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Sample Preparation Technician


Alfred H Knight has an opportunity for a Sample Preparation Technician to join our main laboratory in Prescot, Merseyside.  Responsible to the Departmental Manager Sample Preparation for carrying out sample preparation procedures to a high degree of precision and accuracy on the various types of samples / commodities submitted to the laboratory for chemical analysis.



Alfred H Knight is a totally independent, family owned business spanning five generations. A global network of strategically placed offices and laboratories enable global trade by providing independent inspection, analysis and consultancy services to the metals and minerals, solid fuels and agriculture industries. We have honed & carefully crafted our reputation. Delivering knowledge and professionalism in all aspects of weighing, sampling and analysis. We thrive by continuing to re-invest in our facilities, technology and people. Click here to find out more about AHK.




  • Ensuring at all times that a high degree of accuracy and precision is applied to sample preparation procedures, through incorporating and promoting good laboratory practice principles. Responsible for ensuring that work throughput is followed in accordance with documented methods and procedures. It is the post holder’s responsibility to inform the Departmental Manager of any failure in compliance to documented methods.
  • Ensuring that all sample preparation equipment / instrumentation that the post holder uses on a regular basis is calibrated (where necessary) and kept clean and tidy at all times. In cases where equipment / instrumentation is found to be working unsatisfactorily, it is the post holders responsibility to inform the Departmental Manager (Supervisor) so that repair or maintenance can be organized.
  • Ensuring that balance areas, milling equipment, and the post holder’s work station are kept clean and tidy to minimize cross contamination of test samples, with unwanted material and debris being removed with due consideration to further contamination.
  • Assisting the Departmental Manager in setting out and implementing suitable training programmes that will ensure that the post holder is sufficiently well trained to carry out weighing duties accurately and efficiently.
  • Undertaking other duties of an appropriate nature in consultation with their Departmental Manager and Operations Manager.
  • Maintaining a professional standard and appearance during office hours and while promoting the company when on company business.
  • Ensuring the Company’s Health & Safety policy is applied effectively in areas under the Post Holder’s control.


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

Required Knowledge and Work Experience

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to demonstrate literacy and numeracy
  • High attention to detail.
  • Ability to follow instruction.
  • A team player, working alongside others with positivity and respect.
  • Presenting a positive attitude and take pride in their work.
  • High level of interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and be able to use own initiative
  • A willingness to take full ownership of the role.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high degree of manual dexterity.
  • Good timekeeping.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.

Working Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 to 19:00.



We are offering an excellent opportunity with a salary and benefits package to match including pension, life assurance and an employee assistance programme.

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