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Food Microbiology Lab Assessor (potentially homebased)

£30,000 - £35,000 + Car + Benefits
10 Jan 2019
14 Jan 2019
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type

Food Microbiology Assessor

Gloucestershire/Homebased with reports into HO


£30,000 - £35,000 + Car + Benefits

Job role

The position is for someone with strong, proven and up to date knowledge and experience in food microbiology, laboratory management and laboratory quality systems (particularly ISO17025); and also proven experience of auditing to recognised standards.

The job is demanding and requires a substantial amount of travelling, often out of core hours - predominantly in the UK though overseas travel will be expected to varying degrees throughout the year – and the need to work to defined deadlines.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To conduct laboratory assessments as expected of a full-time assessor.
  • To deliver professional assessments of the expected scope and standard
  • To manage, deliver and report work to defined deadlines and required standard
  • To accurately assess the status of laboratory operations (management and technical areas) and give valid/defendable recommendations on accreditation/approval
  • To accurately review and comment on technical content of methods and suitability of
    supporting in house validation data and QC checks in relation to intended use
  • To accurately assess suitability of actions to address findings raised by assessments
    and provide constructive feedback.

Qualifications and competencies

  • Recognised qualifications in, and proven, up to date knowledge and experience of food microbiology.
  • Extensive proven practical experience and technical understanding of up to date standard/recognised food microbiology methods and novel/commercial rapid methods (covering pathogens, indicator and spoilage organisms) and routine testing activities
  • Extensive experience and understanding of the management and technical requirements in
    ISO 17025 and/or CLAS Standard - acquired by first-hand experience over several years

a) managing/supervising, at a senior level, accredited laboratory operations and
b) developing and implementing quality systems within laboratories.


  • Experience of planning and conducting in house method evaluations/validations,
    appraising data and compiling validation reports.
  • Trained in principle of auditing with previous proven experience of auditing
    quality systems against recognised Standards. (preferably within laboratory operations)
  • Practical/working knowledge of specific retailer requirements for microbiology laboratories desirable, but not essential
  • Full and clean driving licence

For further information please contact lesa at CPA Recruitment on 0208 203 1000 or email an up to date CV to

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