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Senior Materials Laboratory Technician - Central Belt Scotland

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About the role

Shape a career to be proud of as part of an award-winning team.

Our team shapes projects that connect communities and impact daily life for millions. Join our Regional Scotland team as a Senior Materials Laboratory Technician to build new futures.

As a Senior Materials Laboratory Technician, you will support the management and delivery of materials engineering services within Balfour Beatty planning and undertaking inspection and testing on site and in the laboratory identifying and reporting areas of risk and opportunity.

Ideally this role would suit a candidate who is passionate and willing to go the extra mile to exceed expectations. A quick learner, adaptable to change, someone who is organised and has a key focus on meeting the requirements of the customer would succeed in this role.

What you'll be doing

Typical Duties include:

  • Support the delivery of Sustainability activities.
  • Establishing and maintain safe methods of work for the materials team on site and in the laboratory.
  • Maintain high standards of work and compliance with UKAS accreditation requirements.
  • Comply with the site quality system for the materials testing laboratory, including materials reporting.
  • Deliver results by deadlines as required by the contract and project teams
  • Maintain equipment calibrations and notify the lab manager of any defects requiring attention.
  • Identify, record, and report of Best Practice to project and offsite
  • Produce summary compliance reports of material compliance
  • Undertake audits of Laboratory Quality System and ensure that identified findings are closed out
  • Manage dispatch of samples to external test laboratories and review reports
  • Daily allocation of testing resources
  • Managing supplier test results as required by the contract
  • Training and development of junior staff to ensure succession plan in place

Who we're looking for


The following qualities/experience are essential:

  • Previous experience working in a UKAS accredited laboratory and working with construction materials and specifications is required.
  • Experience in auditing, training / development of junior staff and monthly.
    • There will be a key focus on health and safety within the laboratory and writing / reviewing risk assessments, methods statements and carrying out daily briefings to the site technicians will be crucial along with assisting the site health and safety department with auditing on site if required.
  • Being able to operate and work to an agreed budget is also important.
  • Materials technical experience is also required to be able to advise the contracts where necessary.
  • Proficient I.T. skills in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access
  • Must hold a valid CSCS card and a full driving licence and desirable to hold B & E for safe towing of coring rig.

The following qualities/experience are desirable:

  • SMSTS qualified and a member of a professional institute.

Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver some of the UKs most ambitious, exciting and meaningful projects; developing, building and maintaining the vital infrastructure that supports national economies and strengthens communities.

Why join us?

As if contributing to and supporting work that makes life better for millions wasnt rewarding enough, we offer a full range of benefits too. You'll have the freedom to shape the package thats right for you and your life. Here are some of our key benefits:

- Smart working, giving you more flexibility such as staggered start and finish times, with up to 40% remote working, where roles allow.
- 25 days paid annual leave (pro rata)
- Family friendly policies which include 28 weeks full pay for maternity/adoption leave and four weeks full pay for paternity/partners leave
- Pension, share incentive plan, volunteering leave, recognition schemes and much more

About us

From Dunfermlines tramways in 1909 to highland hospitals today, Balfour Beatty has been trusted for over a century to deliver the complex and critical infrastructure and iconic buildings Scotland relies on.

We have the people, knowledge and experience to safely deliver projects right first time, maximising value for money and ensuring a positive social impact and inclusive economic growth for local communities.

Our award-winning sustainable projects, including active travel, Passivhaus and retrofit, demonstrate our commitment to supporting Scotlands transition towards net zero in the built environment.

Diversity and inclusion

At Balfour Beatty we believe that diversity and inclusion are essential components of any successful, happy workplace. Through our Value Everyone Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan, we are growing our diverse workforce and developing our inclusive culture where everyone is able to thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of their identity or background. To find out how we are making this a reality, visit

We are a Gold Award holder in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role. For more info, visit:

We are looking to continually improve our resourcing process and ensure that it is fair and inclusive for all. If you have any feedback on the process, please share this with us at:

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Senior Materials Laboratory Technician - Central Belt Scotland

UKCS - Regional - Scotland
Motherwell, UK

Published on 07/06/2024

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