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Laboratory Analyst

Date:  05-Aug-2022
Company:  DWR Cymru Cyfyngedig Welsh Water Plc
City:  Chester

Chester, Wales, GB, CH4 0DA

Job Requisition Number                              3446                                                                              
Work Type Temporary - 31st January 2023
Job Function Scientist
Salary Range  £26,466 - £30,072
Base Bretton

Who we are


Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water keep 3 million people healthy each day with safe, reliable water, and take away wastewater to clean, before returning it safely to our beautiful rivers and seas.

To be able to deliver high quality, essential services which help to protect the health of our customers, colleagues and our environment, we need the right people to deliver on our vision.  This is achieved by living our core values and demonstrating the core behaviours that underpin them.  The security of our people, assets and information is key to us, so we are looking for people who understand and comply with the company’s required security objectives.

We know that the most successful teams are the most diverse teams. Equality, diversity and inclusion provide the very foundation to our culture at Welsh Water. We want every individual to feel confident, proud and able to bring their whole selves to work. 

To ensure an improved representation in our workforce, applications are particularly welcome from minority groups including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people, Females, LGBT+, non-binary and people with disabilities. Together we continue to build a workplace that not only celebrates the diverse voices of our colleagues but also represents each customer we serve.

In essence, ours is a company based on trust, openness, respect, commitment and honesty. A company that our colleagues are proud to work for.

What you’ll be responsible for


Key tasks and responsibilities:


  • Effectively monitoring water quality for the purpose of protecting public health.
  • Analysing water samples using a variety of techniques and instrumentation to comply with UK regulations.
  • Critically evaluate scientific data and accurately report results onto LIMS within agreed timescales in order to satisfy regulators and operations delivery.
  • Basic troubleshooting and equipment maintenance and ensure quality and efficiency of instrumentation.
  • Responsibility for at least one basic laboratory method including associated method and AQC review.
  • Work within the framework of the Quality Policy following strict guidelines covering technique, process and reporting including accurate record keeping, to ensure compliance with ISO 17025 standards.
  • Follow health and safety procedures to maintain a safe working environment and comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • Providing support to the wider business on matters of sample analysis and reporting of results.


You will be working on a seven day rota which covers weekdays, weekends and standby, with a supportive team.  This is a great opportunity to develop your skills and experience and progress your career. Provisional five week pattern:

Week 1: Mon – Fri 08:00 – 16:00 
Week 2: Mon – Fri 08:00 – 16:00 (14:00 finish on Friday)
Week 3: Mon – Fri 12:00 – 20:00
Week 4: Mon – Fri 12:00 – 20:00
Week 5: Mon – Fri 12:00 – 20:00 (Includes On Call)
              Sat 09:00 – 17:00 (Includes On Call)
              Sun 09:00 – 17:00 (Includes On Call)

Who you’ll work with


  • Laboratory colleagues
  • Wider water quality team
  • Operational managers
  • Samplers
  • On call teams

About you


Experience, Qualifications and Skills:


  • Education to degree level or equivalent in microbiology, biology, chemistry or parasitology subject
  • Previous laboratory experience in a UKAS accredited environment is required, familiar with laboratory techniques and equipment, including maintenance
  • Knowledge of Maldi-Tof and/or Flow Cytometry analysis
  • Good computing skills
  • Practical, methodical and able to follow detailed written instructions with attention to detail
  • Good Working knowledge of COSHH and Health and Safety
  • Team working
  • Able to prioritise and plan workload

Good to know


Potential interview dates 24th and 25th August or 2nd September.


Fixed term until 31st January 2023 with potential to extend for one year.


We reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.



As well as a market competitive salary and 33 days annual leave (pro rata, including public holidays), we offer a range of employee benefits including:


  • Variable pay schemes (your salary will always stay the same, but depending on the performance of the company you could receive a yearly bonus)
  • Enhanced employer pension contributions – Up to 11%
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Progression opportunities, including the ability to apply for funded training and coaching and mentoring programmes
  • Reduction on gym memberships and high street shopping
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car-leasing scheme
  • Health CashBack scheme
  • An employee assistance programme for employees and their immediate family


Whilst also working for a not-for profit company that truly cares about earning the trust of customers every day and about looking after our beautiful environment.





Dŵr Cymru Cyf, a limited company registered in Wales No. 2366777. Registered office: Linea, Fortran Road, St. Mellons, Cardiff CF3 0LT

© Dŵr Cymru Cyf 2019.

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