Deputy Laboratory Manager

Permanent employee, Full-time · Huntingdon

Job Summary
The Deputy Lab Manager will play a crucial role managing a team of Biomedical Scientists (BMS) and Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLA) within the Cyted UK laboratory. The role holder will report to the Laboratory Manager, as well as deputising for the Laboratory Manager where needed. The Deputy Laboratory Manager will perform routine analytical testing on a range of biological samples. They will be responsible for processing patient samples in good time and will ensure that service standards for reporting results are achieved. The Deputy Laboratory Manager will be expected to prioritise their own workload and manage the workload of the BMSs and MLAs in their team as well as perform urgent analytical testing as required. They will also supervise, train and support staff in their team. The role holder will be expected to support the Lab Manager and Quality Manager to maintain the highest standards of laboratory practice in line with HCPC and ISO 15189 policies.

Working Pattern and Location
The role is a full-time position with a standard 37.5 hour working week. The role holder may be required to work flexibly.

The role will be based at the Cyted’s Laboratory 2 Falcon Road, Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, PE29 6FG.

The role holder may need to visit other company sites when and if required.
What you will be doing
  • Deputise for the Laboratory Manager where appropriate tasks are delegated or during periods of absence.
  • Work closely with the Lab Manager, Quality Manager and VP Laboratory Operations to develop and maintain a robust clinical service in accordance with all relevant guidelines and regulations.
  • Be innovative and decisive when considering process improvements.
  • Line management of Lead BMS, BMS, Lab Scientist and MLA staff as required.
  • Undertake and be extremely proficient in the technical work required for the clinical service.
  • Perform and supervise specimen preparation and dissection (cut up) under guidelines laid down by The Royal College of Pathologists and internal SOPs.
  • Have specialist skills in one or more of immunohistochemistry, main lab histological procedures and/or clinical specimen dissection.
  • Maintain proficiency of key techniques, whilst also ensuring sufficient trained staff to cover the workload and undertake the development of new techniques.
  • Be a visible and vocal role model in the laboratory for laboratory team members, the wider Cyted group and service users.
  • Participate in all relevant External Quality Assessment schemes, and be the responsible individual for all UKNEQAS CPT scheme memberships held by the department.
  • Entry of confidential patient data on LIMS and pathological reports and communication to clinicians.
  • Report potential stock/equipment shortages to Laboratory Manager.
  • Implement company policies and procedures in relation to confidentiality, health and safety, COSHH, infection control, and all local safety rules regarding fire, chemical, and physical hazards.
  • Preparation of data as required for presentation to management.
  • Ensuring the laboratory meets the standards for the handling of clinical specimens in accordance with ISO 15189.
  • Participate in preparing Standard Operating Procedures to comply with ISO 15189 and Health and Safety regulations.
  • Participate in cross-team meetings regarding various service improvement projects.
  • Ensure that the daily activities of the laboratory comply with the Human Tissue Act.
  • Ensure that appropriate quality control is carried out for all techniques undertaken, and that sensitive information is secure and accurate.
How we work
Take a look at our 'Cyted' youtube to have a virtual tour around our lab and meet the team!

  • Our team works in an agile working environment, where everyone’s ideas and opinions are valued. Have a better way of carrying out a process in the lab we want to hear from you! 
  • As a growing business we can give you exposure to different areas of Cyted. Alongside your core role you will be able to gain skill and experience on projects right through the company, for example, you could work closely with our tech team to help implement new systems in the lab, or our sales team to help us grow our customer base.
  • Being a digital diagnostics business, we love exciting new pieces of tech. We invest in state-of-the-art equipment to help us give patients the results they desire faster. You will have the ability to help us decide the technology we use to enable this.
  • You will get the opportunity to work in a bright and spacious lab where you have the space to carry out your role to the best of your ability.
Person Specification
  • At least 5 years HCPC registration as a BMS, including some experience of working as a Senior BMS (Essential)
  • IBMS portfolio or equivalent (Essential)
  • Masters degree in a biological discipline, or equivalent (Essential)
  • Qualification in LEAN/Sigma Six (Desirable)
  • Line management and leadership experience (Essential)
  • Extensive experience and technical expertise in histopathology laboratory techniques (Essential)
  • Experience of non-gynae cytology prep (Desirable)
  • Working knowledge ISO15189, including experience of inspections and ability to perform routine Quality tasks such as auditing, logging nonconformities, and writing SOPs (Essential)
  • Ability to supervise the wet lab, organise and prioritise the team’s workload, and deal with technical queries and problems (Essential)
  • Excellent communication skills (Essential)
  • Laboratory bench skills including dissection, embedding, microtomy, special stains, IHC, quality control, and other diagnostic histology methods (Essential)
  • Excellent training skills (Essential)
  • Salary in the range of £46,000 to £54,000 per annum depending on skills and experience 
  • 25 days holiday per holiday year, plus public holidays
  • The option to buy an additional 5 days holiday
  • Relocation allowance if applicable
  • Pension scheme
  • An annual continuing personal development budget
  • Medical insurance including dental and optical cover
  • Life/critical illness cover
  • Social events including Christmas and Summer parties
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Electric Vehicle Scheme
  • Sabbatical 4 years of service
About us

Cyted is on a mission to build a world where disease is prevented rather than treated. We focus on providing innovative diagnostic technologies to drive the earlier detection of disease in the gastrointestinal tract, first focused on oesophageal cancer (and its precursor Barrett’s Oesophagus) with a non-endoscopic, minimally-invasive test. 

Headquartered in Cambridge, we are at the forefront of developing cutting-edge diagnostic technologies that enable better access to care for patients at risk or early and advanced disease. Leveraging expertise in GI and, biomarker discovery, we are focussed on improving patient outcomes by detecting gastrointestinal cancer and inflammatory disease when it is more easily treated.

Our core product is the minimally invasive EndoSign test. The test is a combination of a simple device coupled with laboratory biomarkers to detect oesophageal cancer and its precursor Barrett’s Oesophagus. The test sees patients swallow a capsule attached to a strong, thin thread. The capsule dissolves in the stomach, releasing the sponge. This is then gently pulled back out, collecting cells from the entire length of the oesophagus. The collection of cells using the EndoSign cell collection device is a simple, minimally invasive procedure that can be carried out within 10 minutes and has significant benefits over the alternative procedures currently offered in healthcare settings. To find out more about the EndoSign test please see HERE

To date, we have tested over 16,000 patients across the UK in over 60 NHS Trusts and 10 community-based clinics in GPs and Community Diagnostic Centres.  We process the samples in our fully digital laboratory and leverage AI to optimise reporting of the pathology results

We are committed to inclusion and diversity and believe that having a team that reflects a broad range of experiences and perspectives will help deliver diagnostic solutions for our customers that lead to the best outcomes for patients. We especially encourage applications from people who are underrepresented  in the population and/or who have non-traditional education or career experiences.

We interview on a rolling basis, starting with a brief call to discuss what we're doing and whether it resonated with you.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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