Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship - PolyOne Corporation

Polyone Corporation Uk Limited
Units 9-11, 9-15, Unity Grove, Prescot, L34 9GT
£14,000.00 - £15,000.00 annually
18 Jul 2019
29 Jul 2019
Science / Research
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
Description of post / key accountabilities:

You will be an integral part of a development team working on a variety of technical projects. This will allow you to gain good practical laboratory experience, processing experience and formulation experience as a part of product development.You will have the opportunity to work on specific projects and you will be expected to achieve results.

The exact nature of the project will depend on customer needs at the time. The laboratories are fully equipped with a range of specialised instrumentation and equipment for producing, testingand measuring the properties of the products.

Tasks typically involve:
  • Performing laboratory tests in order to produce reliable and precise data to support R&D and Production activities
  • Carrying out routine tasks accurately and following strict methodologies to carry out analyses
  • Preparing samples
  • Operating a wide variety of processing and colour assessment equipment
  • Performing mathematical calculations for the determination of test methods and presentation of results
  • Operating a wide variety of analytical equipment
  • Supporting on plant, in process testing
  • Maintain good accurate written records of work carried out
  • Recording and interpreting results to support projects and ensure compliance
  • Using computers and performing mathematical calculations for the determination and presentation of results
  • Keeping up to date with technical developments, especially those which can save time and improve reliability
  • Conducting searches on relevant topics
  • Maintaining compliance with Management Systems
  • Following and ensuring strict safety procedures and safety checks
  • To perform these duties in an accurate and timely manner

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good numerical & IT skills
  • Flexible attitude to work - ability to adapt to changing demands and requirements
  • Excellent Team Player - ability to get along with colleagues and work as part of a team
  • Demonstrate a progressive attitude towards developing knowledge & skills
  • Ability to multitask & problem solve

Personal qualities

  • Demonstrate that you are logical & analytical with a strong interest in science
  • Ability to use your own initiative and work independently when required
  • Work to tight deadlines & ability to change priorities at short notice
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure

Desired qualifications

  • Three A-levels (with one being chemistry at grade C or above) or equivalent, equating to a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points
  • Prospective candidates should also have GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English

Future prospects

Because of the technical experience you will gain from working in a Lab/Manufacturing role you will gain skills which many graduates have yet to develop. If you have practical ability, ability to solve problems and good communication skills there could be opportunities for progression towards higher qualifications and more senior positions within Colormatrix / PolyOne Corporation.

Things to consider

Once trained on specific tasks, the role will involve working under your own initiative at times. There may also be a requirement to take samples from the production facility and work on the plant.

Working on all aspects of the laboratory function including Research and Development will be required and this will involve routine tasks.

You must be able to make your own daily travel arrangements to the workplace.

We will individually evaluate candidates who do not meet these requirements but have workplace experience.