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Technical Operations Manager

University of Cambridge - Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £43,414 to £54,949 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 5th December 2022
Closes: 2nd January 2023
Job Ref: NQ34074

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology offers an exciting opportunity for a Technical Operations Manager who will have responsibility for all the technical operations of this multi-disciplinary department. This position provides leadership, strategy and management to the Department's technical research support operations, comprising of two Laboratory Managers, the laboratory support services team, a Makerspace Manager and technicians, an Infrastructure Manager and a new post of Department Safety Officer. 

The appointee will be responsible for the operational management of the technical teams to deliver customer-focused support, ensuring transparent systems to prioritise and track progress of work are in place, and that activities across the support functions are well organised and co-ordinated, and meet the needs of the Department's academics and researchers. 

The postholder will have overall responsibility for the operational aspects of the Department's technical research support and service provision development and will work closely with academic staff and researchers ensuring that the services provided meet the Department's strategic objectives, and current and future research needs. The role will have key input to strategic planning and direction for research and safety needs across the Department.

In conjunction with the Department Safety Officer, the role will oversee the appropriate health and safety systems, procedures, training and guidance is in place across the department's operations.

Previous experience on scientific research in companies or universities along with experience in the leadership and management of successful research technical services is essential. The successful candidate will be expected to be educated in an appropriate scientific discipline and will need to demonstrate knowledge of research technical work, involving critical understanding of relevant theory and/or principles as well as knowledge of the operations of relevant research instruments/equipment. 

Strong interpersonal and communications skills will be essential as will organisational skills and proven management capability. A strong customer focus and excellent knowledge of health and safety regulations especially as applicable in a multi-disciplinary research and teaching setting will be expected.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment, a security check and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/38030.

Closing date for applications is 2nd January 2023.

Interviews are likely to be held soon after the closing date.

If you have any queries regarding the application process and/or the role, please contact Alessandra Uomo, HR Administrator, at hr@ceb.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference NQ34074 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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