Test Material Assistant

Posted 6 March by Capita

Job Title: Test Material Assistant

Location: York

About the role

The successful post holder will join the PTG Dispatch team, and be responsible for packing and shipping of eDNA samples for the Great Crested Newt project. You will receive comprehensive training and active support from your line manager and other members of the group to enable you to deliver.

About Capita | FERA

Capita FERA is part of Capita plc, the UK's leading provider of business process management and integrated professional support service solutions, with 68,000 staff across the UK, Europe, South Africa and India.

Capita entered a Joint Venture with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and FERA provides scientific services to government and commercial customers, such as food retailers and manufacturers of crop protection products, in the UK and overseas.

FERA Science Ltd specialises in translating scientific knowledge into practical applications, such as helping to ensure food safety and quality 'from farm to fork', sustainable crop production, environmental management and conservation. It also plays a key role in the UK's ability to respond to, and recover from, emergency situations affecting the food chain and rural economy.

This position is within the Proficiency Testing Group

PTG is a team of 30 colleagues responsible for the organisation of proficiency testing schemes for food and environmental analysis laboratories on a world-wide basis. Proficiency testing is an independent check of laboratory procedures providing a completely confidential assessment of their capabilities. Not only does participation in the relevant testing schemes allow demonstration of systems and the technical ability of staff but it will also help gain ISO:17025 accreditation. Schemes managed by the group currently include a food chemistry scheme, a food microbiology scheme, a genetically modified materials scheme and a water and environmental scheme.

Proving to customers that an organisation has quality systems in place is an important part of building long term relationships and securing future business.

Our customers are laboratories from both the public and private sectors, and 80% are outside the UK.

What you will do:

  • Use of bespoke Laboratory Management systems to generate picking lists of orders to be dispatched
  • Preparing for and carrying out daily packing and shipping of eDNA samples which will involve use of courier processing terminal
  • Manage inventory of testing kits in a cold store
  • Liaise with Admin and Tech Support teams to resolve any issues with shipping and orders.
  • The post will involve manual handling, standing for prolonged periods and working in cold environments for which PPE will be provided.

Your experience will include:

  • Working at pace, under time constraints
  • Working in a Customer Service environment
  • Use of MS Office applications and databases
  • Knowledge of finance systems and invoicing
  • Working within Quality Systems

What's in it for you?

At Capita, training and development aren't optional extras: they're how we do our job. We will motivate you to perform at your peak, recognising your achievements and rewarding them appropriately. As well as a competitive basic salary we also give you 23 day's holiday, company pension scheme and access to voluntary benefit options including; child care vouchers, share save scheme, life assurance, holiday buy and many more designed to suit your own personal lifestyle. All of this, in a professional but fun environment.

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