Careers

Graduates

For graduates who share our pioneering spirit and passion for science and technology, there is no better place to drive innovation in titanium dioxide production and create a cleaner, brighter world as you do so.

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The Chemical Engineering Graduate Program

As a Chemical Engineering Graduate working at one of our manufacturing plants, you will be responsible for providing day-to-day technical support to our manufacturing operations. Focusing on project delivery and plant process optimization, you will develop expertise across a breadth of operational and technical areas of the business including Process Development, Process Safety Management, Project Engineering and Process Control.

You will learn a great deal on each of your rotations. In Process Safety you will gain valuable insights into Process Safety study techniques, chemical industry regulations and requirements, Human Factors and Functional Safety. Whereas in Process Control you will be introduced to our different control systems, including Distributed Control Systems and emergency shutdown. In Project Engineering, you will be exposed to the safety, commercial and technical aspects of engineering design and construction. And in Operations, you will gain a real understanding the practical aspects of plant operations.

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The Chemistry Graduate Program

As a Chemist at Cristal, you will provide specialist analytical services to our business. You will work in our laboratories supporting either our pigment or ultrafine businesses and get to understand the product development lifecycle through placements with our Research & Development, Technical Customer Service and Manufacturing functions.

Working with our experienced application research team to develop new formulations for photocatalytic products and explore applications testing, you will support our development work in new specialized paints and identify improvements to existing paints. You will also be involved in improving and modifying our test methods for volatile organic compounds VOC and nitrogen oxides NOx; increasing productivity while adhering to standard testing methods. Beyond that, you will ensure that all laboratory procedures are carried out in compliance with relevant Safety, Health and Environment and country regulations.

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Mechanical Engineering Graduate programme

Mechanical Engineers at Cristal work to ensure the reliability of the plant. This means identifying operational issues relating to plant equipment, performing root cause analysis, and developing engineering solutions for a range of fixed and rotating processing equipment.

As a graduate, you will work as part of our onsite team to advise our planners, technicians and site supervisors on the right course of action. You will provide technical input into our inspection findings to ensure all our equipment is fit for service and see to it that repairs are completed to the required standards. You will also be involved in asset replacement and play a key role in keeping the plant running without disruption while taking every opportunity to improve processes and overall reliability.

You will complete placements in our Maintenance, Reliability & Integrity and Project Engineering teams to develop a well-rounded understanding of how mechanical engineering fits in to life at Cristal.

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Instrument & Electrical Engineering Graduate Program

Cristal’s Instrument & Electrical Engineers provide technical expertise in support of all sorts of different areas. These include reliability improvement, reliability centered maintenance efforts, problem diagnosis and equipment efficiency as well as operations and improvements. As a graduate, you will get to experience all of these areas.

Working in either our Pigments business or Cristal Metals , you will gain experience of both Maintenance and Project Engineering. Additionally, you will undertake specialist rotations in Instrumentation & Controls, Electrical or High Voltage disciplines. Throughout the course of the program, you will work as part of our on-site team to identify and implement Instrument & Electrical improvements. So you could be involved in root cause analysis for Instrument & Electrical safety and reliability incidents, or find yourself supporting the Engineering & Project team in the realisation of major projects. Whatever you work on, we guarantee you will be learning from experienced professionals.

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If you join our Global Graduate Development Program, you will spend two years honing your technical expertise as well as growing your broader commercial knowledge and leadership skills. At the same time you will strive to continuously improve our products and find new and different ways of working.

We make sure all our graduates get off to the best possible start with a comprehensive induction program followed by direct training events, access to Cristal’s online Learning Academy, structured rotations and on-the-job learning. You will also be assigned a mentor and work alongside experienced professionals who will help guide you through your first few years in our business. This continuous professional development does not stop upon program completion. At Cristal, you can expect to grow throughout your entire career.

What is in it for you

You can expect a structured development program where four business rotations will give you an in-depth understanding of your function and our business.

You will be immersed in operational activities from the outset, so you can look forward to learning from industry experts from the very beginning.

You will receive plenty of support and guidance from your team, your Cristal Mentor and your supervisor. We will also schedule regular reviews where you will have the opportunity to discuss your progress and set goals.

As well as enjoying classroom-based learning and access to our online Learning Academy, you will be supported to achieve professional qualifications.

If you do well, you can look forward to performance-based rewards in addition to a competitive salary

What we look for

All of our graduates need certain minimum qualifications. So as well as technical competence in your field of study, we look for a strong academic background. In the UK, we ask for at least a 2:1 degree and in the US, a minimum overall GPA of 3.5/4.0. In Saudi Arabia, we expect a 2.5/4 and for all other regions we ask for the national equivalent of these qualifications.

Academic achievement is just one facet of what we require from our graduates. We also look for well-rounded team players and innovative thinkers: People who relish the challenge of solving problems and who can communicate their ideas with conviction and passion. We want all our family members to keep on learning and to be driven to stay at the leading edge of their chosen profession. So we expect you to push beyond obvious solutions, have practical planning skills, raw commercial awareness and a keen eye for the most minute details.

In brief, we want to work with people who have what it takes to make a difference.

Where could Cristal take you?

Discover how some of our graduates have developed their careers at Cristal.

Meet our people

For graduates who share our pioneering spirit and passion for science and technology, there is no better place to drive innovation in titanium dioxide production and create a cleaner, brighter world as you do so.

