Chemistry Lab Manager

  • €50,000 - 60,000
  • Killarney, Republic of Ireland

I'm delighted to be hiring a Chemistry Lab Manager for a Kerry based consultancy and testing facility. This is a rare permanent opportunity to work just outside beautiful Killarney. Some leadership / people management experience is required. You will have 8 direct reports, and will be supported from a technical perspective from the Chief Scientific Officer. Please don't hesitate to apply for this role. Strong salary and benefits package on offer.


A Laboratory Manager to provide professional Management and leadership and expert scientific analytical advice within the Chemistry Laboratory. Reporting to the Senior Management Team. As a member of the Senior Management, the Laboratory Manager will play a critical strategic role in achieving the organization's scientific goals and contributing to the company’s productivity and/or changes to its outputs.


The Laboratory Manager will work closely with the Chief Scientific Officer to mentor, advise, and train all analysts and develop a team of innovative scientists. As subject matter experts, they will support the business development team to win and develop new business. The successful candidate will assess new technologies in the marketplace to make suitable recommendations to the Executive Management Team to invest in new capabilities. Liaising with the Chief Scientific Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Technical Managers to establish and agree on scientific development - specifically through assessing opportunities from, and the impact of, new scientific developments in areas critical to the company's business activities.



  • Lead and manage the Chemistry Laboratory, delivering excellent service to customers in accordance with INAB, ISO17025 standards and the management system
  • Provide technical direction, support and advice in relation to Chemistry as particular area of analytical expertise
  • In conjunction with the Chief Scientific Officer, responsible for the development, validation, troubleshooting, quality assurance and other scientific support within the laboratory. Managing the process for validation of all instruments and processes used within the laboratory
  • Manage team workloads across multiple projects with competing priorities and resources.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor new projects that are in line with the organization's business activities
  • Simplify processes and facilitate implementation of innovative platforms, digital tools and new initiatives
  • Perform SOP review & write-up
  • Plan & execute PT testing
  • To conduct internal audits, QC checks, equipment maintenance & calibration, result entry & validation.
  • Evaluate and report on: staff performance, laboratory staff and equipment resources
  • Discussing test results with customer
  • Checking and signing of all appropriate reports issued by the laboratory.
  • Support the development and the preparation of scientific events by collaborating with colleagues
  • Represent the company and the management team at scientific and industry meetings
  • Describe the organization's strategy and pipeline research to internal and external stakeholders, potential investors, partners, collaborators, and regulatory agencies.
  • Remain current on industry trends and advise the organization regarding scientific matters.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or special projects as needed.


Required Qualifications for Consideration Are…

  • A BSc /MSc in chemistry or other relevant disciplines.
  • A minimum of 5 years of industry experience accompanied by progressive responsibility/authority in a commercial laboratory.
  • Extensive experience in analytical science, including experience in designing, optimizing and troubleshooting extraction & Quantification for a range of analytical instrumentation
  • Experience managing a large team, with strong people, change management and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong leadership skills and excellent interpersonal and emotional intelligence.
  • Able to work to deadlines and adapt to changing conditions and ambiguity generating effective and pragmatic solutions to new situations and problems as they are presented.
  • A key participant in business development; must be familiar with market/opportunity analysis.
  • In dept knowledge of ISO 17025
  • Proven ability to develop appropriately aggressive milestones and consistently achieve targets.

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