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Posted Date:  31-Jan-2023
Posting End Date:  13 - Feb - 2023
Location:  Staffordshire
Company:  Severn Trent Water
Department:  Water Quality & Environment
Salary (£):  Starting salary of £25,313.60

Laboratory Scientist





Want to do the best work of your life? Playing your part in making a big difference to the environment and communities we serve. Our people make Severn Trent a truly exciting and inclusive place to work – a place where you can be yourself and let your skills shine.


Our purpose is taking care of life’s essentials, but we’re also big on making a difference, not just because we should but because we care.


Which is why we are excited to announce a new opportunity to join our team as a Laboratory Scientist on a 6 months secondment in Shropshire. You’ll be responsible for undertaking microbiological analysis of drinking water and associated samples from water treatment works, service reservoirs, customer taps and catchment surveys which deliver regulatory commitments to the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI). You will need knowledge of Water Quality testing procedures and standards ensuring that all aspects of testing are carried out using the correct processes and methods.


Working Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 09.00 – 18:45 with standby.You’ll be responsible for the analysis of high volume, complex work streams, using the Laboratory LIMS system to report results and ensure samples are tested within the required priority deadlines and to the highest standard of Water Quality testing to ensure public health is protected.


Are you a Laboratory Scientist with an analytical, methodical mindset who can work as part of a team and communicate at all levels both internally and externally?


Well if you are, read on…





The key accountabilities of this role will include:


  • Interpreting, checking, and reporting analytical data and analytical quality controls in accordance with QMS requirements, whilst having the ability to identify atypical results, investigate and respond appropriately.


  • Ensuring that all aspects of work are carried out using the correct procedures, processes and methods documented within the QMS to ensure compliance with ISO17025 and Regulatory Standards.


  • Having a good understanding of laboratory processes, allowing identification and interpretation of atypical results or scenarios to ensure the correct action is taken.


  • Having rapid escalation and completion of non-conforming work investigations identifying the root cause and implementing corrective and preventative actions. 


  • Assisting with the training, coaching, and mentoring of colleagues. 


  • Maintaining DWI and ISO 17025 competency requirements by participation in; external proficiency testing schemes meeting the required pass rate, maintenance of Continued Professional Development record (CPD), producing AQC data, and method witness audits. 


  • Incident & standby response requires ability to identify correct analysis parameters and technical support with evaluation of results





Of course, it’s important that we attract the right skill sets, and those with the right experience but we value character, positivity, and a caring attitude in equal weight.


Apart from being a great fit for the team you’ll ideally have a minimum of six months lab experience, 5 higher grade GCSE’s or equivalent and a minimum of HNC, HND, NVQ Level 3 in relevant Chemistry / Biology subject or equivalent. It is desired if you have a higher qualification in a scientific discipline or have a membership with a professional body. 


You’ll need to have an analytical, methodical mindset and the ability to communicate and work effectively as part of a team. You’ll also need strong IT and problem-solving skills and good attention to detail with the ability to keep accurate records.


We welcome people from all walks of life and celebrate individuality as we know diverse minds, experiences and backgrounds help us to learn and better serve our communities. We employ thousands of people from across our community who really care about what they do. Because that is how we do what we do.


And when it comes to inclusion, we’re making sure we keep up the progress with our wonderful working groups – LGBTQ+, Women in Operations & STEM, Disability and Ethnicity, who help us do just that.


We do more, because we care.





It’s not just a job you’ll get here, you’ll get a career too. We have a range of benefits that reward and recognise great work and award-winning training to ensure you reach your potential. And we’ll also help you play your part in looking after the environment and the community in which we live.  Here’s some of our favourites:


  • Starting salary of £25,313.60


  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays (and the ability to buy/ sell up to 5 days per year)


  • Annual bonus scheme (of up to £1,500 per annum based on company performance)


  • Leading pension scheme – we will double your contribution (up to 15% when you contribute 7.5%)


  • Sharesave – the chance to buy Severn Trent Plc shares at a discounted rate


  • Dedicated training and development with our ‘Academy’


  • Electric vehicle scheme and retail offers


  • Family friendly policies


  • Two volunteering days per year





Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can’t wait to hear from you.


To find out more about working with us, search #LifeatSevernTrent on social media.