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Lab Manager

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Date: 10-Jun-2022

Location: Durban, NL, ZA

Company: Kerry

Requisition ID 37733
Position Type FT Permanent
Recruiter #LI-JT1
Posting Type LI


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's SA site, 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. The role also oversees the implementation and practice of laboratory programs and Food Safety and Quality procedures.

This is a full-time permanent position in Kerry's Hammarsdale office.

Key responsibilities

  • 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 setting.
  • 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.