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Operations Associate (Energy Services)

What is on offer?

Alfred H Knight (AHK) has an opportunity for an Operations Associate (Energy Services) to join our team based in Gonzales, Louisiana.

This role is the perfect start for someone looking to develop their skills and build a long-term career with a Company at the forefront of the TIC (Testing, Inspection, Certification) industry, operating within the metals, minerals and solid fuel sectors.

Initially based at Gonzales, Louisiana, you will spend your time learning about AHK, working within, and gaining an understanding of our Global Operations. You may also experience travel both domestically and internationally, depending on business requirements.


About us

Alfred H Knight are an independent provider of inspection and testing services. Established in 1881, AHK operates in more than 40 countries with a well-earned reputation for providing reliable, professional services. We provide specialist services for a wide range of commodities within base and minor metals, steel raw materials, ferroalloys, precious metals, platinum group metals, industrial minerals, solid fuels, and fertilisers. Our clients include miners, smelters, refineries, traders, financial institutions and government bodies. We maintain rigorous quality standards to ensure that our operations provide the highest level of services to our clients. We achieve this through compliance with industry standards and regulations for laboratory, inspection and quality management, including ISO: IEC 17025, 17020, 9001, 14001 and 45001. Our people are our finest asset and as a truly global company, we value diversity, and respect people from all backgrounds. Click here to find out more about AHK. Click here to find out more about AHK.

Do you have what it takes to be an Operations Associate (Energy Services)?

To be successful at Alfred H Knight, you will need to display the following:


  • Training. Undertake a comprehensive, personal training programme and maintain a record aligned with a skill matrix. Obtain a detailed understanding of the theory of weighing, and moisture determination as well as the fundamental principles of sample preparation (SP-WSMD). Visit clients’ facilities and operation sites to gain necessary operational knowledge and skills out in the field. Gain a comprehensive understanding of laboratory and administrative operations.
  • Operational and Commercial Inspection. Under strict supervision, and as part of your training programme, attend and observe field operations including different sampling methods and SP-WSMD, for different material types/commodities including; Biomass, Coal, Petcoke, and Agricultural Products.
  • International Enquiries. Escalate all technical enquiries to senior management for a response.
  • Compliance and Standards. Work in accordance with international standards and best practices, TOGs, SOPs and technical notes.
  • Health & Safety. Enforce and adhere to AHK H&S policy at all times when working in the office, laboratory or in the field in collaboration with the H&S Department.

To be successful at Alfred H Knight you will need to display the following:

Required Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours

  • Independence. The ability to take initiative and be proactive in prioritising a dynamic and diverse workload.
  • Interpersonal. Confidence in forming effective working relationships with a diverse range of people, including working inclusively and as part of a team with a collaborative work ethic.
  • Communication. Effective oral and written communication of ideas with an excellent command of English. You will be working with both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Adaptability. The ability to multitask and respond effectively to change.
  • Analytical. The ability to draw accurate and informative conclusions from detailed research without losing sight of the bigger picture. Attention to detail and a  high level of accuracy and precision are key.

Required Work Experience

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken as you will be working with external and internal stakeholders.
  • An understanding of and interest in the Energy Services industry (desirable).
  • Previous experience working within the Energy Services industry (desirable).

Required Qualifications

  • Level 2 Qualification / GCSE grade 4-9, A*-C or equivalent in English Language, Maths and Science / High School Diploma or equivalent (essential).
  • Level 3 Qualification (desirable).
  • Level 4, 5 and 6 Qualifications (optional).
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