BSU Facility Manager

LOCATION: Cambridge   SALARY: Competitive  REF: ALS 2582

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Agenda are currently working in a partnership with a global biotechnology company to develop and manage a new in vivo research facility in Cambridge. We are seeking an experienced facility manager to lead the development of internal processes and support a growing team of researchers and technicians.   

The successful candidate will be required to manage a unit and ensure the highest standards of animal welfare within appropriate legal framework, as well as ensuring that animals and facilities are available to research users as required.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 16th January.

Essential Requirements:

  • Experience in management of laboratory rodent facilities.
  • Experience as a Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer (NACWO) or Named Training and Competency Officer (NTCO).
  • Must hold a Home Office Personal Licence and have experience in regulated procedures and techniques.
  • Must be fully conversant with transgenic technology including knowledge and experience of transgenic breeding, and the maintenance of breeding colonies.
  • Experience with Home Office project licences, personal licence application procedures, and the AWERB process.
  • Proven track record in a senior supervisory role.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Animals Scientific Procedures Act 1986.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work with staff at all levels, from both within and outside the organisation.

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience in establishing policies, documentation and working practices within a newly commissioned laboratory animal facility
  • Previous experience in offering project support as part of a leadership team
  • Competent in use of IT applications, processes and software, including MCMS and ASPeL.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement policies, documentation and working practices in a new in-vivo facility.
  • Ensuring best standards of animal welfare and researchers’ requirements are met.
  • Act as the NACWO or NTCO, demonstrating a full and up to date working knowledge of ASPA.
  • Liaise with users to plan and implement breeding programmes and experimental programmes to ensure requirements are met.
  • Provide clear and decisive leadership on all aspects of research conducted in the BSU to all staff from both within and outside the facility, fostering strong customer focus and relationships.
  • Provide day-to-day management of the BSU including supervision of staff and interacting with facility researchers, ensuring legal compliance and best practice.
  • Setting high standards of service and assuming responsibility for ensuring that these are maintained.
  • Responsible for ensuring facilities are managed efficiently and within budgetary constraints.
  • Oversee and manage the operation of the BSU computerised record keeping and procurement systems.
  • Contribute to the overall success of Agenda’s Facility management services through participation as part of the leadership group.
  • The post-holder will carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job as requested by the line manager.

Agenda and its clients only recruit people who are passionate about animal care and welfare, people with integrity who are honest and trustworthy and who have a great work ethic.  To enable us to hire the very best people, we will conduct a comprehensive background and pre-employment screening, an essential part of Agenda’s recruitment process.

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