Laboratory Technician

Date: 22-Jul-2021

Location: Bristol, GB

Company: Accolade Wines

Enrich Your Everyday

At Accolade Wines, our purpose is to enrich everyday moments through our amazing wine brands. It goes without saying that everything we do as an organisation and as individuals is in service of fulfilling this purpose.
As one of the world’s leading wine companies, our award-winning portfolio includes loved brands such as Hardys, Grant Burge, St Hallett, House of Arras, Petaluma, Banrock Station, Mud House, Jam Shed, Tatachilla, Brookland Valley and many more.

The driving force behind our business is our people, their expertise, their passion and their professionalism. With over 1,400 dedicated employees in Australia, the UK, Europe, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and North and South America, it is our teamwork that sets us apart.

About the role and location

We have a new opportunity for a  Laboratory Technician to join our Production team  at The Park site close to the M5 near Bristol.  
Working hours- annualised shift pattern (days & nights). This is a 12 month Fixed Term Contract. 

You will deliver in a flexible and timely manner, a range of laboratory services and technical support to provide the Winery with key information on the products it produces, thereby establishing standards on which quality performance can be measured. 
Responsible for all quality standards and testing of the bulk wine as well as packaged product produced on the line ensuring expected microbiological and organoleptic levels are achieved.
To be able to take responsibility on Quality decisions in the absence of the Quality/QC manager
To constantly challenge the standards in order to continuously improve and to oversee their application and maintenance. 
Work within the framework of the agreed team principles, fully supporting and working towards the achievement of the team objectives whilst ensuring cross functional relationships are developed

Key Accountabilities

  • To be competent in all analytical, microbiological, organoleptic and packaging testing techniques as per the Laboratory standard operational procedures.
  • To be competent and able to provide training of equipment operation and testing processes to both new and current employees across Quality, Production and process teams.
  • To use these techniques to carry out chemical, microbiological, organoleptic and packaging testing according to defined quality plans and report back results in a timely manner with recommendation for follow-up action where appropriate.
  • To be competent in the operation of all laboratory IT systems, JDA and JDE and record product test results in an accurate and timely manner, and be able to retrieve data from these systems to produce reports.
  • Proactively operate within a lean philosophy ensuring continuous improvements across all areas of business processes are achieved. Specific focus on delivering high standards on workplace organisation across the whole of Operations.
  • To ensure that all finished pack stock, including externally produced stock, releases are achieved in a timely manner as requested and inform management of any potential supply issues. 
  • To raise non-conformance reports on all quality related issues, communicate these in a timely manner to relevant parties, and lead corrective actions within the Laboratory area to completion.  To suggest and implement preventative actions and to ensure these actions are communicated effectively across the relevant departments.

About you

  • You will have Experience in a laboratory environment, preferably in a food/beverage production company. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a science related subject
  • Manual Handling
  • COSHH experience

About the offer

In addition to a competitive salary we also offer a fantastic range of benefits
If this sounds like your next role please click on the apply button.  The closing date for the vacancy is  5th August 2021. 
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