R C Treatt, – Laboratory Technician (Level 3)

Your next step towards your dream career…


Apply by: 1st August 2021


When? Monday to Friday, 40 hours per week

Where? Bury Saint Edmunds

For how long? 21 months

How much? You’ll earn £16,000 a year, plus you will receive all the training and support you need to become a qualified Level 3 Laboratory Technician.



You’ll join R C Treatt as an apprentice Laboratory Technician for a fixed period of 21 months.


As an Innovation Apprentice, your role within the organisation is to gain the skills required to compound and evaluate prototype blends using natural and synthetic flavour ingredients to meet both internal and external customer requirements. You will work under the direction of the Matching and Flavourist team to provide sample blends for sensory evaluation before submitting to customers for approval. You will gain the skills required to work safely within a laboratory environment and develop a broad ingredient, product, and process knowledge as well as participate in sensory evaluations to develop organoleptic skills. You will undertake basic wet chemistry and use analytical methods to ensure prototype blends meet specifications provided by the customer.


You will be a self-starter with a strong initiative and possess good organisation skills to manage a busy workload



You’ll have the support of a mentor, a colleague whose job it is to keep an eye on your training and development in the role.


You’ll also devote about 20% of your time to working towards a Level 3 Laboratory Technician. You’ll be trained by an expert tutor from Tiro, who will make sure you develop the knowledge, skills, and work habits you’ll need to succeed in your apprenticeship.


More details:

  • Prepare tasting solutions
  • Have an understanding of Treatt ingredients and product portfolios
  • Carry out basic wet chemistry to analyse prototype samples
  • Use various analytical methods to evaluate the composition of a target sample
  • Ensure that the working area in the laboratory is maintained in a clean and orderly condition and that any hazard or potential hazard is reported
  • Sample a range of ingredients from stock following health & safety procedures to ensure personal and environmental health & safety is not compromised
  • Carry out daily checks on a rotational basis to ensure the working area is maintained to a high level
  • Contribute to continuous improvement initiatives
  • Support Innovation scientists in Matching with the blending of prototype blends
  • Load prototype and target samples on the GC as required
  • Assist in setting up prototype samples
  • Act in the best interest of Treatt PLC at all times.


Who we’re looking for:


  • Communication – The ability to give and gather information and to actively manage the communication process
  • Planning and Organising – The ability to plan, organise and prioritise work. Balancing resources, skills, priorities, and timescales to achieve objectives
  • The ability to apply understanding of the company and industry to improve effectiveness and profitability
  • Delivering Results – The ability to manage workload and prioritise effectively to deliver results on time
  • Adaptability/Change Management – The ability to respond and adapt to changing circumstances and to manage, solve problems and provide solutions in a climate of ambiguity
  • Health & Safety – The ability to apply knowledge, training, skills, and experience to ensure tasks are performed in a safe manner
  • Problem Solving, Thinking and Communication Skills – ability to identify and define problems, generating alternative solutions, evaluating, and selecting the best alternative and implementing the selected solution



  • Customer Focus (Internal and External) – Actively pursue the highest level of customer service
  • Customer Focus (Internal and External) – Actively pursue the highest level of customer service
  • Resilience – The ability to be resilient and to achieve through repeated effort
  • Motivation – The ability to support and encourage individuals and teams so that they give their best
  • Influencing – The ability to influence and persuade others
  • Time Management – The ability to make most effective use of one’s own time and that of others
  • Developing Self – The ability to focus on own development and to take action to learn
  • Personal Attitude and Professional Ethics – The ability follow personal and professional standards of behaviour in line with company values



·        Desired academic qualifications –   GCSC Grade C or equivalent in Maths, English and Chemistry

Driving licence requirements – not required. Just need to get to the workplace

What next?

Once completed the apprenticeship, employees could potentially move into analysist innovation role, flavourist position, QA role. Long-term from lab tech to analysis innovation role. Opportunities are quite broad.


Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you may be offered a more permanent job with R C Treatt. If not, your qualification will open doors elsewhere in a related field. Or you might decide to move on to a higher-level apprenticeship.