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Lab Manager

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Date: 23-Feb-2021

Location: Durban, NL, ZA

Company: Kerry

Requisition ID 21633
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-SS1
Posting Type LI


How often can you find a multi-billion-dollar company that offers you flexibility to change in your career as your interests change? You just did. Kerry's unique culture and commitment to change in the food, beverage, and pharma industries offers support and opportunities as your interests and need to explore grow. If fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and global opportunities appeal to you, then introduce yourself!

About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

Reporting to the Quality Manager of Kerry South Africa, the Laboratory Manager will be required to effectively lead the laboratory team and be responsible for the day-to-day running of the laboratory. The role is responsible for overseeing laboratory sampling and testing, entry of test results (external and internal) and release of finished goods and raw material batches.

Key responsibilities

  • The role oversees the implementation and practice of laboratory programs and Food Safety and Quality procedures.
  • Oversee laboratory activities to ensure lab testing provides the highest quality analytical support for manufacturing while ensuring compliance with protocols, GMP and safety regulations
  • Plan and direct the work activities of the laboratory to ensure that testing and release activities are executed in a timely and compliant manner
  • Scheduling/ rostering for laboratory personnel when required (including weekends)
  • Oversee laboratory investigations, sampling, and testing (including customer complaint investigation support)
  • Review and investigate finished product and raw material out of spec (OOS) results and conduct trending analysis to assist in investigations
  • Creation of SOPs where required for training purposes for direct reports
  • Provide leadership and training to all laboratory employees
  • Maintain laboratory productivity by monitoring workload of direct reports and making staffing adjustments where required
  • Design, develop and implement Laboratory training programs
  • Communicate and supply testing results with the Operations and Supply Chain Team
  • Consolidate and provide accurate data for end of month (EOM) reporting for submission to the Quality Manager

Qualifications and skills

  • Degree in Food Science/Technology or related discipline
  • Prior relevant experience in the Food industry (minimum 5 years) is essential in order to be considered, with a preference shown to those candidates who have prior experience in a flavor manufacturing environment
  • Working knowledge of BRC, HACCP and GMP
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Previous Manager experience required (small team)
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement and change management initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems in a factory environment
  • SAP knowledge is a definite advantage

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here.