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Engineering Lead



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London, UK
Posted on Thursday, October 12, 2023
Engineering · London

Engineering Lead

Engineering Lead

Location: Scale Space, 58 Wood Ln, London W12 7RZ

Hours: 40 hours per week

Salary: £55,000 - £65,000

Role Brief

Our suite of adsorbent materials is adaptable for various applications. We are looking for an Engineering Lead to direct the application development of our innovative novel adsorbent materials.

You will be responsible for supporting the design and execution of both in-house and external testing for these materials.

In this autonomous role, you will lead a team and oversee multiple projects. The ability to empower others and manage shifting priorities is crucial.

As we establish relationships with customers from diverse industries, you will understand their technical needs and work closely with them and the engineering team to guarantee the successful implementation of treatment systems.

The position is located in London, but it entails both local and international travel.


  • Specify and define the end-use of different adsorbent media for various applications through collaborative work with the Product Development team (PD).
  • Characterise the performance of the media in various water scenarios at bench scale and pilot-scale trials. (Understand the requirements and benchmark of different water environments – drinking water, industrial, wastewater).
  • Client facing to ensure smooth transition between commercial introduction to piloting on site and manage the relationship.
  • Design benchmarking experiments (batch and rapid small-scale column tests) to assess new materials or new water matrices.
  • Develop and oversee the operation of pilot trials at various customer locations.
  • Ensure all operating procedures are standardised and documented clearly to ensure repetition and proficient data management.
  • Sign-off technical reports, presentations and recommendations based on results and data analysis.
  • Work with PD and Eng team to provide recommendations for full-scale implementation of the treatment process.
  • Active promotion and continuous improvement of the company’s Health & Safety and Environmental policies/procedures for Engineering projects.

    Candidate Profile

    • MEng in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or MSc/PhD in Environmental Science (Water experience)
    • Experience in relevant environment (Start-up, R&D, pilot scale testing, Client facing).
    • In-depth knowledge of conventional water filtration technologies (selection and design).
    • Strong organisation and prioritisation skills; able to multi-task efficiently.
    • Solid interpersonal skills; capable of building strong relationships with diverse colleagues and clients.
    • Excellent knowledge of MS Office suite

      Desirable Skills

      • Experience in designing, commissioning and operating pilot plants
      • Experience using chemical process simulation software (e.g., HYSYS)
      • Experience managing relationships with 3rd parties (collaborations, outsourcing companies, etc)
      • Experience in a similar start-up environment of R&D
      • People Leadership experience

        About Puraffinity

        We are an energetic, customer-driven advanced materials science company focused on designing, developing, and manufacturing smart engineered adsorbent to capture and retain PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) from water across the Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Municipal market sectors.

        Based in London – UK, Puraffinity was founded in 2015 and since then has become a leading organization in tackling PFAS, commonly known as The Forever Chemicals, due to its resistance and high mobility.

        Our Vision is to provide 1 billion people with PFAS safe water by 2030, and our Mission is to protect environmental and human health by engineering precision materials to capture chemicals in water.

        Puraffinity embraces diversity and fosters a collaborative and teamworking environment, and we dedicate 100% of our time to create a purposeful and sustainable environmental impact.

        Puraffiity benefits

        We offer great benefits: Vitality Private Health Care, enhanced pension employer contribution scheme (up to 7.5%), and mental health coaching and support by Spill

        We offer shares in Puraffinity for all employees, which means you get recognised and rewarded for your work

        We care about your learning and development and to support this we have a generous training budget for personal development (up to £2,000 per year)

        A work-life balance is important – we offer 25 days annual leave (in addition to the 8 bank holidays) and a hybrid working approach

        We have a very strong diversity and inclusion focus, and in line with this, we have equalised our parental leave and pay for all



        Life at Puraffinity

        Join us and work a with highly qualified, innovative team backed by world-leading research;

        • We are a diverse, hungry and reality-facing start-up offering huge potential for learning and progression;
        • You can deliver an immediate impact and help to meaningfully improve water quality globally;
        • Office located at Scale Space White City, in West London.

        Diversity & Inclusion Values

        Puraffinity places Diversity and Inclusion at the heart of what we do. We foster a welcoming and respectful work environment where every voice, perspective and idea is heard leading to more innovative and creative solutions. We understand that D&I is a journey and we are striving to learn and constantly improve our policies and practices.

        When diversity thrives, we all thrive.

        About Puraffinity

        Founded in 2015
        Co-workers 15
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