Why join Thomas Swan?

Over four generations Thomas Swan has established a proud tradition of innovation. The company was founded in 1926 by ‘Tommy’ Swan and to this day we maintain the flexibility of an independent, family-run business despite our growing presence in the UK and international chemicals markets.

Employees are encouraged to put forward their ideas of how we can improve in all aspects of the business. We are keen to constantly improve, therefore we have committed to implement 20% of all employee suggestions each year.

We have a great team at Thomas Swan with a range of exciting career opportunities. However, no work place is perfect and we regularly ask our employees how they feel about a topic so we know what we can do to improve. In a score of 1 (low) and 10 (high), here is a snapshot of how employees rated working for us:

I have a good working relationship with my colleagues?

My working relationships are better now than they have ever been at Thomas Swan. There is a good, positive attitude amongst those I work most closely with that I find provides a constructive working atmosphere.

I am here to play a long-term role in the future of Thomas Swan?

I feel the company encourages employees to belong, feel ownership and enjoy the success.

I am confident in the future of Thomas Swan

Strong management and detailed plans in place lead to a very confident feeling for the future.

I have the freedom to do my job

I have a great boss who sets clear expectations and then allows me the freedom to deliver those results based on my style and methodology. We speak frequently so there are reviews and coaching along the way but overall I could not be more pleased with my immediate supervisor's management style and the way in which we interact.

Talent Development

All employees are given the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge with regular training and development. We run a range of training programmes such as Lean Sigma, Prince II Project Management and various Health and Safety courses. Continuous professional development is encouraged through supporting specific external training or further education. Many of our employees have achieved professional qualifications with our support.

We believe in growing talent through Apprenticeships and have been successful in implementing an Apprenticeship programme. We are planning to recruit more Apprentices into different areas of the business in the future.

Career Opportunities

Achieving our goal of manufacturing high quality products whilst continuing to have an innovation driven culture means we employ a workforce who demonstrate a wide and diverse range of skills.


· Research & Development

· Advanced Materials

· Performance Chemicals

· Production

· Engineering

· Logistics

· Quality Assurance

· Regulatory Affairs

Work Experience

School and College Students

We have supported a number of work experience placements for school and College students and we are keen to engage with students to promote careers within the Chemical Manufacturing sector.

If you would like to request a placement with us, please contact us by email at jhughes@thomas-swan.co.uk and provide us with some information on the type, length and start date you require.

We want to make sure that your experience with us is enjoyable which involves a lot of planning from our employees to make sure that you get as much as possible from your time with us.

University Summer Placements/ Industrial Placements

We can offer a small number of summer placements to University students. Each request is considered on an individual basis. If you are interested, please get in touch by emailing jhughes@thomas-swan.co.uk detailing the type of experience you are hoping to gain, how long you would like to be with us and the date you would like to start.

From time to time, we have the opportunity to offer an industrial placement for a year. Any opportunities that become available will be published on our current vacancies page.

We receive a high volume of requests and whilst we would love to accommodate all requests, sometimes this is not possible.


“We often host school visits to the site, to encourage budding scientists and engineers to get interested in what we do at Thomas Swan from an early age”

Job Vacancies

21/10/2020 Business Director, Performance Chemicals

Competitive salary + Bonus + Excellent Benefits

We have a fantastic opportunity for the right individual to join our senior team.  This role will have responsibility for the Performance Chemicals division managing personal healthcare and leather, tyres and rubbers and inks and coatings. Closing date for applications 20th November 2020.

If you are interested in applying for any of the above  positions with Thomas Swan, please contact Joanna Hughes, HR Manager;

Email: jhughes@thomas-swan.co.uk

Tel: 01207 505131


18/11/2020 Degree Apprenticeship in Llanover, Monmouthshire, starting January 2021

Best of both worlds: Earn while you learn and apply your new knowledge immediately to real world projects.

Study for a BSc in Applied Software Engineering with the Open University.

Course fees fully funded by the Welsh Government: you won’t need a student loan.

We will give you two half days a week in-work study time.

From day one you will be trained as a technician in computer-control of experiments and in fibre-optic assembly. After your first few months you will be suggesting and implementing improvements to our software and its user interface. After a couple of years you will be helping to train new apprentices. By the time you finish your degree you will be a key player delivering software-based solutions for fibre-optics manufacturing and contributing to our technology development plans.

Desirable Qualifications: Good A2’s in Maths and Physics. Good GCSE’s in Maths, English and Double Science.

If you would like to receive the full job specification, please email Joanna Hughes, Jhughes@thomas-swan.co.uk.  Closing date for applications is 9am on 3rd December 2020.

23/11/2020 Continuous Improvement Manager

We have a new opportunity for someone to join our team.  This role will lead, develop and deliver;

  • A Companywide continuous improvement agenda including safety, quality, cost and efficiency
  • Enhanced workforce engagement and skills agenda
  • Embedding of LEAN methodology, including Gemba, DMAIC, problem solving and consistency
  • Develop our people to the highest level in continuous improvement

If you are interested in learning more about this position, please follow the link below.