Eurofins | BLC Leather, Northampton – Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

About the employer:

Eurofins | BLC is a world-leading technology business specialising in testing products such as footwear, handbags, furniture and jewellery for physical durability and content of restricted substances.

The Role:

Analysis of leathers, textiles and polymers for a wide range of restricted substances at low concentrations according to international test methods using various solvent extraction and matrix clean-up procedures to prepare the test samples followed by their analysis using advanced laboratory instrumentation.

  • Deconstructing consumer products such as shoes and handbags into their individual components
  • Cutting and grinding the product components and pre-production swatches using industrial grinding machinery
  • Accurately weighing specified amounts of the ground or chopped sample into a range of method-specific containers and labelling them with the unique sample identity and precise weight
  • Preparing liquid extracts from the samples using standardized solvent extraction and solid-phase extraction (SPE) clean-up procedures
  • Identifying and quantifying the specific restricted substances in the sample extracts using advanced analytical instrumentation such as gas chromatography with mass spectroscopy and electron capture (GC-MS and GC-ECD), liquid chromatography (HPLC), ion chromatography and UV-visible spectrophotometry
  • Processing the raw analytical data and maintaining analytical quality control charts
  • Maintaining a clean and tidy laboratory
  • Performing any other reasonable duties to assist the analytical testing team and the business.

Desired skills

  • Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively with colleagues
  • Adherence to the highest standards of precision, accuracy and record keeping for maintaining our UKAS accreditation for a wide range of methods
  • Initiative and an ability to multi-task and plan work effectively to meet strict deadlines
  • Competence in using Microsoft Office software

Desired qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade C or above must include English, Maths and Sciences
  • Ideal candidate a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent in a related subject such as Chemistry, Physics or Maths

Desired personal qualities

  • Positive attitude with a sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment reflecting the high sample volume of this market-leading commercial laboratory
  • Accountability and responsibility
  • A flexible approach to working additional hours when required
37.5 hours per week|
£14,000 per annum