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Job Title:  Lab Technician

Date:  22-Sep-2022

Littlehampton, WSX, GB, BN17 6LS

Full Time/Part Time:  Full-Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term Contract
Hours per week:  37.5

Your role in a nutshell

Are you passionate about cosmetics and cosmetic formulation? If so, we would love to hear from you!
This is a fixed term contract for 12 months where you will be head of R&D support function in the internal R&D Laboratory at the Body Shop.
Your main responsibilities will revolve around supporting laboratory management and the smooth running of the lab.

Salary Range: £23,000 - 28,000

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Raw materials appropriate maintenance – stock management and sample ordering.
  • Laboratory consumables management -  stock management, ordering missing consumables, raising PO.
  • Laboratory equipment management - calibration and third party certification and contract maintenance
  • Laboratory maintenance - water TVC testing, waste disposal
  • Bulk making, sample preparation and testing support where needed. 
  • Preparing new and amending existing laboratory SOP.
  • Ensure laboratory functions is safe and tidy and in line with Good Laboratory Practice, reporting any non-conformances to the manager.
  • Creating Purchase Orders for lab and formula Dev Team – Consumables, raw materials, equipment, safety testing
  • New vendor creation – support with setting up new vendors when required


Personal Requirements for Role

Experience Required:

  • Product awareness
  • Good knowledge of relevant methods (chemistry, formulas, physical chemistry, substrates, raw materials, galenicals, development stages, etc.)
  • Awareness of quality/safety rules and procedures (chemical hazards, etc.)
  • Ability to analyse and interpret results in a reliable, thorough, relevant and independent manner
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Solid grasp of available information and operating systems
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies


Qualifications Required:
Educated to degree level or equivalent in related science. Chemistry, Pharmaceutical, Biology, Food or Cosmetic science


That’s a lot to ask for – so in return we offer:

  • A 6% contributory pension plan (that rises with loyalty)
  • 23 days holiday plus bank holidays - time to refresh and recharge. You can also buy and sell holiday up to 5 days!
  • 1 Self Love Day – An extra day off per year to recharge and focus on what you love to do most
  • 3 additional days a year to volunteer in the local community to support the causes you feel most passionate about
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • LOVE Money – Money from us to spend on YOUR wellbeing - pamper yourself on us. Every year.
  • 50% employee discount on our products and access to sample sales
  • Access to Perks at Work, our online shopping channel with exclusive deals & discounts
  • Access to our Nourish platform, where you have access at certain times of the year to fantastic benefits such as; Buying/Selling holiday, Pension Top Up, Private Medical Insurance options, Green Car Benefits, Cycle To Work scheme, Techscheme, On site nursery (for Littlehampton colleagues), and much more!
  • Life Assurance
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) –  We work with experts to support you on all aspects of your Wellbeing: Physical, Mental and Financial.
  • AND - we have also implemented 'Work Wise' into our HQ’s – a mixture of working both flexibly 'in-office' hours, the ability to work remotely and a new meeting charter.

The Body Shop

When Anita Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976, she had a vision. Business as a force for good – that’s us. Over 40 years later, we’re proud to be pioneering cruelty-free beauty every step of the way. We’re the original ethical beauty brand. We’ve got a thing for empowering people and enriching our planet. We’re all about keeping it real, in every way possible. Our activist roots remain a huge part of everything we do, from our iconic window posters to our vegetarian products to our infamous campaigns. We’re never afraid to stand up and speak the truth. We like to do things a little differently around here. 


The Body Shop, along with Aesop and Natura, is part of Natura & Co, a global, multi-channel and multi-brand cosmetics group that is committed to generating positive economic, social and environmental impact. Group owner Natura is Brazil's number one cosmetics manufacturer. Sustainable development has been the company's guiding principle since it was founded in 1969. In fact, this is an incredibly exciting time for The Body Shop. We’re fighting for what we believe in now more than ever. No holding back. Breaking the mould has always come naturally to us, and we need someone who’s not afraid to mix things up. 

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