Lab Analyst (e20006204) Reading, England

What is the purpose of the role?

An opportunity has arisen within the laboratories for a dedicated and diligent person to join the General Chemistry team. In this role, you will be responsible for the preparation and analysis of samples primarily by chemical techniques. You will determine chemical parameters, along with satisfying DWI, EA & UKAS (ISO17025, MCerts & DWTS) requirements as appropriate. Making sure that the service is delivered to time, cost and quality standards. You will also act as a coach, mentor and oversee the work of other analysts on an occasional basis.

What makes this role unique?

The role is based within the General Chemistry Team. It is essential that the team work together to deliver its analytical requirements and be ready to respond to changing customer demands as well as supplying the regulatory and statutory commitments of Thames Water. The post involves carrying out routine analysis within the potable chemistry team; particularly the analysis of physical parameters and nutrients. The successful candidate will be responsible for the supervision of highly automated robotic systems. There are further development opportunities within the wider chemistry team to learn waste-water and trade effluent techniques. There is a high level of investment in on the job training.

What will this role involve?

This role will involve:

Being responsible for sample preparation and instrumental analysis by using defined techniques to generate and report results for assigned analyses.

Once trained and deemed competent, you will be responsible for the day-to-day "BIRO" (bottle in result out) end-to-end process for defined analyses, along with assisting the Team Leader in methods for development and validation exercises.

Carrying out general activities that support the operation of the laboratory, including the calibration & maintenance of equipment, general housekeeping duties, team tasks and resource management.

Ensuring that health & safety policies, procedures, documentation and standards are adhered to.

Assisting the Team Leader in answering customer enquiries, providing ad-hoc services & incident responses.

Participating in the induction process for new starters and actively supporting new & junior colleagues.

Maintaining & monitoring method performance via AQC, system suitability & trend analysis.

Identifying and proactively addressing issues for assigned analyses, which therefore minimises repeat analysis.

Obtaining a good understanding of the roles of the Drinking Water Inspectorate, Environment Agency and UKAS with respect to the laboratories day-to-day function.

Supporting the Team Leader in identifying & implementing solutions to resolve quality issues.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who has a HNC level or equivalent in Chemistry or a closely related subject and/or Science A levels. Previous relevant work experience is preferred, along with a passion to develop and grow within this area of the business. You will have a good understanding of laboratory H&S systems, along with experience of laboratory quality control, regulation & audit. You will have knowledge of analytical techniques in this area and be able to provide coaching, mentoring and supervising to provide 'on-the-job' training to new and existing colleagues. You will have excellent communication skills and be able to work well as part of a team.

Thames Water information and salary details

This role is based in our Spencer House Laboratory in Reading. We are offering a basic salary of up to £22,000 depending on experience. Please note, due to the nature of this role you will be required to work a shift pattern of 1 weekend every 6 weeks.

Why Thames Water?
Thames Water is the UK's biggest water and sewerage company. We provide the essential service at the heart of daily life, health and enjoyment to 14 million customers across London and the Thames Valley.

On a typical day we supply 2.6 billion litres of top quality drinking water and our 350 sewage treatment works treat more than 4.2bn litres of waste-water. Our 85,000 miles of water mains and sewers would wrap around the world three-and-a-half times.
Thames Water values its staff as number one. The enormous scale of our work means we have to recruit and develop only the most talented candidates. Are you up to the challenge?
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 21/05/2014.