Graduate Trainee - Laboratory

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    AddressTheale, West Berkshire

Hichrom, part of VWR/Avantor has been firmly established in the field of chromatography for over 30 years, specialising in the development, manufacture and supply of high quality chromatography products, servicing both the UK and overseas markets. During this time, we have built up a strong reputation amongst chromatographers for technical expertise, speed of delivery and competitive pricing.

We have a vacancy for a Graduate Trainee to join us at our Site in Reading / Hichrom.

In this role, you will be working on an early shift (0600am – 1415pm).

Salary: £21,500 plus £10 shift allowance per day for each shift worked.

Reporting to: Laboratory Production Manager

Job duties and responsibilities:

* To ensure both your own and your colleague’s safety, by working in accordance to all relevant Production and Environmental, Health & Safety procedures, promptly reporting any incidents or accidents to a manager

* To undertake process operations as directed by a manager, in accordance with all relevant production procedures and process instructions

* Follow process procedures diligently, and give feedback for process improvements

* All work areas to be kept clean to ensure an uncontaminated and organised environment

* Perform basic routine maintenance and report any issues to the Facilities Manager to minimise instrument downtime.

* Communicative effectively with supervisors and colleagues, particularly supporting colleagues to cover workload during breaks and across shifts

* Initial training aimed at column manufacture, with accelerated progression to cover a wide range of products and production techniques

* Additional training opportunities within the Bonded Materials, R&D/Applications and Technical Support departments, with possible future career opportunities within these departments

* Participation in company run HPLC seminars


* Good level of education, including English and Maths.

* Chemistry degree (2:1 or above)

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies:

* Strong practical skills.

* Ability to work as part of a team, as well as being self-motivated and being able to use initiative.

* Capability to prioritise workload and multi-task.

* High level of attention to detail.

* Ability to understand and follow Health & Safety instructions.

* A commitment to quality standards and the importance of following procedures.

* Resilience to work under sustained pressure.

Environmental working conditions & Physical effort:

This role is predominantly laboratory based however some degree of lifting and heavy work is likely with the daily moving of equipment, machinery and supplies.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with a job