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bio-bean is an award-winning business, the first company in the world to recycle waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels. bio-bean is a fast-paced, dynamic organisation based in three locations, a London HQ and laboratory, and a coffee recycling factory based at Alconbury Weald, Cambridgeshire.  Please see below for all current job vacancies.

Role: Alconbury Site Manager
Location: Alconbury Weald, Cambridgeshire

Working: Full time

About bio-bean

bio-bean is an award-winning clean technology company that has industrialised the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels. We work within existing waste management infrastructure to collect waste coffee grounds from cafes, restaurants, offices, transport hubs and instant coffee factories which are recycled into highly calorific advanced biofuels – biomass pellets and briquettes for heating buildings and, in the near future biochemicals for various bespoke applications.

We’re looking for grafters and self-starters to join the team, who can keep up with the pace and want to make a difference. We’re a small company and work in relatively small teams, so there’s no room for coasting along. We’re friendly, happy, and most importantly, we work hard. We’re not afraid to get our hands dirty and we’re all madly passionate about what bio-bean is trying to achieve.

 

bio-bean’s head office is located in London and the factory in Cambridgeshire. Find out more at www.bio-bean.com

The Role

The Alconbury Site Manager will be based at our Alconbury Office and Factory, but it wouldn’t be unusual for you to travel to suppliers/contractors offices and move across all our locations. We have just over 30 bio-bean colleagues across our Welwyn Laboratory, Central London and Alconbury offices and we’re looking for someone who will support our ambition to deliver excellence in terms of high performance, great teamworking and innovation from our factory investments and continuing operations.

Things you’ll be working on

 Delivering lean principles with continuous improvement focus on manufacturing performance at the UK factory:

  • Lead the implementation of the bio-bean manufacturing strategy and Annual Operating Plan
  • Work in partnership with the Principal Engineer to develop and regularly review the capacity plan, and assist with proposing activities to address any shortfalls
  • Identify, action, and drive opportunities for development to deliver continuous improvement within the engineering and manufacturing teams
  • Drive operational excellence and efficiencies with a focus on delivering quality products at the lowest possible cost
  • Full operational responsibility for the manufacturing and raw material supply chain (excluding feedstock), including production planning, purchasing, quality, and stock management
  • Responsible for communication/coordination of change management procedures at the factory
  • Work in partnership with the Principal Engineer to improve key business results, develop engineering skills within the factory, and promote a professional manufacturing team culture

Delivering excellence in operational standards for safety, quality and environment:

  • Ensure that bio-bean’s safety, environment, quality and delivery commitments are achieved
  • Drive adherence within the manufacturing teams to bio-bean’s company policies and procedures, and statutory regulations for health, safety and environment
  • Create and maintain safe systems of work and drive improvement in safe ways of working and the safety performance culture of the manufacturing team
  • Lead and manage the fulfilment of the site’s Safety, Health and Environment obligations. Actively promote health and safety awareness to all employees, contractors and visitors.

Bringing our values to life and making bio-bean a great place to work:

  • Lead, manage and develop the manufacturing team, ensuring they have the resources, skills, and support required to deliver the team objectives
  • Drive a culture of strong performance management to ensure that employees realise their own potential and achieve their business objectives
  • Lead and manage site facility management, including the office building; ensuring, as business grows, a good standard of accommodation and welfare across site facilities
  • Transfer excellence from the UK factory operation to new bio-bean factory sites and deliver a new standard of excellence to all bio-bean operations
  • Work with new team members building the bio-bean philosophy and culture
  • Drive high standards of operational teamworking and create a flexible low-cost solution to match ever changing demand-side and supply-side constraints

 

Whilst the above is a guide to general expectation of the role, we expect this position to evolve allowing you greater scope to gain both knowledge and experience within the wider bio-bean leadership group.

We need skills and experience…

  • A degree or time served apprenticeship in an engineering discipline
  • Previous experience of at least 10 years in a relevant industrial background
  • Highly developed interpersonal, communication and authentic leadership skills with excellent commercial awareness
  • Technical background in manufacturing operations and supply chain
  • Proven track record of delivering results and improved performance activity through employee engagement and organisational development
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately with colleagues at all levels
  • Ability to track and manage opex and capex project budgets
  • Experience of negotiating contracts and service level agreements
  • Good working knowledge of current UK Health and Safety regulations (including CDM)
  • Flexibility for national and international travel with a full UK driving licence
  • Good understanding of ISO 9001, 14001, and 18001
  • Good understanding of 5S and Lean processes

And you are…

  • Keen to have real ownership, and someone who exceeds expectations on a regular basis
  • An excellent people manager, capable of managing change effectively
  • Someone with a clear, consistent focus on improving ways of working
  • Highly professional and approachable always
  • Resourceful and proactive with a positive approach when issues arise
  • Always looking for ways to improve how things are done
  • Someone with excellent organisational skills for yourself and those around you
  • Able to prioritise tasks effectively and have slick time management skills

Role: Principal Product Development Scientist
Location: bio-bean Alconbury site, Cambridgeshire and BioPark, Welwyn Garden City
Salary: Competitive

About bio-bean Ltd:
bio-bean® is an award-winning clean technology company that has industrialised the process of recycling
waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels. We are a small, dynamic business with offices in London
and a factory in Cambridgeshire. We are passionate about our vision, values and people; we aim to be
sustainable in everything we do whilst giving our people the space to grow and develop in a fast-moving
and high-growth environment.

