R&D Lab Technician

Date: 16-Jan-2023

Location: Hemel Hempstead, GB, HP2 4TZ

Company: Britvic



At Britvic we’re on a journey to become the most dynamic soft drinks company. As one of the UK’s leading players in the FMCG market we pride ourselves on setting high standards, being courageous and pushing ourselves to think outside the bottle.
We offer consumers a range of family favourite and global premium brands such as Robinsons, Tango, J20, R Whites & London Essence. We exist to help people enjoy life’s everyday moments.
Our R&D team is uniquely positioned to shape the future of soft drinks by bringing breakthrough innovation to life. We’re people-centred and deeply collaborative to unlock innovation and growth against our four strategic priorities:
  • Build local favourites and global premium brands
  • Flavour billions of water occasions
  • Healthier People, Healthier Planet
  • Access new growth spaces
Our R&D team consists of highly trained scientists and professionals who work collaboratively with internal and external expert partners. Our team use science and technology to transform the future of soft drinks, creating products and packaging that help our consumers to ‘enjoy life’s everyday moments’ with a positive impact on environment and society.
As a laboratory technician within R&D your role will be spent working alongside and supporting our innovation scientists and product developers in our implementation teams. You will enable the journey from idea to product solution for both new launches and improvements to existing products. Your primary responsibilities will include lab scale production which requires focus and attention to detail to deliver right first time.
Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
  • Prepare and test lab batches to assure that they are made exactly to specification for the purposes of stability testing, sensory profiling, consumer research and factory validation.
  • Maintain the stock of laboratory consumables.
  • Maintain all raw material libraries and ensure libraries are up-to-date on costings and supplier
  • information working closely with procurement.
  • Maintain preparation and testing equipment in the Product Development lab(s).
  • Book samples in with the micro and analyitical teams for analysis.
  • Ensure that the laboratory, storerooms and equipment are maintained to the appropriate hygiene and housekeeping standards supporting 5S.
  • Create and maintain Lab SOPs and ensure documentation alignment with the wider technical team.
  • Work with the innovation, product development and pilot plant teams to ensure efficient novel
  • ingredient processing and scale up.
  • Provide training as part of the lab induction for new lab users.
  • Complete RCA in order to problem solve and trouble shoot.
  • Ensure that all work is carried out in compliance with the company standards, Quality Management systems and specifications and that good laboratory and hygiene practises are maintained. All elements of the role must be carried out in a safe manner and conform to health and safety requirements
Knowledge and Skills 
  • Knowledge of laboratory operation and use of laboratory equipment & processing is essential.
  • Experienced in performing routine analytical testing methods to support product accuracy.
  • Experienced in food processing and have an appreciation for the various processing methods to assure
  • food safety.
  • Appreciation of ingredient functionality and the role of ingredients in product matrices.
  • Understand GMP and food and beverage regulations.
  • Experienced in 5S
  • Understanding of root cause analysis to problem solve and fault find.
  • Experience of HACCP and COSHH.
  • Working knowledge of IT systems such as MS Office essential.
  • Experienced in effective time management, with the ability to prioritise accordingly
We believe we are stronger together and that’s why we’re committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees. We know that by building a truly inclusive environment where everyone feels celebrated, safe and respected - diversity and wellbeing will naturally thrive