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Associate Blending Technician

Associate Blending Technician

  • Location United Kingdom - Reading
  • Travel required Negligible travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category Research & Technology Group
  • Relocation available This role is not eligible for relocation
  • Job type Professionals
  • Job code RQ082272
  • Experience level Entry
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Job summary

Job Family Group:

Research & Technology Group

Job Description:

We have an exciting new opportunity to join as a Blending Technician here at bp! The Blending team is part of the applied sciences group that conducts storage stability testing, blending laboratory operations and associated tasks in support of the product development projects across engine oils, motorsport and thermal fluids.

This role sits within our Product Development team and is responsible for conducting storage stability testing and reporting. Other responsibilities include conducting blending laboratory operations and engine oil formulations, conducting associated tasks and accountabilities in support of product development projects for Castrol and bp businesses.

This is a fully operational role in an agile team responsible for high quality and efficient testing and blending of fluids. The role requires the capability to manually handle containers up to 20kg on a frequent basis as part of daily responsibilities. The successful candidate will be responsible for storage stability testing of engine oil formulations, generating reports and associated tasks. They will also be responsible for blending and associated activities and will take ownership of workload, showing strong prioritizing skills. Flexibility of response to changing priorities is key.

What does the day to day look like?

  • Manage, prioritise and undertake storage stability testing as requested by development technologists according to local procedures ensuring timely delivery to high quality and safety standards.
  • Manage, prioritise and undertake blending of fluids as requested by development technologists using a range of blending processes according to local procedures ensuring timely delivery to high quality and safety standards.
  • Be the point of contact for the storage stability testing area and coordinate with the blending team and development technologists.
  • Be the point of contact for a development technologist team and coordinate non-blending tasks, such as decanting, facilitating dispatch and booking in of raw materials/products to storage.
  • Manage storage of incoming samples and raw materials digitally and physically, including stock control, Quality Control and Safety Data Sheets’s
  • Responsible for submission of samples for testing both internally and externally. Working with external suppliers, test labs and blending facilities as needed.
  • Support training for new starters and visitors to include operation of laboratory equipment, blending and raw material management
  • Actively contribute to the running of the team and Blending department, including re-stocking consumables and maintaining good housekeeping in the laboratory. Proactively assist and support colleagues as required.
  • Deliver safe and reliable operations through commitment to bp’s HSSE standards and Code of Conduct
  • Work closely with Blending Team Leader, Blending Supervisor and development technologists to ensure application of the best laboratory practices, sample handling, lab standards and all HSSE requirements.
  • Help identify and implement opportunities for continuous improvement, efficiency gains and digital transformation
  • Supporting the team compliance with quality standards in support of several external accreditations.

What do we want to see from you!

  • GCSEs or equivalent in the sciences or related disciplines
  • Able to demonstrate a collaborative team approach to working
  • Able to demonstrate high level of organisational/management skills
  • Able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills to a diverse set of stakeholders
  • Laboratory experience including accurate working/attention to detail, stock/inventory control, and knowledge of safe working practices are critical
  • Good digital skills, including use of Microsoft applications
  • English fluency, written and oral


  • Higher education in Chemistry/Applied Science, laboratory operations or related technical discipline
  • Analytical, scientific or mechanical testing experience
  • Basic knowledge of lubricant/engine oil products, their composition, manufacture and application
  • Knowledge of agile working and use of planning tools e.g ADO
  • Data analysis and manipulation using MS excel, VBA/Macros, Python, SQL
  • Small scale manufacturing/laboratory scale production
  • Forklift truck license would be useful

Why join our team?

At bp, we provide an excellent working environment and employee benefits such as an open and inclusive culture, a great work-life balance, tremendous learning and development opportunities to craft your career path, life and health insurance, medical care package and many others.

We support our people to learn and grow in a diverse and challenging environment. We believe that our team is strengthened by diversity. We are committed to crafting an inclusive environment in which everyone is respected and treated fairly.

There are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are meaningful, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits can include flexible working options, collaboration spaces in a modern office environment, and many others benefits.

Reinvent your career as you help our business meet the challenges of the future.

Apply now!

Travel Requirement:

Negligible travel should be expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is not eligible for relocation

Remote Type:

This position is not available for remote working


Agility core practices, Analytical Thinking, Creating new methodologies, Experimental Design, Formulated product testing, Formulation Deployment, Formulation design, Intellectual Asset Management, Multi-physics modelling, Presenting, Product Development, Product Sustainability Performance Management, Project Management, Raw materials knowledge, Research and development, Rheology, Safety management across the value chain, Science and Technology Leadership, Scientific publication, Technology Management Processes, Testing electric vehicle charging systems, Thought Leadership, Tribology, Vehicle propulsion technologies, Writing skills

Legal Disclaimer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity/neurocognitive functioning, veteran status or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation related to bp’s recruiting process (e.g., accessing the job application, completing required assessments, participating in telephone screenings or interviews, etc.).  If you would like to request an accommodation related to the recruitment process, please contact us to request accommodations.

If you are selected for a position and depending upon your role, your employment may be contingent upon adherence to local policy.  This may include pre-placement drug screening, medical review of physical fitness for the role, and background checks.

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