Company, and are one of the largest and most successful chemical companies in the world, with global number one market share for various materials and more than 19,000 employees.

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