Microbiology Supervisor - Intertek1154

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Job Title: Microbiology Supervisor
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Job Category: Laboratory
Job Location: Stoke, United Kingdom

Do you have experience of counting and interpreting pathogens, spoilage and indicator organisms?

Do you want to be part of a fast-growing, dynamic, successful team as part of a FTSE 50 company? 

Are you looking for a forward-facing role in Stoke, where you will lead a team at the forefront of food safety encompassing and encourage them to reach their highest potential? 


An opportunity has arisen for a Food Microbiology Supervisor to perform plate counting, confirmation of samples and sample processing. As a Laboratory Supervisor you will ideally be an experienced microbiologist with knowledge of food testing, particularly pathogen identification.  Working within a fast- moving environment the Microbiology Supervisor will be focused on driving operational efficiencies, high standards of service delivery, continuous improvement and best value solutions.

The Microbiology Supervisor role will involve:

Reading plates, confirmation and validation of analytical results as required.

Drive the methods forward through validations and new technologies

Adhering to documented procedures for all aspects of laboratory work and maintenance of exceptional records

Reporting and/or calculation of results in accordance with the methods of analysis.

Maintain turnaround time at >99%, ensuring that daily targets are achieved.

Responsible for ensuring that UK health and safety legislation is maintained and helping to ensure that the working environment is kept in a clean and tidy manner with due attention to the careful maintenance of all laboratory fittings and equipment.

Supervise the team to drive the laboratory forward through continuous improvement.

To assist through operating best practice in order to meet the requirements of the UKAS accreditation standard.

Provide a high level of internal and external customer care.

Providing operational control 

The successful candidate will be considered as one of the senior members of the shift and will deputise for the Microbiology Manager as required

The role will be based in Stoke on Trent (ST6), which is a multi-discipline site ensuring Food safety in the UK and offers good transportation links to all surrounding areas including the M6. The role holder will be required to work 4 on 4 off with 12-hour shifts.

In addition to generous paid holiday we will provide you with the required training, education and mentoring that will allow you to meet the requirements of the role and develop new skills to progress in your career.


Alongside qualifications and experience, we look for people who believe in what we believe in.  People who enjoy coming to work each day and being part of a team who provide "results that matter" in establishing a trusted partnership which the UK’s food producers

Previous experience of reading culture plates and interpretation of pathogens, spoilage and indicator organisms

Previous experience of confirmation of microorganism’s thorough use of biochemical techniques 

Substantial experience working in an accredited Laboratory

High level of knowledge and competence of Microbiology


Global pioneers in the Quality Assurance industry, they are the only company in the world that delivers – on a truly global scale – a fully integrated portfolio of Assurance, Testing, Inspection and Certification services.

Over 44,000 employees located in 1,000+ laboratories and offices across the world.

Our innovation-led, end-to-end Total Quality Assurance (‘TQA’) proposition helps organisations operate safely, effectively and with complete peace of mind in an increasingly complex, fast-changing world across all industries.

A focused strategy and culture that gives employees the right platform to grow and develop their careers


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

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We 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 four 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.

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20th September 2019