Laboratory Technician (Shift Work)

England, Somerset, Bridgwater
Up to £23000 per annum + Benefits
04 May 2018
01 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
About the Role
This role is required to follow a rotating shift working pattern - 4 on and 4 off (2 days followed by 2 nights) for 7 weeks , followed by an 18 day break.

This is an important role within our busy Laboratory team helping to ensure the highest standards of food safety for our many soft drinks, fruit juices and carbonated drinks products. You will report to the Laboratory Manager and you are part of our Technical team focused on Food Safety from a microbiological perspective.

Working with colleagues from Production (Operations) and communicating with external sample testing suppliers you will test product (including Raw Material) samples, inputting and maintaining data relating to these tests.

The working hours for this role are 39 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

About You
As a Laboratory Technician we would prefer that you have food safety or food technology related qualifications and we believe it is very important that you have experience of working in a Laboratory environment within food and drinks manufacturing.

As you will have to communicate and interact with many colleagues from Production and also deal with our external Laboratory testing suppliers, you will be a strong and positive communicator both written and verbally, and display a real passion and energy for what you do.

At Refresco we work at a fast pace, with high energy and enthusiasm, we welcome new ideas and approaches, and we go about our business in a very professional way, paying meticulous attention to the details. We would like you as a Laboratory Technician to work in this way too.

There are good career progression opportunities for you too as we are a growing organisation.

About Us
Our drinks on every table. That's our vision. So, yes, it's safe to say we're ambitious. We're thirsty for more, constantly looking to the future. To new products, new services, new markets, new customers. Through our people applying our core values of 'Responsible', 'Entrepreneurial', 'Excellent', 'Market Driven' and 'Innovative' we have grown substantially since 1999 and we will continue to be successful.
Refresco is the world's largest independent bottler soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and branded customers. With production in Europe, North America and Mexico our global sourcing and local R&D capabilities offer an almost unlimited variety of products, manufactured to customer specifications and requirements.
Refresco offers an extensive range of product and packaging combinations from 100% fruit juices, vegetable juices, nectars, water and water +, CSD (carbonated soft drinks), energy and sports drinks, seasonal and speciality drinks and RTD (ready to drink) tea carton, PET, Aseptic PET, cans and glass.
In addition to the efficiency of our bottling processes, we can also provide our customers with total supply chain solutions - from planning and sourcing of raw materials and packaging through to warehousing and transportation.
We focus on providing high customer service levels as well as core innovations through the introduction of new packages, flavours and varieties of soft drinks and fruit juices. In (co-)designing new products, we share extensive knowledge of market trends, local consumer preferences, product formulas, raw materials, and new production technologies.
We are able to develop new concepts and bring these to market in an extremely short time frame.
Our head office is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Acquisition of Cott Beverages bottling activities
On January 30, 2018 Refresco announced completion of the acquisition of the bottling activities of Cott Beverages.
In combining Refresco's strong European capabilities and Cott's strength in the UK and North America, Refresco almost doubles its production volume to approximately 12 billion litres. The combination provides customers access to seamless service across geographies and an unrivalled production platform with access to all non-alcoholic beverages categories.
2016 performance figures Refresco & Cott Beverages combined:
11.6 billion litres, 2 billion cases
3.6 billion Euros revenue ($US 4 billion)
345 m Euros profit ($US 382 million)
9,500 people
12 countries
59 locations
In the UK, Refresco Beverages UK has our headquarters in Kegworth, Derbyshire, employs 1800 people across 6 sites (Bridgwater, Kegworth, Nelson, Bondgate, Wrexham & Macduff). We work with all the leading UK retailers including Tesco, ASDA, Morrison's, Sainsbury, ALDI and Lidl to produce their private labels and with branded customers such as Innocent, Ocean Spray, Weetabix, Del Monte and Um Bongo. We have packaging capability in Cartons, PET, Aseptic PET and Cans.

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