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We are looking for an Associate Director, Head of Laboratories, to lead our clients Central Laboratory based in South Wales. 

Coming from either a pharmaceutical or CRO sector background, you will be passionate about your career and developing both your own career and that of your team. You’ll have a working knowledge of the drug development industry and be keen to deliver high quality results, understanding the crucial role that a laboratory plays in the potential new drug research, development and approval journey. 

You are a proven manager of people, enjoying developing emerging talent and seeing your team grow.  
You enjoy being a leader of a business unit and have experience managing the profitable department. You will receive the management accounts for your department and will be expected to be responsible, accountable and understand why your performance is favourable or adverse to the budget which you set with the Group’s senior management team. 

Interacting with clients (external or internal) will be something you enjoy and listening to customer needs and working to develop workable solutions that meet all parties’ needs is something you relish.

This role will be extremely professionally rewarding to the right candidate who has the experience and expertise and personal grit to thrive in a rapidly growing and changing business.  This role has the potential for future promotion and development to the senior management group over a number of years.  You will drive and deliver change rapidly and bring their existing laboratories up to a world class standard. 

To have the best chance of success, your education, experience and skills should include:


  • BSc degree in a relevant discipline and preferably MSc, PhD and/or HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist
  • Experience working in a GxP environment 
  • Experience of maintaining laboratory regulatory compliance to GxP (MHRA) 
  • Experience of accreditation of clinical study laboratory operations (ISO, UKAS)
  • Operational experience in either a  Pathology (clinical) or Bioanalytical (chemistry) laboratory working on clinical study samples
  • Previous experience managing a laboratory analysing samples from clinical studies
  • Writing and maintaining Quality documents – policies, SOPs, work instructions
  • Have been audited and responded to audits by QA, clients, regulatory authorities
  • Have prepared and implemented CAPAs
  • Experience participating in the review and financial management of a department
  • Strong working knowledge of laboratory practices and the clinical development process and its critical paths. 
  • Working knowledge of GCP and GCP for Laboratories

Please apply now to explore this opportunity. Any salary range detailed is a guide only and not set by the client. We are interested in speaking with the best candidates in the market and the compensation package is negotiable.


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Tom Midmore