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Internship: R&D Process Development

Internship: R&D Process Development

Internship is for Dutch students only
No relocation for this internship

From our awareness about the importance of a responsible leather industry around the world, Smit & Zoon is continuously searching for sustainable solutions for the entire leather value chain. In the leather industry, R&D plays a crucial role in this search through developing chemistry into products suitable for leather processing. At Smit & Zoon R&D, we believe that we have a social responsibility to offer a good learn & work environment for trainees. Furthermore, we target to have traineeships designed such that these are not only beneficial for the individual trainee, but also for Smit & Zoon. We are currently looking for students with an interest for:

Internship: R&D Process Development
Starting January 2021

Traineeship location:
The R&D department consists of 15 chemists/chemical engineers, which are all involved either in product development, process development or analytical support, and the trainee is anticipated to be fulfilling the traineeship as a full member of the process development sub-team. The trainee is expected to work primarily from the R&D laboratory located on the Smit & Zoon production site in Amersfoort.

Traineeship assignments:
The R&D department has opportunities for trainees to participate in several of the ongoing projects.

In this Internship your assignment would be:

  • Study towards processes to make wet-end performance products to be used in the leather industry.

The objective of this internship project is to investigate the typical characteristics of the oxidation/ sulfitation processes to make so-called fatliquors and to identify opportunities for improving these processes. The project involves building on existing knowledge and additional insights from literature. Besides, the activities involve lab trials and using various analytical techniques to monitor the various processes. The project as such is part of process development activities that focus on supporting the Smit & Zoon fatliquors plant.

Background trainee

  • HBO/University trainee
  • Chemistry, preferably Organic, and/or Chemical Engineering
  • Engaged to build knowledge and experience in the chemical industry
  • With an open mindset and a can-do attitude
  • Interested in working in an international operating family-owned company
  • Strong drive towards sustainability
  • Good communicator

Duration internship
6 months, starting in September 2021

Amersfoort, Nederland
Note that: This location can be reached via public transportation

What does Smit & Zoon offer you:

  • Professional supervision providing valuable feedback on your performance
  • Opportunity to show your technical skills and interests
  • A competitive compensation during the traineeship
  • Smit & Zoon, occasionally and based on excellent performance, offers the opportunity to trainees to extend the traineeship

About Smit & Zoon
Smit & Zoon is a 7th generation family company (founded in 1821) and focusses on innovation and production of high-end sustainable raw materials for modification of leather. Our quality solutions are used by leather manufacturers worldwide for the automotive, upholstery, and the high-end fashion industry.

Smit & Zoon has grown into a recognized player in de leather industry. Our head office and one production site is situated in Weesp (the Netherlands), whereas the second production site is located in Amersfoort. In total we employ about 400 engaged employees in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, China, India and Mexico. Smit & Zoon is a company with a clear focus and long-term vision. All of our team members are fully dedicated to make the leather value chain sustainable, in line with the vision of Smit towards 2025:

“To create a social and environmental sustainable leather value chain”.

In 2018 Smit & Zoon was awarded the EY Family Business Legacy award for entrepreneurship and adaptive skills in a turbulent and changing industry.

More information:
Do you want to jumpstart your chemical process development career and contribute to the chemical aspiration of Smit & Zoon as an intern?

For more information about this internship or the Smit & Zoon organization, please contact Robin van Rijssel (Corporate Recruiter): 06-28 36 48 08 of klik hier.

Introduction of candidates by Recruitment agencies is neither appreciated nor wanted.

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