The Profile:

We’re looking for hard working self-starters to join the team, who can keep up with the pace and want to make a difference. We still work in relatively small teams, so there’s no room for coasting along. We’re friendly, happy, and most importantly, we work hard. We’re not afraid to get our hands dirty and we’re all hugely passionate about what bio-bean is trying to achieve.

bio-bean’s head office is in London, our scientific laboratory is in the BioPark at Welwyn Garden City moving to our factory in Cambridgeshire possibly in the next 12 months. Find out more at www.bio-bean.com

The Principal Product Development Scientist will initially be based in the laboratory at the BioPark but it wouldn’t be unusual to be travelling across all our locations and to the offices of counterparties bio-bean is looking to do business with. We have just over 30 bio-bean colleagues across our sites/offices and we’re looking for someone who can and will support our ambition to deliver excellence and innovation from our exciting investments and current/future operations.

 

Things you’ll be working on

 Creating new flavour & fragrance and functional oil-based bio-chemical products from waste coffee grounds:

  • Using detailed analytical data and samples lead on the development of multiple high value products/compounds (both flavour & fragrances and functional oils) for commercial use in the food & beverage, healthcare, nutraceutical, cosmetic and other industries
  • Based on customer feedback make improvements to existing products as well as troubleshooting any issues arising from such products
  • Work with potential customers and partners to bring specific and highly demanded products to market
  • Create detailed analysis and reports for use both internally and externally to bio-bean
  • Develop a database of relevant and detailed invention records, prepare invention disclosures describing novel discoveries and provide technical support to patent attorneys for patent development

 

Being innovative and creative with compounds and product blends to deliver commercial value:

  • Proactive laboratory research to develop and create new product opportunities
  • Working closely with your colleagues in the lab and on pilot plants to develop and make specified products/compounds
  • Responsible for development and recording of experimental data to support development of robust formulations
  • Working with process scientists and engineers to identify the best manufacturing processes

 

Working to deadlines with commercial managers and customers to develop products:

  • Produce samples and specifications, CoAs and MSDSs (in accordance with regulatory requirements) for use in commercial discussions and negotiations
  • Supporting market analysis activities led by the commercial team to drive focus in product development
  • Travelling to third party offices to discuss and analyse information and opportunities
  • Communicating with customers to develop product opportunities and specific data requirements
  • Show a high degree of specialist knowledge when working with all other parties

 

Work to rigorous standards to ensure products comply with regulations:

  • As a minimum, our customers will require food grade standard products
  • Responsible for achieving and documenting all required standards
  • Researching and making recommendations on new product potential in light of all relevant standards
  • Managing links with external regulatory bodies to ensure our products reach required standards
  • If necessary registering products in accordance with standard requirements

 

Being a networker and able to present/publish where necessary and relevant:

  • Engaging with your existing professional network to leverage commercial and development opportunities
  • Where necessary or relevant communicate and build great networks, and possibly present data at conferences
  • Work with our ever-increasing network of world class universities to drive new opportunities and understand the very best available techniques for future proofing of the business
  • Build contacts with partners who can provide essential technical and commercial support and possibly opportunities to bring products to market at great speed

 

 Helping bring our values to life and making bio-bean a great place to work:

  • Coordinate a range of multi-disciplinary projects with scientists, engineers and other teams
  • Assist in building the knowledge base for all relevant teams, most especially commercial to build a credible and robust commercial product range
  • In due course, recruit and support Product Development Scientists to build continuous improvement techniques across the research, pilot plant and laboratory facilities
  • Bring excellence in project management with a good deadline driven mentality to relevant projects; delivery right first time, on time and in budget
  • As needed, lead and support supplier tendering and negotiating processes, including managing excellence in negotiations, external meetings and contract documentation
  • Create great communication documents and presentations to enable improved knowledge and update the company, including possibly the Board, with commercial and product opportunities

 

Whilst the above is a guide to general expectation of the role, we expect this position to evolve allowing you greater scope to gain both knowledge and experience within the Product Development role and the wider product development and research arena.

