We really value our staff and welcome people who are keen to work at the cutting edge, learn new skills, and understand that personality and a forward-thinking attitude are just as important as qualifications and experience.

If you think you can bring something to SMS and believe you will fit in well with our business ethos, get in touch. Even if we don’t have anything to offer at the moment, we will keep your details on file and contact you when we do.

Laboratory Technician

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Date of advert28th March 2019
Job TitleLaboratory Technician
LocationSMS Ltd., Units 1 & 2, Oldmeldrum Business Centre, Colpy Way, Oldmeldrum, AB51 0BZ.
Job Description • Media preparation (weighing out dehydrated media, dispensing liquid media, autoclaving, etc.).
• Media quality assurance.
• Maintenance of laboratory media stock (ensuring adequate stocks of media are available for immediate analysis of samples, maintaining adequate stocks of dehydrated media, etc.).
• Equipment calibration (pH meters, balances,Dilumat, etc.).
• Recording of data for laboratory records (recording daily incubator temperature readings, etc.).
• Washing of laboratory glassware (washing glassware, filling and emptying dishwasher, filling and emptying drying cabinet, etc.).
• Collection and sorting of clean glassware, and replacement in allocated storage areas.
• Collection of broken glassware and disposal in designated bin(s).
• Cleaning of laboratory suites (including sweeping and washing floors, washing glass partitions, etc.).
• Sample reception and booking in of customer samples (unpacking customer samples, checking agreement with customer paperwork, booking samples in to SMS Laboratory Systems, labelling samples, etc.).
• Preparation of samples for processing in the laboratory (labelling sample bottles, plates,petrifilms, stomacher bags, etc).
• Microbiological analyses of samples (weighing out, plating out, ELISA, etc.).
• Chemical analyses of samples.
• Reading and recording sample results (reading plates, petrifilms, ELISA, etc.).
• Passing completed sample results (job packs) to Laboratory Manager.
• Liaising with customers, e.g. clarifying sample analyses requested, interpreting results, etc.
• Processing laboratory paperwork, customer reports,etc.
• Preparation of laboratory report templates.
• Auditing and Quality Control in support of UKAS accreditation.
• Any other duties as may be requested by the Laboratory Manager.
• Full training will be given where necessary.
• This job description is not intended to be a complete list of duties but is meant as a guide. The job description will be reviewed and duties may change after consultation.

Full time/ Part timeFull time
Hours37.5 hours per week: Monday - Friday, hours to be worked between 08:00 – 18:00, subject to agreement with line manager. Paid overtime will be required to be worked on weekends. Usually 1 weekend in 4, but this may vary due to staff holidays/absences/changes in workload.
SalaryBetween £17550 & £19500, depending on qualifications and experience. There will be scope for salary progression, with training and experience.
There is a contributory [Employer & Employee] pension scheme [NEST https://www.nestpensions.org.uk/schemeweb/nest.html ]
Contact for
further details
Dr Ian Millar (Director),
Mr Danny Whyte (Laboratory Manager).
Telephone01651 873222
ApplicationsPlease send a CV and covering letter by 30th April 2019 to: Office Manager, SMS Ltd. Units 1 & 2, Oldmeldrum Business Centre, Colpy Way, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0BZ
Date of advert15th January 2019
Job TitleFull-time Legionella Technician
LocationSMS Ltd., Units 1 & 2, Oldmeldrum Business Centre, Colpy Way, Oldmeldrum, AB51 0BZ.
Job Description • Temperature monitoring at customer premises (monitoring hot and cold water systems to ensure continued compliance for Legionella control).
• Risk assessment of customer premises for Legionella, including site surveying, preparation of risk assessment documentation, and schematics.
• Cleaning & disinfection of shower heads, water spray systems (sprinklers, etc.) at customer premises.
• Cleaning & disinfection of hot and cold water systems (cold water storage tanks, calorifiers, showers, etc.) at customer premises.
• Equipment calibration (thermometers, timers, etc.).
• Recording and collating of data for Legionella records (recording water temperature readings, etc.). Preparation of reports on surveillance data.
• Sample collection and delivery to SMS reception; collecting and/or taking samples for laboratory analyses at customers’ premises.
• Daily/weekly scheduled vehicle checks on van [tyres, oil, etc.], and fortnightly cleaning of interior and exterior of van.
• Any other duties as may be requested by the Director or Laboratory Manager.
• Full training will be given.
• This job description is not intended to be a complete list of duties but is meant as a guide. The job description will be reviewed and duties may change after consultation.
Full time/ Part timeFull time
Hours37.5 hours per week: Monday – Friday, hours to be worked between 09:30 – 17:30. SMS operates a flexi-time system. Some overtime may require to be worked. Overtime is paid at time and one half per hour after 19:00 Monday-Friday, and at time and one half per hour for working on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays.
SalaryBetween £17550 & £19500, with salary depending on experience. There will be scope for salary progression, with training and experience.
Company van will be available for use. If own vehicle has to be used, mileage will be repaid at standard HMRC rate (currently £0.45/mile for first 10,000 miles).
There is a contributory [Employer & Employee] pension scheme [NEST https://www.nestpensions.org.uk/schemeweb/nest.html ]
Contact for
further details
Dr Ian Millar (Director),
Mr Danny Whyte (Laboratory Manager).
Telephone01651 873222
ApplicationsPlease send a CV and covering letter by 16th February 2019 to: Office Manager, SMS Ltd. Units 1 & 2, Oldmeldrum Business Centre, Colpy Way, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0BZ

Applicants for this post must have a full, clean, driving licence.

This post would suit a person with good planning, organisational and social skills. An ability to relate to people of all backgrounds and abilities would be useful. For the right person there is considerable scope for development and improvement within this post, which would lead to higher remuneration commensurate with the skills developed. This post will require some working at heights, and using disinfectant chemicals. Full training will be given.

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