Laboratory Assistant - Westbury


Westbury, GB

Arla Foods

Laboratory Assistant

Arla Foods, Westbury

1 Year fixed term contract



  • Competitive salary (Base Salary + Shift Allowance)
  • 26.5 days Holiday
  • Employer pension matched up to 6%
  • life assurance cover
  • Reward gateway scheme- discounts with various retailers via my benefit platform.
  • Monthly/Quarterly Town hall meetings, at site.


Things we’d love to tell you about our Westbury site

  • Arla Westbury is the Home of Anchor butter
  • We are the largest Butter factory in the UK
  • We are the largest Dryer factory in the UK
  • At peak times Westbury is consuming 5% of the UK’s milk- that’s the milk from every 1 cow in 20 from the whole of the UK
  • Milk powder and butter from Westbury are exported all over the world- you will also eat  Westbury Powder within several brand name confectionaries and desserts


About the job 

You’ll play a key part in the site QEHS team, ensuring that the products we pack onsite are produced to the highest standards of food safety and quality.

Duties will also include:

  • Reporting to the QEHS Laboratory Team Leader, you will be conducting tests to analyse finished products and materials to accredited standards, methods, approved equipment and working practices
  • You will be interpreting and analysing results, reporting accordingly and escalating non-conformance issues as required
  • Day to day you will be ensuring that instrumentation is functioning and that calibrated and verified methods are used
  • You will be responsible for maintaining the laboratory documentation and LIMS system to accreditation standards
  • Training and sharing of skills and experience to promote self and team development
  • Contribute in factory and departmental quality auditing
  • Supervise routine service call-outs
  • Testing of new concepts and products
  • Cleaning and maintenance of the laboratory area
  • Maintain laboratory safety and 5S levels


The role will involve working on a rotating 12hr shift pattern which includes both early and late shifts.

What you’ll need in order to be successful in the role


  • An understanding of microbiology or chemistry laboratories and previous work experience within a lab based environment an advantage.
  • Good understanding of maths and English, with excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Food sector experience would be preferred but not essential
  • A passion for science!
  • Candidates must have a positive, organised and resilient approach to all aspects of their work and be able to maintain excellent relationships with colleagues and external stakes holders
  • Strong attention to detail is required and good IT skills with any exposure to SAP would be an advantage

Things We’d Love To Tell You About Arla

  • We are a farmer- owned cooperative. That means we are committed to partnering with farmers so they are guaranteed a fair price for their milk.
  • We experimented with bio powered trucks (google it- you won’t regret it), and built the world’s first ever 100% carbon neutral dairy. All as part of our ongoing commitment to combatting climate change.
  • We are the producer of Lurpak, one of the world’s most iconic butter brands.
  • We are a Danish business, operating across the UK, Europe, Asia, The Middle East, North America, South America and other regions across the globe


Please apply using the link.


We have a purpose for Good

At Arla, we strive to unlock the highest potential in each other while working together to create a sustainable future of dairy. We call it Stronger People Stronger Planet and it is deeply anchored in our organisation and founded on our commitment to respecting human rights, increasing access to healthy dairy nutrition, inspiring good food habits, and improving the environment for future generations. In order to succeed we need to hire people with a sustainable mindset. Could this be you?



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