Section Manager - Chromatography (12 Months Fixed Term - Maternity) in Gloucestershire


The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department comprises around 60 staff from a wide range of disciplines. It provides essential services to industry through a wide range of analytical testing and research activities. The Department is organised into four operational sections: Chromatography, Biochemistry, Microscopy, and Food Composition.


The Chromatography Section, in common with other groups is active in our four key business pillars of work: Analysis and Testing, Research and Innovation, Operational Support, and Knowledge Management.  The Section undertakes work using a wide range of analytical techniques such as GC, HPLC, GC/MS/MS, LC/MS/MS, GC/QToF and ICP/MS.  Much of the work within the Section is aimed at identifying and quantifying organic and inorganic contaminants and targeting nutritional components such as vitamins, preservatives and sweeteners.


The Position

The role is to lead and manage a team of scientists in the Chromatography Section (currently 22 staff).  A key aspect of the role is to develop new business for the Section, often in association with other departments.  In this respect we are seeking an individual with broad technical knowledge of chromatography and mass spectrometry and a working knowledge of contaminants assays trouble shooting and ISO17025.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Leadership and management of staff including recruitment, development, motivation and efficient utilisation
  • Financial and budgetary management for the sectional cost centre
  • Business development, including external marketing and sales, and strategic thinking in new products and services
  • Ensuring operational efficiency through resource management and work practices
  • Technical delivery of outputs to agreed service levels
  • Implementation of required systems of business management (including H&S) control
  • Maintenance of up to date knowledge of scientific and technical developments in the field


Qualifications and competencies

  • Degree and relevant post-graduate experience or equivalent – likely to be a recognised expert in field.
  • Strong knowledge of food science and technology.
  • Good understanding of chromatography, mass spectrometry, ISO17025 and development of bespoke methods.
  • Proven effectiveness in managing timely and cost-effective delivery of technical services/research outputs.
  • Proven business development capabilities
  • Competence in team leadership and management of staff and resource utilisation.
  • Commercial and financial awareness relevant to the marketing and selling of services.
  • Well-developed communication skills, both verbal and written – upwards, downwards and outwards.
  • Embodies Values, Can Do, Innovative, Enterprising, Friendly, and Enthusiastic


Key Skills

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Technical, financial and business management skills applied to the provision of analytical services for the food & drink sector.
  • Leadership in the development and provision of excellent client service.

The person will be independent, self-motivated and have an ability to communicate effectively with people across work areas including administrators and scientists at all levels within the business and our client base.




Chipping Campden



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