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Sampling and Preparation Analyst


Alfred H Knight has an exciting opportunity for a Sampling and Preparation Analyst to join the team in Dundonald, UK. The Sampling and Preparation Analyst is responsible for carrying out sampling and sample preparation procedures in accordance with ASTM and ISO International Standards.  Working with the Deputy Sampling & Sample Prep Manager (All Fuel Streams) to ensure that an effective and high-quality service is provided to meet reporting deadlines on the various types of samples/commodities submitted to the laboratory for analytical evaluation. To ensure full compliance with the company’s ISO 17025 accreditation, ISO 45001 and ISO 14001 certifications.



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 and 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.



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



  • Accurately sort and weigh waste samples into appropriate categories as detailed in the specific analysis sort sheets, record and keep safe all analysis data, maintain confidentiality of sample materials and analysis data.
  • Collect samples, which will include driving a range of vehicles up to and including a 3.5 tonne Luton box van, ensure that vehicles used are driven safely and are returned clean and full of fuel (if required by the hire agreement).
  • Liaise with the public if necessary and record any on site observations.  It is expected where an employee does not hold a full UK driving licence that the employee will endeavour to pass his/her driving test to enable him/her to carry out the role to full potential.
  • Record and keep safe all analysis data, maintain confidentiality of sample materials and analysis data.
  • Assist with the preparation of samples for chemical and moisture analysis as required.



  • Highly organised with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to clearly inform others.
  • Open and honest at all times.
  • Strong relationship building skills internally and externally.
  • Highly motivated, with the ability to work on own initiative in a dynamic work environment with changing priorities.
  • Positive ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Strong quality focus with a strive for excellence.
  • A team player, working alongside others with positivity and respect.
  • A willingness to take full ownership of the role and to go above and beyond.
  • Highly proficient IT skills – Microsoft and Google applications.
  • Full competency and understanding of Citrix.
  • Good numeracy skills.



  • Minimum 1 year experience of inspection and sample preparation analysis, in particular working with coal/biomass and RDF business streams desirable but not essential.



  • Travel and work rotations as dictated by work schedules and the needs of the business.



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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