Laboratory Manager

REPORTING TO: Project Coordinator/Dean, Postgraduate Studies & Research


A College of Medicine Clinical Laboratory Facility (CLF) is being assembled. This has created the current opportunity for a Laboratory Manager. This is a key appointment.

Reporting to CLF Management the Laboratory Manager will be the key strategic leadership role in integrating existing COM laboratory infrastructure to form the CLF. This goal will be achieved through implementation of a comprehensive laboratory quality management system including equipment consolidation, rehousing, procurement and validation, installation; training and evaluation of laboratory technicians; coordination with, principal investigators, faculty and students.The Appointee will be responsible for assuring that the laboratory gains and maintains international quality accreditation standards.


• Develop a clear understanding of COM strategic laboratory objectives and how these might be coalesced into a coherent CLF action plan
• Scope, plan and manage the delivery of the assigned laboratory infrastructure and services
• Develop, implement and maintain comprehensive quality assurance plan, comprehensive safety, waste disposal and security plans communications plans and supporting management systems needed to meet client needs
• Work with the Project Coordinator (and CLF Management) to identify and develop infrastructure and equipment needs.
• Supervise and support laboratory technicians within the CLF and collaborating laboratories
• Develop and maintain an expert working knowledge of laboratory technology, quality assurance and management and therefore be a point of reference, information and expertise
• Pro-actively manage the all aspects of the quality assurance plan to international laboratory accreditation standards
• Manage the programme budget for laboratory equipment and other resources where designated/appropriate to do so.


Knowledge & Experience (including qualifications)

• Managing complex laboratory equipment operation, validation and maintenance.
• Managing reagents and associated resources inventory and procurement
• Coordinating laboratory experiments and placements for faculty, undergraduate and post graduate students, and visiting researchers
• Managing multiple work-streams dealing with different experimental needs
• Managing multiple stakeholders needs in laboratory setupEssential

• A minimum of a Master of Sciences plus a four year Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, chemistry, Environmental sciences or related sciences

• Experience of managing specific equipment for chemistry analysis and bioactivity studies
• A minimum of more than 3 years at managerial/supervisory position.


• Research laboratory Management (scoping, planning and execution)
• Understanding of the issues surrounding execution of clinical laboratory based programmes and projects.
• Problem solving and analytical skills
• Laboratory Risk and safety management
• Ability to prioritise and manage conflicts (people and tasks)
• Networking, engagement, persuasion, influencing and communications skills
• Written, oral and presentations skills
• Ability to show tact and diplomacy managing sensitive issues in a discreet manner
• Systems thinking. (Strategically aware with the ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ but able to translate and describe in detailed plan form)
• Leadership and people management .
• Ability to build effective collaborative relationships with a wide range of professionals within and outside the College of Medicine
• Ability to lead multi-disciplinary and multi-agency groups to achieve the optimum outcome for all parties.
• Ability to set plans at a strategic level incorporating aggressive timescales and manage to successful completion
• Coaching and mentoring .
• Strong critical reasoning ability in order to think strategically, logically and clearly, and to take rational decisions and decisive action under pressure
• Ability to analyse both qualitative and quantitative information
• Ability to identify the wider implications of any change and the inter-dependencies between different initiatives
• Possess a high degree of accuracy and attention to details.

Proven commercial acumen i.e. Value for Money (VFM), Return on Investment (ROI).


Budgetary Responsibility

Overseeing budget allocation to laboratory equipment, reagents and consummables


Direct Reports
• The post will have line management responsibility for a team of subordinates and Programme Support staff and will use Matrix management




Send Applications to:


The Registrar

College of Medicine

Private Bag 360

Blantyre 3


Deadline: 05/05/2017