What is the purpose of the role?
In short, ensure the company is providing wholesome drinking water to our 15 million customers. The Microbiology Analyst's role involves analysis of samples in a fast turnaround environment. The department's principle analyses include tests for indicator organisms e.g. E.coli / coliforms, ACC's and membrane filtration e.g. enterococci and Cl. perfringens. However, the department also carry out a variety of other analysis such as taste & odour, Cryptosporidium & Giardia testing as well as the analysis of raw waters for algae and other biological quality indicators.
What makes this role unique?
This is an opportunity to put your skills into action in our labs. Testing over 2 million samples a year and providing the highest quality drinking water to the Thames Water region. This role really puts you at the heart of the business as you join a team dedicated to providing excellent customer service. Our labs are a key part of the business which allows us to monitor that our drinking water is safe and clean and that our waste product is treated in the correct way. Not only do we analyse samples from our customers' homes but also from abstraction, through our sites and into supply. Our Labs have won awards for health and safety and all of our teams are dedicated to meeting this exceptional standard.
What will this role involve?
On a day to day basis you're responsible analysing samples within a defined area to meet UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service), Environment Agency and DWI (Drinking Water Inspectorate) standards and relevant H&S HSE (Health and Safety Executive) standards.
Producing, recording, maintaining and verifying data within a highly regulated UKAS accredited Laboratory. This will involve running a variety of automated and manual Lab techniques, relevant to the water industry.
Carrying out basic maintenance of this equipment.
Working in a highly regulated environment giving an excellent customer service to everyone you meet.
Working with quality management systems to ISO 17025 and automated data handling.
As part of the team you will be required to work in a weekend rota inc. some bank holidays) and a standby rota.
What are we looking for?
There isn't a one-size-fits-all in our Labs, we like different. Our teams are made up of a wide variety of people from different background, they may have just finished A-levels or be knowledgeable professionals with plenty of experience working in labs. To be a Lab Analyst there are some minimum educational requirements. You will need an A level in a science discipline and a grade B in GCSE Maths (or equivalent). For this role you'll need to be able to follow strict instructions and guidelines. You will be a self-motivated perfectionist and thrive on delivering exceptional results. You will be comfortable in carrying out routine tests and analysis. This role would suit someone who is comfortable with repetitive work but has a real passion for working in a lab. You will be constantly looking for ways to improve both yourself and processes, and will be comfortable in putting your ideas forward. You'll have the customer at the heart of everything you do and will value being part of a team who deliver exceptional customer service.
Thames Water information and salary details
This role is based at our Spencer House Lab in Reading, offering a salary of £20,400 per annum. This is a permanent job working 38 hours per week on a rolling 6-week pattern, consisting of four weeks of working approximately 08:30 - 17:30. This is followed by two weeks of working approximately 14:00 - 22:00 which benefits from a 10% shift allowance. There is also a requirement to work weekends (approx. 1 in 5) and participate in a callout rota to provide out of hours analysis (approx. 1 week in 15), which is paid as overtime. Our competitive salary package includes an excellent contributory pension and holiday scheme and a wider benefits scheme which includes an annual pay review, season ticket loans and loyalty awards for continuous service plus discounts at a wide range of retailers via Benefits on Taps. We also offer 2 paid volunteering days per year.
Thames Water is an equal opportunity, Disability Confident, and Stonewall diversity champion employer.
Closing Date: The closing date for applications is 17/07/18.