Job title: Scientific Operations Manager
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Life Sciences
Salary type: Annual
Salary: GBP £50,000.00
Location: Sittingbourne, Kent
Job published: 11/01/2023
Job ID: 32101
Contact name: Lee Ashworth
Phone number: +441323676373
Contact email:

Job Description

Are you our new Scientific Operations Manager?


We are looking for a professional to coordinate and oversee the operations of an award winning, innovative, growing company serving the In Vitro Diagnostics and Biotech markets.


How you will make an Impact:

The Operations Manager role is mainly to implement the right processes and practices across the organisation.


In this role, you will:

  • Manage budgets and carry out general administrative duties
  • Ensure the smooth running of the laboratory
  • Identifying and evaluating capital equipment and negotiating with suppliers
  • Implementing automation and KAIZEN philosophy in the laboratory
  • Identifying and hiring new staff when necessary
  • Mentor, supervise and train laboratory staff
  • Write Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Compare performance of diagnostic test kits available on the market and identify the best ones to use for in house screening procedures
  • Troubleshoot existing methods
  • Identify process improvement opportunities, adherence to Health & Safety rules and ensure a high standard of the general lab environment
  • Keep abreast of scientific research and developments in the sector
  • Work with Supply Chain Manager to ensure effective rotation of stock and reduce overstocking
  • Establish new manufacturing processes


We are looking for people who have:

  • At least 2-5 years of experience in management
  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Science
  • Excellent leadership skills and ability to develop relationships with colleagues
  • Effective intercultural communication skills, both written and verbal 
  • Proven project management skills
  • Ability to create Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and maintain accurate laboratory records
  • Strong continuous improvement mindset
  • Knowledgeable in Six Sigma, KanBan, the Lean Methodology of product-process development 
  • Antibody and antigen, antisera depletion, acid development, purification experience
  • GLP, GMP, ISO 14385- Specific one for IVD
  • Manufacturing experience- understanding of life/cycle of product, not only testing manufacture experience
  • MUST be based within 1 hour of Sittingbourne, Kent



  • £45,000 - £50,000 basic salary
  • Bonus
  • Pension
  • Private healthcare
  • 20 days holiday plus eight bank holidays
  • Day off for your birthday


The Company: 

The company has a vibrant culture, so a positive can-do attitude, eagerness to be a team player, good sense of humour, flexibility and a willingness to take on various tasks are a must. They are passionate about developing people who want to be part of an expanding, award winning company.


If you are looking to join an exciting and innovative team and company, we would like to talk to you.