Trainee Reporter – Road Traffic Toxicology


Company Description
Eurofins Scientific is an international life sciences company, providing a unique range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries, to make life and our environment safer, healthier and more sustainable. From the food you eat, to the water you drink, to the medicines you rely on, Eurofins works with the biggest companies in the world to ensure the products they supply are safe, their ingredients are authentic and labelling is accurate. Eurofins believes it is a global leader in food, environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetics products testing and in agroscience CRO services. It is also one of the global independent market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, CDMO, advanced material sciences and in the support of clinical studies.

In over just 30 years, Eurofins has grown from one laboratory in Nantes, France to over 50,000 staff across a network of more than 900 independent companies in over 50 countries and operating more than 800 laboratories. Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 200,000 analytical methods to evaluate the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability and purity of biological substances and products, as well as providing innovative clinical diagnostic testing services, as one of the leading global emerging players in specialised clinical diagnostics testing.

In 2020, Eurofins generated total revenues of EUR € 5.4 billion, and has been among the best performing stocks in Europe over the past 20 years.
Job Description
The Toxicology team is responsible for the analysis of body fluids and other biological material for alcohol, drugs and poisons in a wide range of criminal cases.  We are looking for a Forensic Reporter to join our dedicated Road Traffic Reporting Team.

The Role

Train to report at least one case type in line with the Road Traffic Act 1988
Attend court to give expert testimony.
Receive mentoring in order to devise appropriate case strategies incorporating quality considerations and a cost-effective approach.
Adhere to all aspects of the customer Operational Protocol and Quality Manual
Ensure all work (including sub-contractors) is authorised, completed to contracted / agreed timescales and to estimated cost if applicable.
Ensure all critical findings are checked in line with standard operating procedures
Manage caseload in a timely manner, with support from mentor.
Seek continual improvement of methodology and processes that will have a positive impact on the quality and effectiveness of the team.
Communicate with the customer as appropriate.
Provide support to the analytical section as appropriate.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Role Dimensions

Undertake training in case type/s agreed with mentor/line manager
Undertake expert witness course in timescale agreed with mentor/line manager.
Support reporters with their individual caseloads by drafting statements and assisting with results.
Work within Standard Operating Procedures and company policies and procedures.
Continually review processes and procedures with a view to improvement of quality and cost effectiveness.
Maintain awareness of lab and reporting quality.
Communicate effectively with the customer throughout each case to ensure expectations are understood and adhered to. This includes scientific aspects in addition to authorisation / financial obligations and delivery dates.

Must display patience, determination, attention to detail and integrity at all times.
Able to manage a flexible workload; show good organisational skills and high levels of personal resilience with the ability to work to deadlines under pressure.
Maintains clear communications with customers, clarifying expectations and monitoring satisfaction levels.
Communicate and work co-operatively with others (within the team, with other departments / sites or external associates) focussing on a collective rather than individual goal.
Demonstrate initiative; adopting a pro-active attitude to continuous improvement within the areas of science, quality and efficiency.
Willing to take on extra duties or responsibilities for the team/department.
Required Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

Sufficient laboratory experience to identify and understand the issues likely to arise in the types of cases processed, in both scientific and case management terms.
Good understanding of the principle behind the analytical techniques used for Road Traffic cases.
Good general business awareness and solid understanding of the various requirements of customers.
Science based degree.
Preferred Knowledge, Experience and Technical Skills

Fully trained and competent in analysis of standard Toxicology sample types, e.g. blood, urine, whether practical or theoretical.
Fully trained and competent in analysis/interpretation of results containing common and less common drug types, whether practical or theoretical.
Previous experience of working in a busy laboratory environment.
Additional Information
Salary: Competitive

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 37.5 per week

Due to the highly sensitive nature of the work, applicants should note that security clearance will be required for this role. To gain security clearance you must have at least three years’ continuous residency in the UK preceding an application. Criminal convictions may prevent you from gaining security clearance.  In addition, successful applicants will be required to undertake drug and alcohol testing prior to commencing employment.

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