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Laboratory Analyst

Posted 30 days ago by Pertemps
Location Reading Job Type Permanent
Salary £20400 - £27600 per annum Sector Miscellaneous
About the role:

An opportunity has arisen within the laboratories for a dedicated and diligent person to join the Inorganic analytical team based at the Spencer House Laboratory in Reading.
You will be responsible for the analysis of samples within a defined area to all UKAS and DWI standards and relevant Health & Safety standards. The role responsibilities include:
  • Carrying out routine and non-routine analytical work.
  • Produce, record, maintain and verify data within a highly regulated UKAS accredited laboratory.
  • This will involve running a variety of automated and manual laboratory techniques, relevant to the water industry.
  • A desire to provide a high-quality cost-effective service to all customers is essential.
  • The candidate must observe and follow all relevant Health and Safety procedures and protocols, within the laboratory. This will include the routine use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Carry out routine and non-routine analytical work, in line with the requirements of a highly regulated, DWI and ISO 17025, laboratory.
  • Be able to follow written procedures in all aspects of the role.
  • Carry out basic maintenance of analytical equipment.
To be successful you will have the following skills and experience:

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all in our labs, we like different. Our teams are made up of a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. What we are looking for:
  • A degree/HNC in chemistry or a related subject, although a suitable candidate with A level chemistry would be considered.
  • Experience in an analytical laboratory would be useful, however all training will be provided.
  • Communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Flexibility, the ability of both individual and team working, and computer literacy are essential.
  • As part of the team you will be required to work in a weekend rota (inc. some bank holidays)
  • Deal with internal and external customers in a polite and professional manner.
  • Able to work to tight deadlines.
What’s in it for you:

The role is within a fast-moving quick turn round laboratory which must respond constantly to changing customer demands as well as supplying the regulatory and statutory commitment of the company. The post involves the supervision of highly automated state of the art equipment, with a very high level of investment in on job training of yourself and the team around you. We work in a highly regulated environment giving excellent experience with business management systems, IT and data handling. The development of new techniques and the range of samples provided gives a challenging chemical analysis environment that will stretch, both knowledge and attitude. The role involves a large team interaction as well as individual work, and the knowledge that the person is providing results which protect both public health and the environment.

Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension, a minimum of 24 days holiday per year increasing to a maximum of 28 days depending on grade and length of service and a wider benefits scheme. This includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans, voucher scheme giving you money off in major retail outlets, loyalty awards for continuous service plus much more, including our refer-a-friend bonus, where you can receive up to £1,000 for helping someone get a permanent position within the company. 

We’re also proud to be here for our local community, offering all of our teams two days paid volunteer leave a year, as well as proudly supporting a lot of local events and charities. 

About us:

Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and wastewater company. We make a daily difference to millions of customers by supplying 2.7 billion litres of world-class water to around 10 million homes.  

As our world changes, the need to take care of our most precious resource is greater than ever, both locally and globally. That’s why, at Thames Water, every one of our actions, big and small, matters every day. Water is essential to daily life, and that means our business is always open. We’re passionate about providing world-class tap water, now and for the future.

We’re also turning poo into power, self-generating 20% of the energy we use and, in turn, doing our bit for the planet. We’re reducing plastic waste by celebrating our tap water and rolling out an ambitious water fountain project. We’re using our voice to lobby for change and partnering with WaterAid to provide clean water to the world’s poorest communities.

Together, we’re building a better future for our customers, our region and our planet.
Thames Water is a unique, rewarding and diverse place to work. If you join our team, you’ll enjoy fast-tracked career opportunities, flexible working arrangements and unparalleled benefits. We’re also proud to be an equal opportunity employer, Stonewall Diversity Champion and Disability Confident Leader, welcoming individuals from all walks of life and leading the way with an award-winning mental health and wellbeing strategy.

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