Microbiology Group Lead - Biopharma - Cork

Location: Ireland


Job Type: Perm

Industry: Biotech-Pharma-Medical-Device-Jobs

Job ID: JO-1908-19270

Consultant: Karen McHugh

Are you a Microbiology Group Lead with 5+ years relevant experience of microbiology laboratory and strong leadership skills and at least 2 years previous supervisory experience.

If you have the relevant experience, please forward your CV to karen@jobcontax.com for review or call 353 1 7978720 to discuss in confidence.

Microbiology Group Lead - Biopharma - Cork


Our client is a leading Contract Research Organization (CRO), working with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device sectors.

Job Description

The primary purpose of this role is to lead and manage an off-site team of analytical staff to ensure that customer requirements, quality requirements, and organisational goals are met. 

Staff must be led, motivated and developed so that they are able to react effectively to the business needs. 

This person will be the key point of contact for both the Team and also the client on a day-to-day basis.

There will be a high emphasis on agreed client requirements, ensuring that client expectations are met or exceeded through effective leadership and quality operational management.

Effectively coordinating and managing the team so that productivity, quality, documentation, work schedules, safety and housekeeping are run at maximum efficiency.

Ensure that the client gets the best possible service by continually reviewing best practice in relation to both commercial and quality issues and ensuring 100% ethical work standards and GMP compliance.

Responsible for the development, coaching, motivation, and morale of team members through effective teambuilding and use of reward and recognitions systems celebrating team success.

Communicate regularly with the client and Management to ensure information is shared effectively and actions are taken immediately.

Responsible for quality risk assessment of various technical processes, including sampling plans; preparation of validation protocols and subsequent procedures for final approval by client personnel.

Reviewing and approving all relevant documentation and technical data in a timely manner and ensuring that it communicated, documented, and filed accurately.

Reviewing and improving commercial work practices. Responsible for identifying areas where efficiencies may be improved and liaising with the client appropriately about any proposed improvements.

Forward planning of activities in order to maximise the use of client resources during training periods.

Ensure that work is scheduled and cross training takes place so that the service levels agreed with the customer are achieved. 

Amend schedules as required.

Carry out analysis if required by shortage of personnel or other circumstances

Ensure that all analysts are trained and have completed training records for all tests and other training completed.

Carry out performance appraisals with staff as part of the overall performance management programme within the organisation.

Continuous feedback to all members of their team on all items in relation to client or organisational requirements / changes.

Handle any customer related queries where necessary and liaising with their team and with personnel from other teams to problem solve these queries if needed.

Overall responsibility for the cleanliness and tidiness of the team work environment, and the safety of the team on the client site.

Ensure equipment is properly maintained and in the event of a breakdown that it is repaired in accordance with client procedures (with reference to timeliness, quality and cost.)


A degree in Microbiology or a related discipline is required.

At least 5 years’ relevant experience of microbiology laboratory.

Excellent leadership skills and at least 2 years previous supervisory experience.

Previous responsibility for approving valid analytical measurements.

Good understanding of chemistry is advantageous.

Thorough understanding of requirements for working in a GMP environment.

Ability to quickly learn new processes.

Ability to communicate clearly and to form strong working relationships with colleagues.

Ability to work on own initiative and be capable of developing solutions to problems as part of a team.

Willing to operate in a flexible manner and be able to switch priorities at short notice.

Good team player, organised, accurate, have strong documentation skills.

Passionate about quality and customer service.

Good communication skills both internally and externally.


Competitive Salary

Permanent Full time position

Benefits include medical insurance, pension and life assurance.


Karen McHugh is the consultant managing this position.

If you have any queries about this role, you can contact him by e-mail karen@jobcontax.com or phone +353-1-7978720

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