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Laboratory Technician job at Vivo Energy Uganda

About the Organization

We are a market-leading, pan-African retailer and distributor of high-quality fuels and lubricants using the Shell and Engen brands.
We source, distribute, market and supply these products to retail and commercial customers across Africa and keep the continent on the move.
We have a growing non-fuel retail offering and are continuing to develop innovative energy solutions to enhance sustainability.

Job Description

The Laboratory Technician leads Vivo Energy Uganda’s Depot Laboratory Operations, ensuring timely and accurate re-certification of fuel quality, compliance with industry standards and regulatory requirements, and maintaining a safe and efficient laboratory environment.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure comprehensive testing and re-certification of white products entering depots, meeting both regional and internal standards, and update the loading Certificate of Analysis accordingly.

  • Conduct daily testing and re-certification of products from selling tanks to ensure they meet product grade/batch specifications and are deemed ‘fit-for-purpose’.

  • Receive and test weekly samples from the Mbale depot, verifying compliance with required quality standards.

  • Perform rigorous quality tests, report results to Quality and Depot Managers, and promptly resolve product quality issues, including investigations into suspected adulteration.

  • Address customer and depot complaints through detailed chemical analysis, ensuring timely resolution and customer satisfaction.

  • Ensure meticulous product traceability and referencing from loading points to retail/commercial sites, actively supporting PQA Surveys.

  • Provide expert advice to depot operations teams on optimal product blend ratios for non-conforming specifications.

  • Conduct comprehensive training sessions for staff and contractors on product knowledge and serve as a valuable technical resource.

  • Maintain, calibrate, and oversee the proper use of certified reference fuel measurement instruments, thermometers, and hydrometers.

  • Collaborate closely with UNBS Laboratory staff on testing protocols and fuel marker concentration, and coordinate with external laboratories for necessary third-party testing.

  • Conduct regular inventory audits of laboratory consumables and strictly adhere to Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) to uphold operational standards.

  • Ensure strict adherence to the Goal Zero initiative in all laboratory operations, conduct proficiency testing on samples, and determine uncertainty measurements as per standard procedures.

  • Support ongoing monitoring of PMS and V-power additive dosing levels throughout the supply chain to ensure compliance with Shell Brand International requirements.

  • Execute additional product quality projects and perform duties as assigned by supervisors to contribute effectively to operational objectives.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a related field from a reputable university.

  • 2-3 years of proven experience in a laboratory setting, demonstrating proficiency in laboratory testing procedures and instruments such as chromatography and spectroscopy.

  • Track record of conducting chemical analysis, performing quality testing, and maintaining laboratory instruments effectively.

  • Knowledge and understanding of laboratory operations, including testing methodologies, equipment calibration, and strict adherence to safety protocols.

  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills to manage multiple testing procedures and maintain precise records.

  • Effective communication skills to report findings to management and collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.

  • Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision and cooperatively as part of a dynamic team environment.

  • Experience with quality control processes and familiarity with regulatory standards, including ISO requirements.

  • Understanding of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and a strong commitment to maintaining safety protocols.

  • Capability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, prioritize tasks effectively, and consistently meet deadlines.

  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new laboratory procedures and technologies as required.

How to Apply

APPLICATION FOR THIS POSITION MUST BE DONE ONLINE:
Are you interested? Click the "APPLY" button below to submit your application.

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