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Colour Development Manager

  • Location: County Westmeath
  • Job Type:Permanent
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Contact Email:
  • Job Ref: 20407

We have an new opening for a Colour Development Manager with a well established company based in Athlone. This is a significant and dynamic role which is a pivotal role within the organisation. In this role you will lead all aspects of coloured masterbatch development and associated colour standards within an export-driven plastics manufacturing company based in Ireland. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Quality / R+D function.


  • Responsible for pigment, additive and colour masterbatch developments within the company
  • Provide technical expertise in pigments, dyes & additives including sourcing, validation & approval of new materials.
  • Technical support to colour department in terms of colour formulations, colour matching, colour measurement, colour standards, product testing, process troubleshooting, claims investigation and training
  • Introduction and maintenance of colour standards 
  • Oversee the maintenance and updating of inspection, measuring and production equipment within the colour department.
  • Ensure that GMP’s are maintained and that quality standards, safety protocols, regulatory and customer requirements continue to be met, e.g. ISO 9000, ISO 45000, REACH, food approval, UL, outdoor weathering.
  • Cross-departmental technical support in addition to external support to sales (customers, OEMs) to resolve colour related customer complaints. The latter will require some travel.  
  • Lead and support specific R+D projects


  • Education to degree level, ideally in a Polymer Engineering or Science discipline
  •  Ideally 3+ years’ experience working with plastics and pigments in a high volume compounding manufacturing environment
  • Experience with colour measurement systems & colour-match software an advantage
  • Research & development experience an advantage

 Personal Competencies

  •  Proven track record in a manufacturing and product development role
  •  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – good report writing, presentation skills and the ability to work well with others
  •   Self-motivated with an ability to work on their own initiative
  •  A methodical logic-driven approach to product development and problem solving
  •  Ability to drive continuous improvements and cost efficiency programs
  •  Possess excellent attention to detail, maintaining high standards.

Benefits provided:

  • Career Progression Opportunities
  • Bonus
  • Pension Company Contribution
  • Subsidized Canteen
  • Onsite Parking

For further details on this position please contact Gillian Nicholson at