RSSL: Senior Technician - Wet Chemistry

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is a leading edge science consultancy offering research, analysis, training and consultancy to our clients globally, primarily blue chip food and pharmaceutical companies. We do with passion, integrity and service to exceed expectations and deliver enhanced value to our clients.

Not only that but we’re supporting our parent company – Mondelēz International – where we operate as the Reading Science Centre. That means we’re both agile and autonomous whilst enjoying the development and growth of being connected to the biggest snacking company in the world.

Purpose of the Role:

In RSSL we are customer focused, science led and results driven. The RSSL Pharmaceutical Chemistry laboratory performs a wide range of analytical analyses for a variety of food, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and supports Mondelez research and innovation.

This role is to be responsible for performing a range of routine and investigative analyses ensuring that projects are completed effectively and meet the customer’s contractual agreements. Perform chemical analysis and report work in accordance with the quality standards. This role focuses on the analysis of products using wet chemistry techniques. Supervise and train junior members of the team as required. Occasional client contact and administrative support for laboratory management is also required.

Main responsibilities:


Provide high quality customer service at all times by ensuring effective organisation of assigned workload, integrity of analytical data generated and timely/accurate provision of results.
Perform a range of routine analysis using wet chemistry techniques under minimal supervision of a senior member of staff.
Perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting of lab equipment.
Perform transcription checking for factual data (e.g. reagents).
Be proficient in the use of generic and specific software packages required for the role: Laboratory’s LIMS system, Q-Pulse and OpenLab.
Provide training in routine activities and methods.
Take responsibility as required for elements of specific projects and/or specific areas of general laboratory/sample administration.
Will be expected to work in different laboratories if the demand is required.

Communication & Influence:

Work as part of an efficient analytical team.
Participate in the preparation of client quotes.
Deliver internal presentations across groups.

Leadership and supervision:

Supervise and train a junior member of the team as required.


Work to the highest standards of safety and quality by ensuring that appropriate COSHHs, risk assessments and SOPs are understood and followed.
To complete assigned quality actions on a timely manner.
Assist with the documentation of SOPs for simple equipment and tests and generation of Risk Assessments and COSHH.
To maintain a clean, tidy and safe working environment.
To understand and work to the requirements of GMP and UKAS.
Ensure training records are accurate.


Candidate Requirements:

Knowledge: including education, qualifications and training
Educated to Degree in a relevant scientific discipline or equivalent relevant experience in a laboratory.
Good understanding of basic/HPLC lab equipment (Preferred).

Skills/Leadership Competencies:

Accountable, honest, hardworking and able to work efficiently in a team.
Flexible and adaptable to meet customer/business requirements.
Meticulous attention to detail and an ability to follow written instructions.
Good written and verbal communication skills.
Self-motivated, enthusiastic and quick to learn.
Able to organise own work to maximise output.
Well organized and capable of working on multiple activities concurrently.
Computer literate in standard MS office applications.


Practical experience in HPLC and wet chemistry techniques (Preferred).
Scientific understanding and ability to conduct chemical analysis in relevant area under supervision.
Experience of working in a regulated environment (Preferred).


Fluent in English, written and spoken.

We pride ourselves on having a high performing and collaborative culture where we offer support and development to enhance your career and develop your knowledge and skills.

In return for your commitment, drive and enthusiasm, we offer an attractive benefits package within a highly successful International business that offers financial rewards and resources, including bonus scheme, contributory pension, life assurance, generous holiday allowance and a flexible benefits programme.

Please be aware that this role may require handling of materials that may contain chemicals, solvents and allergens, and the appropriate protective wear will be supplied.

Application Instructions: 

To apply for this role please visit RSSL's careers pages and select this vacancy:

Application Closing Date: 
13 December