Environmental Chemist


Madrid, ES

An introduction to Etex

At Etex, our purpose is to inspire new ways of living. By joining Etex, you won’t just be joining an international leader, you will inspire people around the world to build living spaces that are ever safer, more sustainable, smarter and beautiful. You’ll be joining a company who wants to inspire change.

We are committed to making a positive human impact on the world. In return, we’ll reward you by investing in your development and your personal well-being. Whilst our core values help us develop those effective and sustainable lightweight solutions we’re known for, it’s our people that matter most!

Our diverse and inclusive workforce always strives for excellence. We have over 100 years of experience manufacturing high-performance building solutions. Etex is a company that is committed to success - and when you join us, we’ll be committed to you.




a) Mission of the position

This is a technical position at corporate R&D to secure compliance of URSA glass wool and extruded polystyrene manufacturing factories with environmental regulations, particularly with regard to pollutant emissions, factory smells and industrial water. The position seat at the R&D department because most of environmental impact is derived from the chemical processes involved in URSA manufacturing factories, subject of an intense R&D work.


b) Responsibilities
-    Supervise chimney emission, smells and industrial water quality in URSA factories.  Identify and investigate problems and propose corrective actions.
-    Develop and/or implement solutions for pollutant measurement/control, thru specific projects.
-    Support factories on acute/unanticipated environmental crisis.
-    Be up to date on environmental regulations, measurement methods and abatement technologies for gas and water streams.
-    Support URSA representatives before European industrial bodies.


c) Main tasks
-    Lead or participate in R&D / factory implementation projects.
-    Hands-on work in laboratories (R&D Lab in Tarragona or factory labs) and in factories (chimney, industrial water, etc.), pending project needs.
-    Technological monitoring. Attendance to fairs and congresses, and European forums.
-    Internal documentation and reporting.
-    Frequent meetings with URSA factories, internal departments, external suppliers and institutes. 


d) Organization:
-    Reports to URSA R&D Manager
-    The position has no people in charge
-    This is an entry position, which is expected to evolve to a senior Technical Leader position, with a functional reporting from all the Environmental responsible colleagues in URSA plants.


a) Education:

Chemist or Chemical Engineer, preferably with specialization in Environmental Work.

b) Professional Experience:

Ideally 3-year experience in similar position, preferably in a multinational chemical / manufacturing industrial environment, with:
-    Good understanding of technical topics, theory and practical experience in labs and factories.
-    Good understanding of European regulation, practices, etc.
c) Soft skills:

-    Excellent project management skills, disciplined and well organized.
-    Good collaboration and communication skills within dynamic organizations, with people of diverse background, nationality and culture.
-    Proactive and focused on finding best solutions for the company in the long-term.
-    Inquisitive, curious, strong data analysis.


d) Language skills:
-    Fluent in English
-    Preferably fluent in Spanish, French and/or German 


e) Travel availability: up to 40 % of working time across European factories (Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Italy), depending on project needs.


f) Incorporation to URSA:  Immediately.

Our Social Responsibilities  

Etex has a clear commitment to help build a better, sustainable future. We work towards this vision by caring about our social and environmental impacts and working on innovative solutions for the building industry. 

Our ambition is to reduce negative effects and scale up positive impacts. We prioritise decarbonisation, including the use of renewable energy, as well as circularity, with a first focus on waste management.

We engage in a wide range of voluntary initiatives which offer support to local communities through partnerships and social projects. Our teammates know their local communities best, we are proud of the numerous projects and actions initiated around the world that are based on the awareness of their communities’ needs.


Commitment to diversity 

We’re incredibly proud of the community we’ve created at Etex. We form a global team of over 11,000 individuals from an enormous variety of backgrounds, races, faiths, and genders. Our diversity is our strength, and we are committed to ensuring that all of our teammates feel included and happy at work. 

If you require any additional support with your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch so that we can make arrangements for you.

Good luck with your application 

As you have seen, our Teammates mean the world to us, they enable us to Inspire Ways of Living. If this role appeals to you, click apply now and discover how a career at Etex will help you learn, grow and lead. We look forward to hearing from you.