Laboratory Analyst


Southern Oil Pty Ltd, an established company and market leader in the manufacturing of Canola oil and related products in the retail, food services and bulk sectors, have the following exciting career opportunity in Swellendam.

Short Summary: 

The main responsibility of this position is to ensure that good laboratory practices are followed, quality testing is conducted and reported and to take full responsibility for the handling and maintenance of laboratory equipment.


  • Responsible for verification of routine QC performed before (raw materials receiving), during (press, extraction plant, neutralising, acid oil, bleaching and deodorising) and after (oil cake, final product, COA-purposes) crushing and refining of edible oils, before results of samples or processes are recorded and reported
  • Ensure that the detail on the load sheet (e.g. seal numbers, batch numbers, item codes, customer names, etc.) is transferred correctly to the documents that accompany each delivery (e.g. test report)
  • Ensure the correct calculation of quantities of antioxidants and anti-foam recorded on the load sheets
  • Ensure each customer has a fully and correctly completed test report
  • Responsible for operating sensitive laboratory equipment (e.g. NIR, ICP, GC, etc.)
  • Daily and weekly verification checks
  • Raw Materials (seeds/oils/packaging) – inspection of goods received
  • Management of retainer and shelf life samples
  • Preparation of chemical solutions and standards
  • Sample preparation from set test methods
  • Strict adherence to lab safety, PPE & Food Safety rules & regulations
  • Compiling daily test reports
  • Involvement with laboratory projects
  • Part of sensory evaluation team
  • Assist in the training verification of new lab trainees
  • Housekeeping & cleaning

Key competencies:

Education and skills required:

  • B.Sc. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Food Technology. Candidates with a diploma in Analytical Chemistry are also welcome to apply
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in Afrikaans and/or English
  • Computer Literate (MS Word, Excel, Outlook)

Experience required:

  • Previous laboratory experience will be an added advantage

Interpersonal skills required:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Analytically minded & logical thinking skills
  • Excellent work ethics and integrity
  • Excellent time management
  • Initiative and drive
  • Problem solving skills
  • Quality orientated
  • Customer Service orientated
  • Work in line with the company’s vision, mission and goals
  • Tolerance for stress
  • Energetic
  • Teachable
  • Team player

We invite candidates to forward their comprehensive CV’s to the Human Resources Department via e-mail at or hand deliver by no later than Friday, 26 April 2019.


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