Microbiology Team Leader - Intertek336

Job Information

Job Title: Microbiology Team Leader
Job Code: 
Job Category: Laboratory
Job Location: Stoke, United Kingdom

Do you have prior supervisory experience working in a food microbiology laboratory, or supervising complex processes to high quality standards in a Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) environment?

Do you want to be part of a fast-growing, successful team as part of a FTSE 100 company?

Do you want to work for a company that rewards performance?

If you answered yes to all of the above we want to hear from you as we have an exciting opportunity for a Microbiology Team Leader to join our dynamic team based in Stoke.

Intertek’s food services help to protect their clients brand and reputation with a better food supply chain, from the farm to fork. 

Food safety and quality are of the greatest importance to the consumer and everyone involved in the manufacturing and distribution of food products and services.  Intertek’s innovative approach and client-focused understanding means they can make a positive impact on businesses as a truly global partner to help understand the wide variety of international standards and regulations, from source to delivery.

Job Responsibilities

We are a busy commercial food microbiology lab and are looking for a Team Leader to join our site management team. 

We are looking to recruit an experienced, dynamic, proactive and enthusiastic Team Leader, ideally with knowledge of food testing in compliance with ISO17025. You will work with a team of up to 12 people, overseeing and assuring the quality, speed, efficiency and accuracy of their work. Reporting to the Laboratory Manager you will be responsible for all aspects of sample preparation and test set up as well as maintaining a high standard of GLP and housekeeping.

People Management Responsibilities

Drive performance through setting clear performance expectations

Manage performance through regular communications including one to ones, team meetings and regular feedback

Set a high performance culture

Take charge in releasing potential of the team

Additional information

The shift pattern for this role is ‘four days on-four days’ off with the total working hours averaging 37.5 per week. Some additional overtime may be necessary during busy periods.

Job Qualifications

Required skills and experience

Good IT literacy skills

Previous experience of working in a food microbiology lab would be preferred, but is not essential.

Experience of auditing and operating proficiency scheme schedules would also be viewed favourably.

If you are not already in a testing environment then experience of supervising complex processes to high quality standards in an FMCG environment is essential.

Staff Training

Staff attendance management and compliance with standards

Supervising a manufacturing/ test set up process and understanding the use of and need for various measurement tools/KPI’s to effectively do this

Working to very high quality standards and tight deadlines.

Excelling in a fast paced, dynamic environment

Personal Qualities


Promotes company values to others and supports values in daily activities and decisions, whilst incorporating company vision when planning  

Results driven to focus contribution on activities which meet company goals and deliver the greatest value

Ability to critique and improve activities through continuous improvement and innovation

Ability to demonstrate exceptional customer service

The ability to demonstrate respect, equity and empathy for a diverse community

Motivated, self-starter

Encourage teamwork (promote operational synergies and alignment) to support each other, our customers and grow together

Highly energised mind-set with willingness and desire to learn and adapt individually as well as creating an environment for people to grow

Drive performance through setting clear performance expectations

Drive performance by ensuring performance expectations are met

Sets a high-performance culture

Ability to recognise and reward strong individual and team performance

Fosters integrity and honesty

Ensure compliance to company, industry and regulatory standards

Highly organised with strong attention to detail

Confident communicator (written/ oral) and able to build rapport, quickly and effectively

Demonstrates flexibility and resilience in order to meet the demands of the role

How to Apply

Please provide a CV, Covering Letter (outlining your suitability for the role) and Salary Expectations to dellah.hickson@intertek.com including the reference Intertek336. All candidates will be required to confirm eligibility to work in the UK before starting employment.

As a matter of courtesy, we will try to respond to all applications. However, due to the volume of applications received, we may not be able to respond to individual candidates. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks unfortunately, your application has been unsuccessful. Please do not let this deter you from applying for vacancies in the future should you meet the minimum requirements of the role.

Intertek operates a preferred supplier arrangement and we do not accept unsolicited approaches from agencies

Closing Date 

2nd January 2018