Temporary Fruit Processing Lab Technician (FTC)

Sandford |

Employer: Thatchers Cider
Sector/Specialism: Scientific Pharmaceutical

Temporary Fruit Processing Lab Technician (FTC)
Sandford, Somerset

Who are Thatchers Cider?

Established in 1904 at Myrtle Farm, Thatchers Cider is the largest independent British family-owned supplier of premium quality cider to the UK on and off-trade outlets. Currently run by the fourth-generation cider maker, Martin Thatcher and remain firmly rooted in Somerset at Myrtle Farm.

We are obsessive about making the best quality premium cider and continue to invest ahead of the rest of the industry in our orchards, innovative technology across the business, our award-winning brands, and our people.

For many years we have worked with LRS to press all their blackcurrants on-site here at Myrtle Farm. This takes place from June to August. We are now looking for a temporary team to help us with this process over the summer months.

Your rewards and benefits

- Competitive salary
- The opportunity to work on our brilliant farm

This is a brilliant role for a laboratory testing professional looking to gain short term experience with our nationally recognised company.

Working on our picturesque farm, set in the idyllic fields of Somerset, you will gain experience working for one of the UK’s most recognisable cider presses, with the potential for future employment.

So, if you’re looking to gain experience in the perfect summer job and the chance to utilise your chemistry capabilities in the food industry, then we want to hear from you!

The role - what you will be doing

As our Fruit Processing Lab Technician, you will be responsible for carrying out various tests to ensure the quality and suitability of the fruit. You will use the results to inform the production team and avoid any instances of non-conforming product

Specifically, you will carry out a variety of instrument-based and ‘wet chemistry’ titration-based tests, to ensure that the process is running correctly, and the final product meets specifications.

Crucially, you will demonstrate good laboratory practice, ensuring the cleanliness and coolth of the lab and the maintenance of working solutions of all chemicals, consumables and stocks.

Additionally, you will:

- Promptly enter results into our computer system via a tablet
- Calculate additions, using basic ratio maths and systems built into Excel spreadsheets
- Perform ad hoc testing as required by the Production Team

About you

To be considered a Temporary Fruit Processing Lab Technician, you will need:

- To be accurate with good attention to detail
- A responsible, trustworthy and positive attitude
- To be calm under pressure
- To be organised and punctual
- Good interpersonal skills


The working hours will be based on a 4 on - 4 off rota working 12-hour shifts Monday-Sunday, alternating between days and nights. A full season rota will be issued at the start of the season.

As this is a short, fixed-term role for the summer period you would not be expected to take a significant amount of time off over the course of the season.

Future prospects

Whilst this is a temporary role, Thatchers is a growing brand, and we are continually looking for new people to join our teams and develop their careers with us, potentially in the future.

Other companies might call this role Production Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Technician, Lab Assistant, Production Lab Assistant, Laboratory Assistant, or Food Testing Technician.

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