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Alex Smeathers
Graduate Process Engineer 
United Kingdom 
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Victoria Soulsby
Graduate Buyer 
United Kingdom 
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Luke Johnson
Graduate Process Engineer 
US 
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Rahul Agarwal
Graduate Mechanical Engineer 
Cristal Metals, US 
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Johann Le Touze
Graduate Chemist 
France/UK 
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Daniel Thompson
Graduate Process Engineer 
UK 
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Azra Hosic
Graduate Chemist 
US 

Working together

Across every part of our organisation, we work side-by-side to deliver the innovative titanium products and services that our customers’ businesses are built on. From the mine to the warehouse, collaboration is at the heart of our working culture, helping us find better ways to do more and to continue to lead the field.
HR Business Partner Veronica Sargeant
Senior
Geologist
Tara Thompson
Buyer-
Procurement
Atif Al Farshooti
Process operator Bahauddin Ibrahim AL-Hawsawi
Warehouse Operator Dirk Torfs
Mine
Operator
James Fernley
Process Control Specialist Colin Welsh
Sales
Manager
Kevin Chung
Process Engineer Mario Andre de Oxossi Santos Bernardo
Senior Process Safety Engineer Craig McManus
Senior Packing Operator Mel Jones
Trainer Mathew Nicholson

Working Together

Although HR doesn't get directly involved in pigment manufacturing, as a Business Partner I contribute to its success through working in partnership with our teams to help foster a performance and learning culture, and make sure our family members have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their roles.
I have responsibility for the training requirements for the engineering team on one of our sites. That means I identify and prioritize the training needs together with the team, and then design, build and develop the programs to meet those requirements. I'm also involved in training implementation and delivery.
Exploration Mining
We are at the grassroots of the pigment making process. We discover potential future mining projects and help with their development. We work closely with the mine planning team to get these projects up and running. These projects then become the mines that supply Illmenite, Rutile and Zircon to the pigment industry.
I'm involved in the physical extraction of loader operating through to the spiral separation of the mineral. My team is right at the primary stage of the physical extraction from the mine pit and we work with the mine planning, surveying, safety and environment and metallurgy teams on a daily basis.
Raw Material
I work with the business to source material and services for our operations. It could be materials such as coke, ore or gas, or it could be looking at training providers or office supplies. I also ensure the working relationships with our suppliers are maintained and developed.
Pigment Manufacturing
My team is involved in what we call the heart of the TiO2 Pigment process, the oxidization process. In my role I have to understand how the plant has been operating at the start of my shift and if there are any areas I need to address. I check the equipment and record the data into our operating system and if necessary take any corrective action. I also identify any maintenance requirements in my area and flag these to the relevant teams.
I'm involved with all aspects of controlling the pigment process and develop the control system to allow the operators to make high quality pigment, safely, while protecting the environment. We start when the pigment is in the raw materials stage, and take it through the chlorination, purification, reaction and treatment stages, until it ends up in the packed bags.
My job is to identify and implement continuous improvements to processes to reduce costs and increase quality across the site. Doing that well means working with different teams to define strategy – everyone from Operations and Process Control to Maintenance and Reliability.
My role helps all of Cristal's global sites achieve compliance and best practice in process safety systems and standards. As the role is not site-based, I don't directly interact with the pigment making process. However, I do work with departments wherever there is a process safety impact. This even includes departments not traditionally associated with process safety, such as HR.
We take the dry pigment from the Wet End, pack it, and get it onto pallets for our customers; ensuring that the customer gets a smart, tidy and clean product. We work closely with the Wet End operators, who we get the pigment from, and the warehouse operators, who ship the product out. We also work with technicians to ensure our equipment is operational.
Commercial Services
I prepare and pick customer orders at the end of the process when the finished product needs to be transported to the customer. That means loading and unloading trucks and placing the right product in the right place within the warehouse. Along with the rest of my team, I work with shipping coordinators, warehouse supervisors and logistic coordinators.
I work at the final stage of the process, selling pigments to our customers. However, by inputting customers' needs into Manufacturing, I can also find myself at the beginning of the process. Primarily my role is to plan, implement and report on sales within my market, but I also work collaboratively with a range of supporting teams such as Supply Chain, Marketing, Sales & Operational Planning.

FAQS

You will need to have studied for a relevant degree and you will also need to demonstrate strong academic performance. That means being on target for 2.1 degree in the UK, a GPA of 3.5/4 in the US and 2.5/4 in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

We have an annual intake for our program. The timing of this varies given our global locations. We advertise opportunities on Cristal Careers once our dates are confirmed each year.

Yes. We recruit graduates with some work experience as well as people who are taking gap years or pursuing postgraduate courses.

In most instances you will need to be eligible to work in the country to which you are applying. 

We really appreciate the time you put in to your application, but we can only provide feedback if you reach the assessment center stage.

The scheme lasts for two years and is made up of a combination of learning blocks and job rotations to give you the maximum opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding.

Cristal offers our graduates a structured development program. You will receive a blend of classroom training and on-the-job experience, which will be supported by our experienced professionals. In addition, you will have access to Cristal’s online Learning Academy and will be assigned a mentor who will support you through the program.

You will be supported in working towards professional qualifications that are relevant to your area of specialty.

Yes. We have a mentor program to help support and guide you during your early career at Cristal, and you will be matched to a suitable mentor upon joining the company.

We are an international company, so overseas secondment opportunities do come up, however, this is not guaranteed and depends on the role you are doing.

No. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, so we don't discriminate on any basis - including age.