Laboratory Quality Manager – Team Leader

Vacancy Area

Manager / Team Leader

Organisation Description:

The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for marine research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI). The Marine Institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220-million-acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and scientific services; and safeguard the marine environment through research and environmental monitoring. The Institute works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) and a network of other Government Departments, semi-state agencies, national and international marine partners.

Summary of the Role:

The successful candidate will:
-    Carry out the role of Quality Manager within MEFSS to maintain the high standard of accreditation/certification (ISO17025 and ISO9001) and expand the scope, as necessary.
-    Represent the Institute in discussions with accreditation bodies and auditors, as well as with FSAI, vendors, sub-contractors and other relevant agencies.
-    Keep abreast of evolving national and international legislation and regulations to ensure that the scope of the Marine Institute quality system satisfies requirements - including the policies and standards to which the quality system adheres.
-    Identify opportunities for improvements and efficiencies in laboratory based activities within MEFSS (e.g. through the use of laboratory information management systems).
-    Work closely with the Facilities Management function of the Marine Institute to ensure that best usage is made of the Institute’s laboratory facilities.
-    Work closely with the Purchasing function of the Marine Institute to ensure:
o    Good practice and efficient supply and availability of laboratory consumables
o    Good value is achieved in the procurement of goods and services, in particular those relating to maintenance and servicing of laboratory equipment.
-    Carry out Health and Safety activities for MEFSS, and ensure that policies, procedures and risk assessment are fit for purpose and adhered to.
Promote the quality ethos within MEFSS.

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Educational and Professional Requirements:

•    A Degree in Science or an equivalent qualification.
•    A minimum of three years relevant work experience in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory environment.
•    Management experience with direct proven ability to manage people, projects and budgets.
•    Experience of significant involvement in a laboratory quality management system – e.g. as quality manager/deputy -
•    Significant knowledge of and experience with ISO17025 standard.
•    Good knowledge and understanding of technical procedures and principles for validation of analytical test methods.
•    Experience of auditing in a laboratory context and closing audit non-compliance identified, assessing the risks posed by the issues raised, determining root causes, ongoing recommendations
•    Proven knowledge of document control software (e.g. Paradigm).
•    High Level of experience in the use of Microsoft Office software packages.
•    Proven report writing Skills, ideally to include Technical reports.  
•    Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with and effectively communicate with colleagues within the Marine Institute and external to the organisation. 
•    Good written and verbal communication skills in addition to effective numeracy skills. 

Duration of Contract:

This temporary specified purpose contract of employment, providing Career Break cover will run for up to two years/24 months.  The successful candidate will be on probation for the first 12 months of this contract.

How to Apply:

A C.V. and letter of application, summarising experience and skill set applicable to the position should be emailed to or posted to Human Resources at the Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway. All correspondence for this post should quote reference MEFS/TL/Quality/Sep22


Closing date for Applications:

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12 noon on Tuesday 11th of October 2022. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

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Marine Institute is an equal opportunities employer

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