Lab Technican

Full time
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PA Consulting
Consulting & professional services
1,001-5,000 employees
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Company Description

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 4000 specialists in consumer and manufacturing, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government and public services, health and life sciences, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists.

We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Netherlands and Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Job Description

We work with clients to help them realise commercial edge in new and established markets, leveraging design, science, and engineering to create consumer relevant solutions and their means of manufacture. As the world changes at an ever-increasing rate, our clients use our technical expertise to get ahead of the innovation curve.

Flexible working - We are guided by our client work and needs; however, you have autonomy to manage your time and diary to suit your work/life balance.

This is where you come in…

Function Specific Activities

The primary task of the job holder is to carry out and experimental work and evaluation of test samples to facilitate the fast-moving dynamic development of dry moulded fibre technology at PA. Working closely with our lab manager and scientists, the job holder is required to:

  • Work with limited supervision to conduct day-to-day lab-scale hands-on activities.
  • Prepare samples through various processing steps involving mechanical processing and chemical treatment.
  • Evaluate mechanical and chemical properties of samples with standard and non-standard lab testing equipment.
  • Measure and record data, maintain records and report results to wider team, interpret experimental data and observations, and participate in internal technical discussions.
  • Maintaining inventory of laboratory supplies such as chemicals and equipment or performing other clerical tasks such as filing records, assist in warehousing and facility related tasks when necessary.
  • Perform all work in accordance with established safety procedures, COSHH and risk assessments, among others. Keep all equipment and work areas clean and free of debris.
  • Report, communicate and participate in investigation and resolving of quality, technical and safety issues that may arise with testing set up, procedures and equipment, working with internal and external parties where necessary.

Participate in developing new testing methods or improving existing ones, provide inputs to the processes, results


  • A HNC / Level 4 qualification or equivalent as a minimum, preferred in chemistry, applied chemistry, material science, chemical engineering, and relevant areas.
  • Commercial experience within but not limited to a production QC or a scientific laboratory environment
  • Knowledge of basic mechanical and chemical concepts required to prepare and analyse mechanical and chemical performances in lab.
  • Experience working with laboratory and analytical equipment.
  • Good basic computer skills with Microsoft Office.
  • Capable of working with chemicals, following standard safe handling procedures.

Bonus Points for the following:

  • Experience with SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures) and their development and maintenance.
  • Experience in using and maintaining laboratory equipment and instrumentation.
  • Experience with Moulded Fibre manufacturing techniques and processes would be a plus, but not required.

We know the skill-gap and ‘somewhat need to tick every box’ can get in the way of meeting brilliant candidates, so please don’t hesitate to apply – we’d love to hear from you.

Apply today by completing our online application

Additional Information

Life At PA encompasses our peoples' experience at PA. It's about how we enrich peoples’ working lives by giving them access to unique people and growth opportunities and purpose led meaningful work.

We believe diversity fuels ingenuity. Diversity of thought brings exciting perspectives; diversity of experience brings a wealth of knowledge, and diversity of skills brings the tools we need. When we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, identities, and minds, embracing that difference through an inclusive culture where our people thrive; we unleash the power of diversity – bringing ingenuity to life.

Find out more about Life at PA here.

We are dedicated to supporting the physical, emotional, social and financial well-being of our people. Check out some of our extensive benefits:

  • Health and lifestyle perks accompanying private healthcare for you and your family
  • 25 days annual leave (plus a bonus half day on Christmas Eve) with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
  • Generous company pension scheme
  • Opportunity to get involved with community and charity-based initiatives
  • Annual performance-based bonus
  • PA share ownership
  • Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)

We recruit, retain, reward and develop our people based solely on their abilities and contributions and without reference to their age, background, disability, genetic information, parental or family status, religion or belief, race, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (or expression), political belief veteran status, or other by any other range of human difference brought about by identity and experience. We are on a journey towards ensuring our workforce is diverse at all levels and that our firm is representative of the world around us. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

Adjustments or accommodations - Should you need any adjustments or accommodations to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us.