Lab Supervisor

3 days left

28000.00 - 30000.00 GBP Annual + Plus Benefits
26 Mar 2021
23 Apr 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
The Soufflet Group is a French, family-owned business, with a passion for adding value to agricultural raw materials.

France's top private cereal collector, the Group, is a major player in supplying arable farmers, and in the vine and wine sector and advises and supplies farmers, vine growers and wine makers. An agricultural and industrial company specialising in the first conversion of cereals, the Soufflet Group operates mainly in the wheat and barley sectors in France, Europe and Asia and more locally - Burton on Trent. With twenty five malt plants world-wide, the malting division of Soufflet is an important player on the world malt market and is Europe's top maltster and is now one of the top millers in Europe.

Due to our ongoing success and expansion, we are seeking to appoint a Lead Laboratory Technician to lead our medium sized laboratory and small lab team.

The laboratory works across the whole of our process, testing raw materials (barley) on receipt, testing product during processing plus final product testing to ensure it meets our customers' requirements and specifications prior to and post-delivery. In addition, we do periodic checks on water being used in the process and surface water discharge direct to a water course.

We are looking for a person with a passion for science who wants to join us to raise the standards, and efficiency of service the laboratory provides to both our customers and the site, and who prides themselves on providing first class products and performance.

For the right candidate, this is a chance to build a career within the laboratory and use the knowledge and experience gained to move across to other functions in the future such as continuous improvement processes and site auditing. It is therefore essential you have a methodical, calm and attention to detail mindset. Analysis is only half the story; you then need to be able to communicate your results well and work with others to bring an energised, improvement focus to resolve issues and raise quality.

We are looking for a quick learner, with the ambition and thirst to grow within this role rapidly, and who wants to develop the lab. We need a strong all rounder and someone who has the aptitude to lead and coach the team.

Therefore, ideally you will have laboratory-based work experience alongside a science-based qualification plus an understanding of working with a Quality Management System, trending data, and using KPI's-responding to changed priorities to support production needs.

What's on offer?

A very competitive starting salary of GBP28,000 - 30,000 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)

Generous holiday allowance of 34 days per annum including bank holidays

Company Bonus Scheme based on company and personal performance

Life insurance at 3 x basic salary

Private Medical Insurance (PMI)

Pension scheme

Free on-site parking

Career development

The ideal Lead Lab Technician will:

Hold a BSc degree or HND in Chemistry, Biology, Food Science or related discipline

Have a minimum of two-year experience as Lab Technician

Be proficient in the use of MS Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Ideally have some experience in the Malting or Brewing environment

Have a systematic nature and exemplary organisation skills

Have experience of coaching and mentoring and the aptitude to lead a team

Have the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with both technical and non-technical colleagues, having first-class interpersonal and communication skills.

Be self-motivated, proactive and pragmatic

Be agile to change, a collaborative team player and comfortable identifying needs, providing solutions and adding value

What will you be doing?

Responsible for managing day-to-day issues that may arise, leading and monitoring the team.

Supporting the QSE Manager with implementing strategic plans and improvements within the laboratory processes in line with requirements and the budget.

Maintaining and ensuring that all activity within the Laboratory are to the highest Health & Safety and Environmental standards

Maintaining and monitoring the performance of laboratory equipment, including calibration.

Maintaining procedures and records.

Ensuring consumables and equipment are available within the laboratory to ensure analysis can take place.

Ensuring prompt preparation and analysis of all incoming samples for testing as per customer and company requirements.

Managing sample storage

Collaborating with Operations, Quality, and Maintenance, to troubleshoot product defects or processing issue.

Participating in Root Causes Analysis investigations and assisting with the implementation of effective corrective and preventative actions.

Participating as an active member on continuous improvement projects

Complying with all procedures, regulations and policies applicable.

Working hours:

This is a 40 hour a week role, working Monday to Friday, 8 hours a day, between the hours of 6am and 6pm on a rota basis. However, this is a 24/7 operational plant and therefore occasional out of hours and weekend work should be expected.

How to apply:

Please attach your most recent CV and a covering letter. When making your application, please make sure you include what makes you an excellent applicant for this role, and also include your salary expectations.

Please note:

While we would like to contact all our candidates, unfortunately, this is not possible so if you have not heard from us a week after the closing date, your application has been unsuccessful.

We may close this advert early should we get sufficient volume of quality candidates, so please do not delay sending in your application.

We do not accept applications from recruitment agencies