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Lab Support Services Assistant

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Sodexo is the leading global provider of food and facilities management services in over 80 countries worldwide. We specialise in making people’s lives easier and aim to deliver the best service that exceeds our clients’ expectations. An opportunity has arisen for a Lab Support Services assistant to work within Unilever Port Sunlight Research and Development in Wirral, CH63 3JW 

This position requires someone who has experience of working in the R&D environment, can engage directly with the client staff to ensure delivery to timeline deadlines in a critical and controlled environment. The individual must be proactive, customer focused and organised.  Good communicator and work with different departments and ability to use Microsoft office programmes.

  What you’ll do:  

  • Work with Unilever team to ensure instructions are clear and concise
  • Comply and follow all Risk assessments for all activities
  • Ensure the laboratory is prepared with materials and equipment as necessary each day for scientists to carry out their experiments
  • Work with the Sodexo teams to collect and return daily materials, samples and equipment from storage within the Tower, Packaging lab and off-site storage
  • Ensure lab equipment being set out is statutory compliant and calibration tests are in date
  • Liaise with Sodexo departments that daily and weekly picklists are delivered to laboratory locations in lab, AMC and MIF
  • Assist in all storage areas serving the laboratory including stock management
  • Assist in glassware washing and that it is stored correctly in designated areas
  • Assist in the movement and storage of prototypes including labelling
  • Assist in PPE stock control, replenishment each day to agreed levels
  • Assist in the movement of samples placed in the temperature and climate-controlled ovens
  • Assist waste being removed from the laboratory to required standards
  • Comply with lab rules especially lab coat protocols
  • The above list is not exhaustive as the service will continue to develop

What you bring:  

  • Previous experience within a similar role would be beneficial

  • A keen eye for detail – nothing goes unnoticed 

  • Excellent communication skills: ability to connect and work with a young and demanding set of employees 

  • Energetic and capable of taking initiative and decisions when needed     

What we offer:  

Working with Sodexo is more than a job; it’s a chance to be part of something greater. You’ll belong in a company and team that values you for you; you’ll act with purpose and have an impact through your everyday actions; and you’ll be able to thrive in your own way. In addition, we also offer a range of resources, rewards and benefits for our colleagues and their families:

  • Unlimited access to an online platform offering mental health and wellbeing support.
  • Employee Assistance Programme to help with everyday issues or larger problems where you may need additional support, including legal and financial advice, support with work related issues or personal issues such as bereavement.
  • Access to a free health and wellbeing app that provides rewards for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and includes access to a 24hr virtual GP and various other services.
  • The Sodexo Discounts Scheme, offering great deals 24/7 (also open to friends and family) and/or the prepayment cashback card.
  • Money Insights and financial benefits via the Salary Finance Platform.
  • Save for your future by becoming a member of the Sodexo Retirement Plan
  • A death in Service benefit for colleagues who pass away whilst employed by Sodexo
  • Cycle to Work Scheme to help colleagues to do their bit for the environment whilst keeping fit.
  • Volunteering Opportunities to enable all colleagues to help support worthwhile causes in our communities.
  • Flexible and dynamic work environment  
  • Competitive compensation  
  • Full training and full protective uniform supplied  

Ready to be part of something greater? Apply today!  

Sodexo reserves the right to close this advert early if we are in receipt of a high number of applications

Package Description


  • Shift Pattern: Monday to Thursday - 14:00 - 18:00, Friday 13:30 to 17:30
  • 20 Hours per week
  • £12.32 per hour 
  • Save for your future by becoming a member of the Sodexo Retirement Plan
  • Flexible and dynamic work environment
  • Full training and full protective uniform supplied
  • Unlimited access to an online platform offering mental health and wellbeing support.
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About the Company

About Sodexo 

At Sodexo, our purpose is to create a better every day for everyone to build a better life for all. As the global leader in services that improve the Quality of Life, we operate in 55 countries, serving over 100 million consumers each day through our unique combination of On-Site Food and FM Services, Benefits & Rewards Services and Personal & Home Services. 

We are committed to being an inclusive employer. We are a forces friendly employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with a diverse variety of experiences, backgrounds and identities. We encourage our employees to get involved with our Employee Networks such as Pride, Sodexo Parents & Carers, Sodexo Disability, Ability network, So Together, Generations and Origins.

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

Click here to read more about what we do to promote an inclusive culture.

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