Laboratory Supervisor

Job Title: Laboratory Supervisor
Job Reference: HQ00055368

Location: Shrewsbury
Job Type: Permanent

£40000 - £50000 per annum, Benefits: Plus Benefits Package
Sector: Engineering

Posted 15 days ago

As the Supervisor of Product Testing for this very successful international consultancy, you will support the Operations Director through leading the day to day operations of the Product Testing team & Laboratory.

With responsibility for prioritising resources against client requirements in order to deliver workflow and revenues against plan, the Laboratory Supervisor will be proactive, organised, detail focused, enjoy good communication skills (Written & Verbal) and be able to lead a team of upto 6 others.

A hands-on as well as leadership role, the Laboratory Supervisor’s effectiveness is gauged through delivery of revenue against plan through the core lab team, the delivery of all client deliverables on time & in full, together with goals of zero significant non-compliances in annual accreditation quality audit, zero customer complaints & zero lost time through accidents.

Other Responsibilities:

The development of quotes, proposals and production of reports; ensuring scientific rigour in all work programme development and reporting.
The prioritisation and coordination of projects across the team to complete programmes of work on time, on budget and in full.
Undertaking routine and non-routine testing on budget and in full to meet the needs of external and internal clients.
The efficient management of resources to deliver against KPIs.
Delivering high quality and timely communications with clients and potential clients through opportunities, proposal development, work progress discussion and reporting.
The coordination of project closure and invoicing, and input to month end reporting for the projects across the team.
Supporting the Director in the identification, specification, ROI analysis, approval, supplier tendering, purchase and commissioning of new equipment.
Significant Budget management.
Health & Safety

Skills & Attributes:   

Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential – especially in direct customer contact as the Laboratory Supervisor will need experience quoting and liaising on pricing and technical requirements.
Experience of converting ill-defined client requests to credible work programmes is expected, together with the ability to translate lab data in to meaningful commentary for clients. 
Whether an experienced Laboratory Lead or Supervisor within a physical testing environment, or a Mechanical or Materials specialist with experience testing & problem solving in the Lab, this role could harness your expertise.
You will need to demonstrate experience of production, testing or maintenance machinery but if you have the Laboratory testing skills and people leadership ability, this role could be the next step in your career.
Knowledge of safe working and quality systems is expected and project management skills where you’ve led the delivery of multifaceted projects is high desirable too.
Competent team leadership is essential ie. goal setting, working to objectives (targets and KPIs) and managing team and individual performance.
The ability to use internal computer systems and MS Office tools is required.
Along with good written English skills, qualifications at A Level/HNC are required as a minimum.

Candidates interested in this exciting and varied role will need to occasionally travel for work, both nationally & internationally, so if you fit the criteria and are keen to join a successful business as it continues to expand, please apply now !



Trevor  Lee


Trevor Lee

Managing Director

Having been in recruitment for 15 years, in 2006 I decided to form Jenrick Commercial (a new division of The Jenrick Group) and I have to say, it’s been one hell of a ride. Recruitment has changed drastically over the last 15 years, however, I’ve learnt that if you keep things simple, work hard, be honest and really understand your clients and candidates then you will do well.

My loves in life are my wife (Miriam) and my son (Toron). I’ve been married for nearly 20 years, so I was snapped up early (my wife clearly has good taste – or at least I like to think so!).

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How 2018 unfolded for Jenrick Commercial and our prediction for 2019

2018 wasn’t a particularly straightforward year for many businesses around the UK, however despite this 2018 was another steady year for us as a business. We saw our business thrive and peak in 2017, with it being our best year ever, and 2018 saw us level on par with that. So for us as a business having this continuity in strength was reassuring and gave us confidence despite the media advertising otherwise due to Brexit.


In Quarter 4 we did see the usual reduction of volume of candidate’s applications. We do find this to be the norm prior to Christmas, many candidates often put aside looking for a new role in November until the New Year so this wasn’t a surprise. Although we did see a lull in candidate movement at the back end of the year, a point to note is that not one candidate we spoke to advised that they were staying put until after Brexit.


What has been a surprise is that normally we do see higher response of volume on applications and candidates looking for work at this point of the year, following the theme ‘New year, new career’, however applications have been far lighter compared to the start of 2018. This highlights that the war on good, quality talent is becoming even more difficult.


On the flip side the volume of new jobs has been very steady, even rising slightly, since Jan 1st. This is based on our client growth as well as the strong relationships we have formed with our current clients – around  91% of our business is referred of repeat. January and February have been a great start to the year with both placement of permanent and contract positions increasing so we are seeing no slow down with new business.


Where’s the future at?


It goes without saying that Brexit will no doubt shape and define where the market goes. The likelihood is increasing that we will extend the negotiations and not leave as planned on the 29th March. While we are unsure as to how long the delay will be, it could dominate through to the end of 2019 meaning a steady and cautious, if not unpredictable, year.


Whatever the outcome is; a deal as planned, a delayed deal or even a no deal then we do foresee the market to the cautious throughout 2019. Obviously the sooner the decision is made then the more likely it will be that we will see stability in our industry and the overall market conditions of the UK bringing confidence back in and normality taking hold.


As most of our clients tend to sit within either; Technology, Professional Services, Financial Services we definitely haven’t seen any change with new opportunities, however the market is all around confident and if confidence is high then opportunity will flow.


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