Imerys, Cornwall – Laboratory Technician (Level 3)



Working for Imerys
Imerys offers opportunities to get the best out of you and make a real difference, to Imerys and to the wider world. You’ll be joining a challenging environment in which you can discover and foster your true talents. They'd be nothing without their amazing people. It’s their employees commitment to the business and capacity to think outside the box which drive Imerys forward each day. As world industry leaders with centuries’ worth of combined history in the mineral business, they're bound to be passionate about what they do.
What it's like being a Level 3 Laboratory Technician

Improving Imerys ability to meet their customer’s needs is one of their key priorities. Their Science & Technology teams work closely with the business and marketing teams to develop new products and technologies for new and existing customers. They have nine Technology Centers, employing over 300 highly-skilled researchers and technicians. Their objective is to create innovative solutions.

In your role, you will support the Quality Analysis Supervisor with:

The testing, analysis and interpretation of findings for the UK Hub and other business areas’ internal and external complaints and enquiries including; compiling accurate and precise reports with recommendations, where required, for corrective action
Providing a specialised sampling and testing service for the UK Hub, specific management system requirements and any other business areas, assisting also other Imerys laboratory teams in the analysis and identification of contaminants found in screened samples.
The maintenance and organisation of the annual sample storage facility. To include; reference samples retained in respect of annual samples, ensuring they are stored appropriately and that any analysis required are carried out and reported in a timely manner
Advise Product Quality Team, QC testing team and/or Operational teams of test results anomalies
Provide a service to Operations, in accordance with ISO9001 procedures and schedules, for the inspection of local clay storage facilities including the detailed reporting of non conformities
Carry out quality checks on customer trials, new development products, externally sourced clays used by Imerys and report results
Maintain a safe working environment by following Imerys’ Environmental and Health and Safety procedures, and ensure a thorough understanding and execution of the safe working practices detailed in site specific risk and COSHH Assessments
Follow Imeys’ protocols related to 5S within all working areas and actively use the Take 5 process
Provide cover and support to the Sample Despatch Section
Assist and support the Quality Control laboratory by gaining competency and carrying out various Imerys approved test methods



The ability to show an interest in construction, science or laboratory testing.


Ideally English, Maths and Science GCSE A-C grade or equivalent (however lower grades will be considered, so don’t be put off)
Full UK driving licence essential for on-site testing and sample collection

Skills and characteristics

Be able to work methodically and in a clean and organised manner
Be able to work both as part of a team and when required independently, and to demanding and changing priorities
Be able to work to Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality ISO9001:2015 procedures
Be flexible, punctual, reliable and takes responsibility for their own actions
Show respect for others, having regard for Diversity and Equality
Respond positively to change in a working environment
Be able to integrate within the team and support others
Have excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate in all directions
Be able to listen to others people’s opinions
Be able to follow instructions and guidance and demonstrate attention to detail
Seek opportunities to develop and adapt to different situations, environments and technologies

So how does the apprenticeship work?

At Tiro we’re obsessed with changing lives through science and technology apprenticeships so we can’t wait to have you on board.

Over 21 months, you’ll devote 20% of your 37.5 hours of working time towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician apprenticeship. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro as well as an experienced mentor at Imerys, who together, will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your career. The best part? You’ll be earning 10,500k a year while you learn.

Being an apprentice is hands-on, so you’ll get the chance to learn things you might otherwise not have experienced in a university or college environment.

Tiro and Imerys’ ultimate goal is to transform you into a fully competent technician, ideally open to accepting a full-time, permanent position within the Imerys team.

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Role overview

Wage: £10,500 per year

Hours per week: 37.5

Length: 21 months