Our goals - Your path

Sitting within the R&D function, the UK Quality team contributes to ensuring the quality of Sika products; maintaining the standards and certifications that we have worked hard to achieve. In the UK, Sika have factories in Welwyn Garden City, Preston, Leeds, Wishaw and Redditch

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team leading the way within Sika, with goals of striving towards Quality 4.0. The Quality Control Technician is responsible for ensuring the raw materials used and products produced meet the exacting standards that we and our customers expect.

The Opportunity

This is a varied role where you will have the opportunity to-

  • Carrying out the day-to-day quality control processes within the operational and lab environments
  • Ensure that raw material, in-process, and product testing is effectively, accurately, and promptly carried out using specified methods & accurately record results in SAP.
  • Advise on corrective actions and appropriate recording methods to maintain manufactured product within specification.
  • Performing additional quality related testing and investigation and where needed to take lead on quality matters.
  • Carry out and report upon investigative test work required i.e., non-conforming product, goods returned, ageing stock, customer returns or alternative sources of raw materials.
  • Fulfil periodic testing and recording requirements.
  • Undertaking Quality Lab related administration tasks
  • Assist in preparation of new QC Specifications and provision of information to ensure the on-going accuracy of such documentation.
  • Devise and prepare new Test Procedures and assist in developing existing ones.
  • Advise upon any laboratory equipment, the acquisition of which could improve the efficiency and/or accuracy of Quality Control testing.
  • Adhering to professional standards that ensure the quality and effectiveness of the laboratory.
  • Maintain a high standard of laboratory cleanliness.
  • Ensure that test equipment is properly and correctly used, calibrated, and maintained to specified standards and that safe working practices are always adopted.
  • Ensure that adequate materials are available in the laboratory to fulfil the Quality Control function.
  • Provide cover for holidays, absence, shift cover and volume of work.
  • Understanding of lean Methodologies and their appropriate use to drive continuous improvement.
  • Confident and comfortable in data driven decision making when needed, be able to work on own initiative.

The Rewards

You will be rewarded with a competitive salary, and a sweep of great benefits. We pride ourselves on our total reward package-

  • Holiday 25 days rising to 28 days with service, plus bank holidays
  • 37.5 hours a week Mon-Fri with occasional weekend overtime.
  • Shift-work 10pm-6am,
  • A company pension contribution of up to 10%
  • Private healthcare for you, with option to add family
  • Group life cover at 6x your annual salary
  • Global Income Protection (PHI)
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Selected discounted Sika products

The Support

You will have the opportunity to work alongside the existing team at Preston as well as the wider Quality team across the UK. This is a diverse group with a range of experience and a commitment to improving manufacturing quality. Our people and teams are our most important asset – we will continue to ensure that the contribution of every individual is made to count and valued accordingly.

You will be provided with a detailed induction plan, receiving one-to-one training initially and then be given the opportunity to increase autonomy in line with self-development. We are committed to professional and personal development.

The Skills

We are looking for a pro-active individual from a quality, R&D or related science laboratory background. Fast learner with a keen eye for detail. Work in a systematic and methodical manner undertaking the same task with the same precision each time.

The Future

This position will allow the successful candidate to progress into a variety of roles across numerous business areas within a global company.

Your expertise - Our strength

  • A degree in chemistry or equivalent industry experience. Experience of working in a QC/R&D/Manufacturing/Production Environment.
  • Experience of working in a laboratory environment. Practical experience / knowledge of handling building industry related products.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, spreadsheets, databases and emails. Ability to multi-task and handle workloads under pressure.
  • Problem solving and creative ability. Strong team player. Good interpersonal skills – able to form good working relationships with other departments.
  • Good time keeping with a strong work ethic.
  • We would encourage applications from those already working in a Quality function, or other related laboratories.

About Sika

Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a globally leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protection in the building sector and automotive industry. Sika has subsidiaries in 103 countries around the world and, in over 400 factories, produces innovative technologies for customers worldwide. In doing so, it plays a crucial role in enabling the transformation of the construction and vehicle industries toward greater environmental compatibility. With more than 33,000 employees, the company generated sales of CHF 11.2 billion in 2023.