Trainee Forage Scientist
Trainee Forage Scientist – based in Lytham, Permanent Role – Salary £16-20K (based upon experience)
Working for the The Tangerine Group which is a privately held company based in Lytham. Within the group are ten limited companies, each operating as stand-alone entities. We specialise in the manufacture and sales of animal health and nutrition products for farm and companion animals, including veterinary and equine products.
Key Responsibilities: –
- Ensuring delivery of forage analysis service to time, cost and quality
- Logging receipt of samples and keeping organised and detailed electronic and hard-copy records of all reports generated. Conducting accurate analysis on fresh grass and silage using NIRS and ICP-OES techniques. Writing informative and scientifically accurate forage reports based on NIRS and mineral analysis results. Interpretation of rumen audits and the subsequent generation of rumen reports.
- Maintain stock levels of chemicals and laboratory consumables. Maintain supplies of rumen audit/forage sampling kits and distribution of these to RSMs / agents when required.
- Ensure compliance with the FAA group’s guidelines by conducting test analysis and reporting results. Represent Tangerine Holdings at FAA meetings and industry events/trade shows.
- Generation of relevant statistical data on the forage analysis service when required.
- Write and review SOPs as and when required.
- Develop new methods and perform non-routine analysis using the equipment in the FAS laboratory. Investigation and development of new methods to make use of any spare equipment capacity in the FAS laboratory.
- Answering technical enquiries as required.
- Attend R&D meetings. Prepare and deliver presentations to a broad spectrum of delegates. Document all meeting notes/action points and follow up as agreed.
- Follow current SOPs covering all aspects of development and analysis, where applicable.
- To keep the laboratory and office work area clean and tidy in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice (according to laboratory procedures). All instruments and equipment should be cleaned and calibrated at regular intervals and maintained in good working order.
The post-holder will have:
- A minimum 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in an analytical science (chemistry, biochemistry) or related discipline
- Laboratory experience (previous analytical lab experience advantageous)
- Good quality IT skills to include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Highly developed interpersonal and team skills.
- Articulate communication – both verbal and written.
- Passion for continuous learning
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Driving licence advantageous.
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Apply online for immediate consideration.