Reporting to: Director of Technology


Safinah Group provides consulting in the field of heavy duty coatings. Our clients include some of the world’s biggest oil and gas, energy, marine, chemicals, mega-yacht insurance and legal companies globally.

Due to recent significant growth, the team requires a person capable of fulfilling a consultant’s role to support the company vision of being thought leaders within its chosen markets and to support the market segment growth ambitions.

As a truly independent organisation, our consultants combine the best of technical research with commercial considerations to give a balanced and informed position to our clients.

Safinah as an organization has been around for 24 years and leads the market in its chosen sectors. The team consists of 50+ people based globally, split across consulting and technical services functions with close collaboration maximizing knowledge and customer value across the organisation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Review of coating specifications and guarantees.
  • Coating failure investigation and root cause analysis.
  • Expert witness work.
  • Generation of functional coating specifications.
  • Assisting asset owners with optimised product selection / coating technology.
  • Training and customer presentations.
  • Coating process optimisation.
  • Business Development and lead generation within the sector.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Scoping and oversight of analytical testing programmes.
  • Generation of white papers and technical articles.
  • Training of employees.
  • Company strategy development and implementation.
  • Contribution of insights into Special Projects as appropriate.

Qualifications required for the position:

  • Have a BSc or MSc degree in a relevant science subject e.g. Chemistry, Materials, Corrosion, or other engineering discipline.
  • Have minimum 10 years of professional coating related work experience, ideally as a formulating or coating Chemist with field-based coating inspection or supervision experience.
  • Ideally have commercial experience from a global paint manufacturer (Sales, Commercial, Technical Services, Business Development) and / or direct industry-based experience working for an asset owner in either Oil and Gas, sustainable energy or infrastructure sector.
  • Experience with industry standards such as NORSOK and ISO12944 including schemes, requirements and testing regimes.
  • Experience in a specialist discipline of fire protection, chemical resistance or finishes would be desirable but not essential.
  • High level of IT skills and competency in Microsoft Office applications.

Special Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Self-motivated, structured and result oriented.
  • Can work independently or as part of a team.
  • Disciplined in administrative and technical tasks.
  • International ambassador for Safinah.
  • Sense of humour.
  • Able to write and present effectively in English.
  • Ability to communicate with all levels in organizations.

Physical Requirements:

  • Capable of global travel and working in typical marine, industrial and chemical environments.
  • Can work from home / office / site.
  • Flexible to travel at short notice if required.


The successful candidate would ideally be UK-based to serve the insurance markets and preferably based in our Gateshead office. Other locations in Europe can also be considered.

What we offer:

Working for Safinah Group you will have varied, engaging and challenging workdays within the Energy & Infrastructure sector and have a large impact on results, people and processes from day one. We have an international, open and inclusive working atmosphere where you will develop a network both within and outside the organization, with opportunities to grow and develop in a strong and dynamic company. Safinah offers a competitive package (depending on experience and capabilities) covering health and travel insurance, pension contributions and generous vacation allowance.

Next steps:

If you are interested and either require further information or wish to submit a CV, then please contact us at