Scott Bader

Our purpose is to enable our customers to supply more effective and sustainable products using innovative Polymer solutions and to empower our people to live by our Values.
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Chemical company Scott Bader's Northamptonshire head office sits on a 43-acre site that includes woodlands, a meadow with 25 species of nectar-rich native flowers, a 30m-wide pond and paddocks, all of which are loaned to the Wildlife Trust.

Its biodiversity project is just one of the company's green initiatives. It also uses sustainable energy by buying from low- or zero-carbon suppliers. It has made conservation and efficiency improvements by removing cooling towers, replacing old boilers, and the use of photovoltaic solar panels in its UK warehouse.

For 100 years, Scott Bader has been using its expertise in the manufacturing of products for the composites, advanced composites, adhesives and functional polymers markets. The global organisation has 14 offices across 15 countries.

Scott Bader is different from most other companies in that it is a common trusteeship with a self-governing structure. Shares are held in trust by the Scott Bader Commonwealth, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Having no external shareholders means Scott Bader cannot be acquired, so it is more stable and can plan ahead.

As an employee-owned organisation, Scott Bader donates 5% of its profits to the Commonwealth board, half of which is used for donations to charities that are local to its sites and the rest is shared among employees as a group staff bonus. This is the equivalent of a dividend because staff are like shareholders.

The company is looking to recruit 100 extra staff in 2022, half of which will be in the UK.

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64% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

The Women in Leadership programme focuses on self-discovery, building self-awareness and internal and external networks, having courageous conversations and personal effectiveness. Over the past two years, 63 female staff have attended. All who took part in the first programme have either been promoted or have raised their profile by becoming involved in an employee board.
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Managers are given guidance and coaching by HR business partners. Managers have access to self-directed online learning and live learning events. They are briefed on key policies and activities, including performance management, giving feedback and assigning goals.
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Staff members are elected to the Community Council to represent the interests of staff, while at the same time having regard to the company's success. Members can refer matters to the management or board, giving them the opportunity to hear how employees feel about an issue.
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64% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

The Women in Leadership programme focuses on self-discovery, building self-awareness and internal and external networks, having courageous conversations and personal effectiveness. Over the past two years, 63 female staff have attended. All who took part in the first programme have either been promoted or have raised their profile by becoming involved in an employee board.
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Staff members are elected to the Community Council to represent the interests of staff, while at the same time having regard to the company's success. Members can refer matters to the management or board, giving them the opportunity to hear how employees feel about an issue.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1941
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
43
Employee average age
74% : 26%
Male : Female employee ratio
37%
Employees earning £35k+
7%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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At Scott Bader we are committed to building an engaged workforce where our employees are encouraged ‘to be the best they can be’ within an inclusive environment with a set of values at its heart. One of the most important things we can do to secure our long-term success is to create a culture where we develop and look after the people around us.

Kevin Matthews, Group CEO - Scott Bader tester

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