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Laboratory Manager

Jarvis Johnson
London (Greater)
up to £50k per annum
Closing date
23 Jan 2022

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Food Manufacturing
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Our Client, a fast paced, high volume manufacturer of chilled foods for the Major Retailers, is looking for a Laboratory Manager for their site based in London / Kent.  The successful candidate will work closely with the Laboratory and Factory Teams, overseeing the day to day running of laboratory activities and leading the site’s micro improvement plan to drive Food Safety.

Reporting to the Head of Technical, key accountabilities for the role are:

  • Ensuring the effective operation of the Laboratory to budget
  • Maintenance of the CLAS/RSA accreditation standards of the CLASS II pathogen laboratory
  • Management and Training of Laboratory Personnel
  • Effective and accurate internal reporting of Laboratory findings
  • Monitoring equipment performance and arranging appropriate repair, service and calibration
  • Investigating atypical results and quality system failures and actioning accordingly
  • Contributing to the ongoing development of the company’s HACCP plans
  • The upkeep of the Company Microbiological Methods Manual
  • Development and maintenance of all laboratory sampling to meet customer and legal specifications
  • Stock Control and ordering
  • Product and raw material release control
  • Liaising with external laboratories for external testing
  • Documenting out of specification reports, completing and dictating investigations and corrective actions following results
  • Interpreting statistical data to identify trends
  • Leading the site’s micro improvement plan, conducting meetings with relevant parties to ensure appropriate actions are taken to enhance the site’s food safety performance
  • Maintaining the site’s environmental monitoring plan, adjusting swab points and frequencies of swabbing as appropriate

Essential skills and experience include:

  • Previous experience managing a CLAS/RSA CLASS II pathogen Laboratory ideally within a chilled Food Manufacturing environment.
  • BSc / MSc required in Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Technology, or related field or relevant experience
  • A Strong communicator, experienced in liaising with external laboratories
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public

The working hours for this role are Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm and the salary is up to £50k per annum.  You may be required to travel to other sites / laboratories so a driving licence would be ideal but is not essential.



The Company:

  • A well-established multi-site chilled food manufacturer
  • Modern and well invested sites
  • Supplying major retailers across the UK

If you are interested in applying for this role please apply AS SOON AS POSSIBLE quoting reference number JJ-P4582 with an updated CV, an indication of your current salary and your availability.



Jarvis Johnson is a Specialist Recruitment and Interim Management Agency, set up by Technical Managers and “Placing Technical First” for the Food Manufacturing Industry.

We have a total database of over 6,500 candidates within our specialist areas of Technical, Quality and NPD, built up over the last 20 years.  

We identify candidates with specialist experience, seeking referrals from influential candidates within the market, combined with advertising on Food Industry specific and generalist job boards as well as searching external databases and our very wide LinkedIn Network.

We truly believe in building strong relationships with both our candidates and clients and we go the extra mile to find candidates who really fit in terms of experience, skills and personality/ culture fit.

If you’re an Interim Manager who wants to be notified on upcoming assignments or you are looking for a new permanent role and want to be kept updated on new vacancies then please email an updated CV together with location and remuneration details to 

If you are representing a Food Company and want to find out more about our Recruitment / Interim Management  services then please email  for a copy of our Terms of Business or call 01302 366967 to speak to our ex-Technical Manager Managing Director, Lisa Johnson


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01302 366967
70-72 Nottingham Road
NG18 1BN
United Kingdom
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