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A unique opportunity has arisen for a Lab Supervisor to join our expanding company near Shrewsbury.


Forestart Ltd supplies tree, shrub and wild flower seed to nurseries throughout the UK, Europe and the world. We are a customer focused and quality driven company; proud to be the leading supplier of tree and shrub seed in the UK.


You will be responsible for running out on-site seed testing facility. Adhering to company procedures you will put on seed tests, evaluate and record results and use this information to help drive our quality control and provide our customers with the data they require.


The successful candidate will be looking to expand and develop our lab capabilities in the long term.


Duties and Responsibilities will include: 


  • Preparing test boxes and general lab maintenance.
  • Performing purity, moisture, seed count, viability and germination tests in line with company procedures.
  • Perform all duties with a high level of accuracy to maintain the integrity of quality results.
  • Complete and maintain relevant documentation and records, both paper and electronic.
  • Evaluate germination results to determine if retesting is required, processing retest requests.
  • Take a leading role in the process of quality control from receipt of seed to final dispatch.




  • Ideally you will be a graduate with a Biology or plant based degree.
  • You will be able to work on your own initiative; a motivated individual with an aptitude to develop your skills. Excellent organisational and numeracy skills are also required.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and drive to achieve quality throughout the whole production process is required, with an ability to learn quickly and use your own initiative.
  • You will be trained and supported by existing staff to ensure you gain all the skills and knowledge required and to develop your lab expertise.




  • Join us for the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience.
  • We offer a competitive salary and all of the benefits and opportunities of working for a growing organisation. .


Please apply by Friday 5th October 2018 with a covering letter and a copy of you Curriculum Vitae to:


Helen Richardson


Forestart Ltd, The Seed Unit, Ladymas Lane, Hadnall, Shrewsbury, SY4 4AL 



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