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Johnson Matthey Work Placements

London, Greater London
Science & pharmaceuticals
Number of employees

Life at Johnson Matthey for work placements

We are waiting to take you on a journey like no other, with limitless career possibilities within an exciting industry that pushes the boundaries of science.   We want the best and need ambitious, focused graduates with a first degree, PhD or equivalent in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science.  

Global reach   We are British multinational speciality chemicals, precious metals and sustainable technologies company headquartered in the United Kingdom.   We meet our customers' needs from our 43 major manufacturing sites across all regions. We invest in our global footprint to ensure we are best positioned to serve our customers and serve future demand in our markets. This improves our access to high growth potential markets.   Johnson Matthey operates in 30 countries, with 13,000 employees, generating a turnover of more than £3.5bn each year.  

Take a journey with us   There are many paths to take when you join our team, including Research & Technology, Product Development, Manufacturing & Operations, Sales & Marketing, and Support Functions.   We have two technology centres in the UK, one based at Sonning Common, Berkshire and the other at our site in Billingham in the North East. We also run smaller technology centres in Savannah, USA, Pretoria, and South Africa, so there are great travel options.   We provide opportunities few others can offer. From the word go, you'll be involved in live projects that help deliver leading edge technologies whilst developing a dynamic future for yourself.   The growth of our worldwide businesses depends on the constant flow of new ideas. That's why we give graduates energising opportunities where you are able to work at the leading edge of science.  

Our graduates   Don't take our word for it; find out what recent Johnson Matthey graduates think about the company, the training offered and the subsequent opportunities

here.   You will receive individual training from colleagues. This is then developed by the formal training we have specialised for graduate recruits. As you further your career there could be opportunities to export your expertise and yourself to other parts of Johnson Matthey around the world.

Our company

Life at Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey’s core programme lasts for two years during which you will experience three eight-month placements within your chosen career path each in a different business areas and locations in the UK. This gives you an exciting opportunity to advance your career as well as quickly experience and develop a breadth of understanding of one of the world’s leading companies in sustainable technologies. As JM moves into its third century, working more collaboratively is key, and being part of our Graduate Programme will put you at the heart of this as you move around our different businesses with each placement.

Whichever career path you choose, the structure of the Graduate Programme is designed to challenge you. It will help you develop a broad understanding of JM, build your technical expertise and equip you with the skills and knowledge needed by our future leaders. In addition to providing a robust and challenging programme, we also believe strongly in mentoring and coaching, so you will be assigned a mentor who will provide support and career advice throughout your journey.

We're currently recruiting in three main areas:

  • Commercial
  • Operations
  • Science

Commuter allowance - Savings / retirement plans - Medical insurance - Flexible holiday allowance - Tuition reimbursement (role dependent) - Competitive salary - Some roles may be eligible for an annual bonus -


Innovating and improving - We adapt and embrace new ideas to make us stronger and our world cleaner and healthier. We are confident and resilient through change; growing and developing ourselves and JM, to ensure we are a leader in our chosen markets. Owning what we do - We take accountability for our own work, and know we are also part of something bigger. We take the initiative, seek clarity and demand high standards from ourselves and our colleagues. Protecting people and the planet - We practice the highest standards of health and safety, promote wellbeing for people both inside and outside of work, and seek to safeguard our planet. Acting with integrity - We do the right thing, for people and for the world. We do what we say we’ll do, expect the same of each other and speak up when there’s a problem. We place importance on relationships internally and externally, treating others with respect and care. Working together - We encourage collaboration inside JM and out, sharing and embracing diverse viewpoints. We tackle problems together, put our ideas into practice and take pride in combining our contributions to create something better for JM and our customers.


Since 2016, we have partnered with Plan International UK to deliver short and long term projects in East and West Africa.

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