Laboratory Shift Manager

On Application
03 Oct 2018
04 Feb 2019
Contract Type

Role Summary:

The Laboratory Shift Manager is a key member of the wider management team and plays a very important role in the development and implementation of Quality Assurance and Food Safety strategies for the site.  The key priorities of the role involve leading and motivating a multi-skilled Laboratory team while ensuring that all QA Laboratory requirements are delivered for the Ballina plant.  


  • Maintain safety systems within the Laboratory                
  • Lead and motivate a multi-skilled Laboratory team and ensure the efficient delivery of all Laboratory activities to schedule
  • Ensure that all ingredients, finished products and intermediate products are tested and released in accordance with company procedures
  • Implementation of company standards to ensure compliance with the policies, procedures, and practices
  • Ensure compliance to ISO 17025 Laboratory Management Systems
  • Implementation and management of GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) requirements
  • Management of the Laboratory Training requirements and Corrective Action Program
  • Embed operational excellence and a continuous improvement culture within the laboratory to deliver improvements through lean principles and systems
  • Ensure processes and equipment validation are carried out in accordance with company and regulatory requirements
  • Management of the internal/ external audit program, liaising with corporate and external registrars/governmental agencies
  • Development of associate competencies/skills ensuring the highest levels of engagement and team capability
  • Develop and implement Performance Development plans for associates
  • Provide support to plant wide improvement activities and lean initiatives
  • Participate in local, regional and global distributed work teams as required
  • Management of the Laboratory consumable and Equipment
  • Working with the site Leadership Team and wider management team regarding management of laboratory operations
  • Make decisions, recommendations and provide guidance on laboratory operations
  • Working with the Supply Management Team on requests for advice, information and technical data
  • Working with suppliers, following up on vendor defects, supplier audits and development and providing technical support
  • Working with regulatory and government agencies regarding updates on quality strategies, requests for information and technical data


Qualifications and experience:

  • A third-level degree in Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related Life Science discipline
  • Minimum 5 years Laboratory or QA industrial experience
  • Familiarity with ISO/IEC  17025:2017 requirements
  • Supervisory experience an advantage
  • Qualification in Continuous Improvement is desirable
  • Proven ability to work with SAP enterprise system
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Analytical decision making and problem solving skills
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting demands and to prioritise accordingly
  • Flexible and able to travel at short notice
  • Experience in testing and release of ingredients and final products


If you are interested in applying for this role please call Nicola on +353 1 2784671 or email


Thornshaw Scientific Recruitment is a leading Irish provider of specialist Scientific Recruitment. Part of the CPL Group.