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Chemistry Team Leader (12 Months)

Date:  01-Nov-2022
Company:  DWR Cymru Cyfyngedig Welsh Water Plc
City:  Newport

Newport, Wales, GB, NP10 8UG

Job Requisition Number                              3737                                                                              
Work Type Temporary 12 Months Fixed Contract
Job Function Scientist
Salary Range

£36,062.00 -£41,222.00 

+ annual salary uplift

+ annual cost of living increase + bonus


Closing Date


Glaslyn (Newport, South Wales)

23:55 on 14/11/2022

To be held ASAP


Who we are



Our careers website 


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. Hear what our own people have to say in the following video!


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



As a credible member of the Quality Policy and Compliance team, you will:

  • Provide a trusted, high quality service to customers, regulators and other external stakeholders, supporting the organisations vision to ‘earn the trust of our customers every day’.
  • Ensure that sampling and analysis are carried out independently to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 and that the company’s statutory and regulatory responsibilities with regard to drinking water and wastewater are met and the regulatory risk to the business is managed effectively.



Key tasks and responsibilities Include: 

  • Supervise a team of Analysts and /or Technicians within the Chemistry Department in support of the Department Manager
  • Ensure that all relevant Health and Safety and Environmental standards are adhered to within the Laboratory.
  • Analyse water samples using a variety of Chemistry methods and using a variety of techniques and instrumentation to comply with UK regulations
  • Manage staff resources on daily basis to ensure all analyses and other tasks are completed on time.
  • Support the Chemistry Department Manager and where required deputise in their absence.
  • Provide support to the Quality Assurance Manager during audits.
  • Monitor water quality for the purpose of protecting public health
  • Critically evaluate scientific data and accurately report results onto LIMS within agreed timescales in order to satisfy regulators and operations delivery.
  • Troubleshooting and basic equipment maintenance and ensure quality and efficiency of instrumentation.
  • Work within the framework of the Quality Management System, following strict guidelines to covering technique, process and reporting including accurate record keeping compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 DWTS. 
  • Follow health and safety procedures to maintain a safe working environment and comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • Review methods, COSHH and risk assessments
  • Review, check suitability and authorise results 
  • Responding to incidents and emergencies, co-ordinating resources and staff effectively to deliver timely, accurate data for incident management purposes. 


About you


Experience, Qualifications and Skills


  • Technical background, qualified to degree level (preference will be given to a scientific degree). (equivalent relevant experience may be considered as an alternative to formal qualifications)
  • Good understanding and experience of  computer packages including  Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Previous relevant experience in working within an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving abilities
  • Experience in leadership and supervision.
  • Understanding COSHH and Health and Safety regulations, and experience in producing risk assessments.
  • Knowledge of the Potable Water Industry.
  • Membership of a professional body, ideally at chartered status.


Good to know



*In order for your application to be considered for this role, please apply fully via the below link to our careers website*

Please note, we may close this role sooner if required. We may also extend the original closing date depending on interest.



Location: lab based at Glaslyn Lab in Newport, South Wales.

Shift Pattern: M-F 8am-4pm

Standby: 1 in 6 weekends and during standby weeks, you will work 10am-6pm. You will be paid extra standby payments.


For an informal discussion about this role, please contact:




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

• Progression opportunities, including the ability to apply for funded training and coaching and mentoring programmes

• Opportunity to join and influence one of several Employee Network groups

• Enhanced family friendly policies

• Onsite multi-faith room

• Onsite 'returning parents' room

• 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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