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Graduate Job Northburn Industrial Services - Laboratory Analyst

Vacancy Type: Graduate Job
Employer: ScotGrad – Graduate Placements for Growing Businesses
Reference: Northburn02
Salary: £16,500  

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Location - Lanarkshire

Job summary

Northburn Industrial Services Ltd have an opportunity for a graduate to undertake a laboratory process review, gap analysis and submission to UKAS for accreditation. During this process, the graduate will also support the laboratory and analytical services to NIS (Coatbridge and Aberdeen) and NIS Sister Companies’ (Rapier and Cumbrian Storage). This is a 12 month placement, with view to permanent hire.

Job Description

Project Description

The present lab staff have a full workload and requires an additional resource. The graduate will undertake the review of the laboratory procedures and processes and benchmark United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) against requirements (gap analysis. This will be followed by the implementation of any changes or improvements prior to requesting accreditation from UKAS organisation/s. The graduate would be guided and supported by the NIS Senior Analyst and NIS Project Sponsor. 

The benefits of the project would be to gain

  • Benchmark the present Lab and processes
  • UKAS Accreditation of the Lab at Coatbridge
  • Improve cycle times for product and decision making, with positive impact on productivity
  • Reduce costs and time from sending samples to UKAS Lab in England (£20k per year)
  • Provide an excellent learning experience and training for the graduate, as part of the project is to understand and undertake tasks in all areas of the lab

Role Description

The primary role of the graduate placement (post holder) is to undertake a laboratory process review, gap analysis and submission to UKAS for accreditation during this process will also support the laboratory and analytical services to NIS (Coatbridge and Aberdeen) and NIS Sister Companies’ (Rapier and Cumbrian Storage). 

The post holder (placement) will be based at the laboratory facility at the NIS Coatbridge site and receive direction from the Senior Analyst (who reports and is responsible to the NIS Operations Manager) 
The placement and post holder will conduct a process review, gap analysis and submission for UKAS accreditation with the support of the business, to enable the development and understanding of the process and procedures the placement will also be trained and support the following

  • The post holder will conduct laboratory testing and analysis for samples of waste oil and refined waste oil products
  • The post holder will conduct laboratory testing and analysis for waste water (effluent and cooling tower), VOC emissions and VDU feedstock samples
  • Waste samples which are laboratory tested will be produced at stages of processing which include incoming (pre-acceptance), internal waste acceptance and outgoing refined oil waste products. 
  • Laboratory testing will be conducted for NIS (Coatbridge and Aberdeen), NIS Sister Companies’ (Cumbrian Storage and Rapier) and NIS customers
  • The post holder will conduct laboratory testing, collate, record and analyse results and present findings with conclusions to the Senior Analyst for discussion with the Operations Manager. 
  • The post holder will be responsible for the maintenance of the sample store including appropriate sample disposal
  • The post holder will contribute to the development of new laboratory methods and techniques
  • The post holder will maintain the laboratory facility, equipment and materials and adopt laboratory best practice

Primary Role

To co-ordinate UKAS accredited analysis of the laboratory and draft submission for approval and additionally contribute to

  • Pre-acceptance Analysis
  • Internal Waste Acceptance Analysis
  • Outgoing Refined Oil Product Testing
  • Waste Water Testing and Cooling Tower Waste Water Testing
  • VOC Emission Testing
  • Vacuum Distillation Unit Testing, Sample Storage
  • Analysis and Testing Development processes

Skills / Experience

Essential

  • Research Experience
  • Basic Laboratory Skills
  • Excellent time keeping and organisational skills
  • Ability to work independently or as a part of team with minimal supervision
  • Enthusiastic team worker
  • Willingness to learn and adaptable to varying condition
  • Comprehensive problem solving abilities
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Ideal

  • Laboratory and Analysis Experience
  • Strong observational skills that help effectiveness of the safety measures
  • Knowledge of protocols set by HSE laws to organisation’s operations
  • Advanced proficiency in most Microsoft office packages
  • A Sense of Humour

Qualifications

Essential - Science (or Waste Management) degree or similar 

Ideal - Master’s Degree in Waste Management or related Discipline

Benefits

Gain experience of benchmark the present Laboratory and processes, including experience of undertaking UKAS Accreditation processes and the improve cycle times for product and decision making, with positive impact on productivity. This will provide an excellent learning experience and training for the graduate, as part of the project is to understand and undertake tasks in all areas of the laboratory Unit.

As part of the TalentScotland Graduate Placement Programme, the candidate will benefit from support from the TSGPP team and will have access to a residential Leadership and Business skills training course.  You can find more information on our placement training pages.

All applications will be processed through the Talent Scotland Graduate Placement programme. Please direct all initial questions or enquiries to the Talent Scotland team.

Location: Scotland

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