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Company information

Founded in Sheffield in 2009, Ossila Limited is a rapidly-growing high-tech company supplying research components to the materials science community, providing a catalogue of specialised materials and equipment to researchers around the world. Approximately 75% of our sales are exported to more than 1000 institutions in over 80 countries, and we are proud to have many of the world's leading research and academic institutions as customers. We are currently based at the Solpro Business Park in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

In the next few years, we are looking to expand rapidly and are searching for enthusiastic people to help us grow. In return, Ossila offers the opportunity to join an exciting enterprise and experience life in a fast-growing, high-tech environment.

We aim to provide technically-challenging projects and exposure to aspects of commercial activities. Previous student projects have also led to entirely new business units and permanent positions.

Current Vacancies

We currently have 3 vacancies available. Please see below for more information.

1) Web and Systems Developer

Location: Windsor Street, Sheffield

Salary: £26,000 - 32,000

Job Type: Permanent, Full time (nominally 9 am - 5 pm)

Start Date: As soon as possible


Job Overview

We are looking for an ambitious developer looking to use their professional skills to help grow a company, by taking on a key role developing our website, e-commerce platform and related systems.

The work primarily involves development and maintenance of our website, e-commerce platform, underlying code and supporting databases in all phases, as well as building and deploying new systems - think Web Dev meets DevOps.

Key Duties
  • Establish and deliver prioritised web development projects aimed at growing the output of the business, ensuring cross browser and platform compatibility and high performance
  • Build robust solutions from design to testing, implementation, evaluation and maintenance
  • Write quality code and refactor existing code to improve performance and future use
  • Stay fully up-to-date with web best practices, new trends and advancements in web development
  • Communicate progress with team members and other internal stakeholders to ensure evolving project requirements are met
  • Ensure data security with robust backup protocols of our servers and cloud-based systems


We currently work with a Shopify E-commerce platform using HTML, CSS and Javascript as well as online customer relationship management and inventory systems. Building and maintaining relationships between all of our systems is crucial to the effectiveness of our operations.

There is an opportunity for flexibility as the role progresses, allowing the developer to diversify their background and grow their skill set through training and working on new projects.



We want someone who can be the technical lead. Therefore the candidate must have the relevant experience in a commercial environment as well as the motivation to deliver projects that produce quantifiable outputs with the highest impact that can drive the company forward.

Essential Requirements
  • Strong background of HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript
  • A good understanding of web UX and UI design, usability, application architecture and standards
  • The drive and ability to take ownership and manage complex projects efficiently from conception to completion
  • A systematic approach to creating reliable and high-performing functions and services
  • Skilled at working to a specification and at collaborating with others in mixed teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication with the confidence to present concisely in project meetings
  • Willingness and flexibility to learn new technologies and skills
Desired and/or relevant technical skills
  • Experience with CMS development or eCommerce platforms and best practices
  • SQL and relational database design
  • Experience developing and implementing APIs
  • Commercial awareness with an understanding of impacts, risks and potential costs
  • An understanding of SEO best practices for web development

Professional Development

There is the opportunity to attend conferences, workshops and training camps to keep up to date with the latest best practices and changes in the industry. There will also be time for independent research, self-led learning and in-house training as practicable and when necessary.

As part of a growing SME, you will inevitably take on increased responsibility as your experience increases. As our first full-time web development hire, this is an opportunity to build a career in a friendly and exciting environment of a high-tech and high-growth business and help develop our vision for the future.


2) Software Developer

Location: Windsor Street, Sheffield

Salary: £26,000 - 32,000

Job Type: Permanent, Full time (nominally 9 am - 5 pm)

Start Date: As soon as possible


Job Overview

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced software developer to deliver high-quality improvements to our systems, in an influential role that is core to the growth of our business.

The successful candidate will establish scalable solutions to help shape the company and help us better support our customers. The work will include the development of our website, eCommerce platform and supporting applications. You will be given the time to stay fully up-to-date with best practices and new trends, with the flexibility to take on increased responsibility as your experience increases.


We are interested in a proactive person who enjoys finding solutions to technical challenges. The most important aspect of the role is the ability to deliver quantifiable outputs on a wide range of projects. Therefore we are looking for a very motivated individual with a broad skill set.

Essential Requirements
  • Enthusiasm for delivering new, technical solutions to take the company to the next level
  • Experience of development in a commercial environment
  • Proficiency in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and web infrastructure
  • The drive and diligence to take initiative on development projects with a focus on output
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Experience with CMS web development and eCommerce platforms
  • Knowledge of web frameworks and web API design
  • Commercial awareness
  • An understanding of UX and UI design, SEO best practices and web standards

Professional Development

As part of a rapidly-growing SME, there are fantastic opportunities for progression as you help grow the business alongside your professional skills. This an opportunity to build a career in a friendly and exciting enterprise and help develop our vision for the future.


3) Product Workshop Assistant

Location: Windsor Street, Sheffield

Salary: £10 per hour

Job Type: up to 16 hours a week (nominally between 9am - 5pm)

Start Date: August 21st 2018


Job Overview

We are looking for someone who wants to gain valuable part-time work experience in a fast-growing, high-tech SME. The successful candidate will be involved in the hands-on construction of our range of coating and test equipment. They must be capable of working in a busy environment and be self-driven when it comes to repetitive tasks.

The primary duty of this role will be to assemble equipment and conduct quality assurance checks. The equipment you will be working with includes some of our larger products (like the Spin Coater and UV Ozone Cleaner), as well as some of our smaller items (such as our series of test boards). Full training will be provided, but familiarity with electronics or mechanical tool usage is desirable.


Essential Requirements
  • Experience with mechanical tools
  • Understanding of engineering drawings
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Methodical & diligent work ethic
  • Good organisational & communication skills
  • Health & safety awareness
  • Attention to detail
  • Willing to learn new skills

Experience in any of the following:

  • Soldering
  • CAD programs
  • Quality Management practices
  • Microsoft Access and databases


The successful candidate will gain experience working in a small and friendly team, insight into the inner workings of a rapidly-growing SME, and an understanding of product development. You will be expected to work independently and quickly to ensure prompt manufacture of customer orders, and be diligent and alert in spotting and highlighting quality concerns. The ideal candidate will be capable of working effectively as part of a team, but also able to work on their own initiative and take responsibility to solve problems when required.

Working hours are 7 -16 hours per week (between Mon-Fri, 8am- 6pm) with the flexibility to fit around studies or other commitments. Additional hours may be available during holidays, and we are happy to accommodate leave for exams or key assignments.



To apply, send a CV and cover letter to

We are unable to sponsor Tier 2 UK work visas, therefore candidates must be eligible to work in the UK (either an EU national or valid UK visa holder).


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