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Internship R&D Scale up blowing process

From our awareness about the importance of a responsible leather industry around the world, Royal 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 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 Royal Smit & Zoon. 

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 Royal Smit & Zoon production site in Amersfoort.This location can be reached via public transportation.

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 trainee project is to investigate the effects of air flow, mixing and temperature on blowing process. This knowledge is predicted to help the scale up of the blowing process of recently developed high fat liquors in the factory. 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 Royal 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


What do we offer you:

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

About Royal Smit & Zoon
Founded in 1821, the organization is a 7th generation family-owned business dedicated to the innovation and production of high quality sustainable raw materials for leather processing. Leather is a by-product of the meat industry, with tanneries worldwide purchasing our high-quality products to process the leather so that it can be used in the automotive industry, on furniture upholstery and in the high-end fashion industry. In this, we aim to create a socially and environmentally sustainable leather chain by 2025.

Royal Smit & Zoon has grown into a renowned and highly appreciated player in the leather industry. The head office and a production location are in Weesp and we have a second Dutch production location in Amersfoort. Approximately 400 committed employees work for our companies in the Netherlands, Italy, China, India and Mexico. It is a company with a wonderful history, a clear focus and a long-term vision.

More information:
Do you want to jumpstart your chemical process development career and contribute to the chemical aspiration of Royal Smit & Zoon as an intern? Please contact Mark Letter (Corporate Recruiter) at +31 6 28136119 or [email protected]

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



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