The laboratory technician is responsible for Managing the Lab and carrying out Quality testing’s both online testing, raw material testing and product release testing.
You will report to the Quality Manager and you are responsible for collecting, analyse raw material and finished product samples against specification and in some cases to collect/log data e.g. Moisture content of raw materials or Data for Statistical Process Control. You will analyse both food and non-food materials to ensure good quality and specification are met. You will Supports Quality Manager and production team by managing Lab analysis and updating production team on analysis so relevant changes can be made.
2.0 Main Responsibilities and Description of Duties.
Your responsibilities will include:
• conducting and supporting scientific investigations and experiments
• raw material and finished product testing
• recording and analysing data from production operation (e.g Statistical Process Control)
• online testing of product and advice production if any issue is found
• planning, setting up and undertaking controlled experiments and trials
• writing Standard Operating Procedures for Lab and non-Lab areas
• collecting, preparing and/or testing samples
• maintaining, calibrating, cleaning and testing sterility of the equipment
• providing technical support to Production team and customers
• Registration of samples in our quality system (Pass-Fail) both when they are analysed and when they are released.
• Analysis and release of final materials produced in the production plant.
• Laieise with operators and Quality Manager if any deviation appears.
• Creates and sends certificates of conformance to customers.
• Helps with special projects related to Quality and any other areas where his/her help can be provided.
• Keeps laboratory supplies ready by inventorying stock; placing orders; verifying receipt.
• Keeps equipment operating by following operating instructions; troubleshooting breakdowns; maintaining supplies; performing preventive maintenance; calling for repairs.
• Documents information by maintaining daily logs and equipment record books.
• Resolves problems by examining and evaluating data; selecting corrective steps.
• Proposes ideas of improvement and help with the implementation in order to achieve the Quality System goals.
• presenting results to senior staff and customers
• writing reports, reviews and summaries
• carrying out quality visual checks within the Factory
• ordering and maintaining stock and resources for Lab use
• implementing micro schedule by collecting and sending out micro samples to external Lab
Qualifications and training required
Both university graduates and school leavers can become lab technicians. Graduates will need a degree in a relevant scientific subject such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry or physics. They will typically start off as a laboratory technician and work their way up to a more senior research and development role.
A school leaver can apply for an apprenticeship or an entry-level role. Typically, you’ll need GCSEs or Standard Grades and you might also need A levels or Scottish Highers, including a scientific subject. With experience, a school leaver could progress to this.
Key skills for laboratory technicians
• Positive attitude
• A strong team player with good teamworking skills
• Independence with good intuition
• Meticulous attention to detail
• Excellent mathematical, written and oral communication skills
• Analytical skills
• Good Time management and can multi task