 

The deal breakers

  • Previous experience of at least 7 years in industry bringing new innovative, (bio-)chemical compound products to market within the flavour & fragrance, food & beverage or other relevant industry sector, with experience of formulation equipment and processing
  • A Masters or PhD in Chemistry, food science or a related, relevant discipline
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately with colleagues at all levels
  • Excellence in technical report writing plus the ability to bring both detailed information and technical data to commercial life for a range of different audiences
  • Experience of presenting to large audiences and networking at relevant external events
  • Ability to track and manage an opex and capex budget
  • Experience of developing, coaching and leading other scientists and work colleagues

And you are…

  • Keen to have real ownership
  • Creative and interested in sustainable, novel approaches to existing products in the market
  • Someone who exceeds people’s expectations on a regular basis
  • Highly professional and approachable always
  • Resourceful and proactive with a positive approach when issues arise
  • Always looking for ways to improve how things are done
  • Someone with excellent organisational skills for yourself and those around you
  • Able to prioritise tasks effectively and have slick time management skills
  • Keen to grow experience and expertise in product development and research
  • Experience of negotiating contracts and service level agreements

To apply, please email jobs@bio-bean.com

Role: Senior EC&I Engineer
Location: bio-bean Alconbury site, Cambridgeshire
Salary: Competitive

About bio-bean Ltd:
bio-bean® is an award-winning clean technology company that has industrialised the process of recycling
waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels. We are a small, dynamic business with offices in London
and a factory in Cambridgeshire. We are passionate about our vision, values and people; we aim to be
sustainable in everything we do whilst giving our people the space to grow and develop in a fast-moving
and high-growth environment.

The Profile:

The Senior EC&I Engineer will be based at our Factory at Alconbury but it wouldn’t be unusual for you to travel to suppliers/contractors offices and move across all our locations. We have just over 30 bio-bean colleagues across our London and Alconbury offices and we’re looking for someone who will support our ambition to deliver excellence and innovation from our factory investments and continuing operations.

 

Things you’ll be working on

  • Design and specify a new control and instrumentation philosophy for the upgraded factory
  • Procure, manage the installation, and commission the control and automation system
  • Design of a Safety Instrumented System for the upgraded factory
  • Develop electrical, control and instrumentation standards for bio-bean factories
  • Design and build of a central control room from which the entire process can be monitored and operated.
  • Develop a process to automatically provide operational data to the relevant people to support continuous improvement and performance management
  • Make recommendations for data collection systems and implement solutions to aid process understanding
  • Be the owner of safe designs, relevant written procedures and safety enhancements in process and electrical installations
  • Design relevant electrical safety systems including earthing and lighting protection, design for explosive atmospheres
  • Coordinate a range of multi-disciplinary projects with other engineering and operations teams
  • Assist in building the knowledge base for all the operations team to operate and work the factory in the most effective and efficient manner
  • Support Production and Engineering leaders to build continuous improvement techniques across the operation
  • Bring excellence in project management with a good deadline driven mentality to relevant projects; delivery right first time, on time and in budget
  • Lead supplier tendering and negotiating processes, including managing excellence in negotiations, external meetings and contract documentation.
  • New factory operations are targeted in the UK, EU and further afield
  • Bring excellence from the UK factory to other sites and deliver a new standard of excellence to all bio-bean operations
  • Work with new team members building the bio-bean philosophy and culture

 

Whilst the above is a guide to general expectation of the role, we expect this position to evolve allowing you greater scope to gain both knowledge and experience within the EC&I role and the wider engineering team.

 

Your skills and experience

  • Previous experience of at least 5 years in a relevant industrial background
  • A degree or time served apprenticeship in a relevant Engineering Discipline
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately with colleagues at all levels
  • Experience of Safety Instrumented Systems, design and specification
  • Ability to track and manage opex and capex project budgets
  • Experience of negotiating contracts and service level agreements
  • A history of delivering cost effective, well designed electrical, control and instrumentation projects to programme dates and to budget
  • Good working knowledge of current Electrical Regulations, British Standards, Codes of Practices, and Health and Safety regulations (including CDM)
  • Flexibility for national and international travel with a full UK driving licence

 

And you are…

  • Keen to have real ownership
  • Someone who exceeds people’s expectations on a regular basis
  • Highly professional and approachable always
  • Have good attention to detail and excellent technical report writing skills
  • Resourceful and proactive with a positive approach when issues arise
  • Always looking for ways to improve how things are done
  • Someone with excellent organisational skills for yourself and those around you
  • Knowledge of a range of PLC’s and software programming ability
  • Able to prioritise tasks effectively and have slick time management skills
  • Keen to grow experience and expertise in not only EC&I disciplines but also in a multidisciplinary engineering team

 To apply, please email jobs@bio-bean.com

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