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Deputy Unit Manager

Location: Central London
Salary: £43,023 - £50,753
Ref: ALS 2145

On behalf of our client, we are looking to recruit a Deputy Unit Manager to organise the everyday work of an animal facility. The successful candidate will be responsible for the supervision of staff, including allocation of work, managing rotas, and motivation.

Basic Requirements

  • Hold a Home Office Personal Licence
  • NACWO experienced, or be NACWO trained as a minimum
  • Experience of working with laboratory animals in an isolator environment, including procedures to remedy disruption to the barrier
  • A thorough understanding of disease transfer and bio-security control
  • Excellent people management skills, and the ability to manage and organise work rotas
  • Proven ability in a supervisory role
  • Experience with Home Office project licences, personal licence application procedures and the Ethical Review Process including hands on experience
  • Knowledge and experience of budgeting and cost recovery practices
  • Ability to deliver lectures and workshops relating to Home Office modules and competency training.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To act as NACWO for the day-to-day care of the animals under the Animals Scientific Procedures Act 1986 in pre-defined areas
  • Ensuring that suitable records are maintained of the environmental conditions in the rooms in which animals are held, and of all the animals bought, bred, supplied, issued, used or otherwise disposed of in the Home Office Designated Areas
  • Allocation of duties within the section; organisation of staff rotas including weekend rotas and holiday / sickness cover for the team of staff. Working with the Unit Manager for staff induction, probation, review and development. Enforcing facility protocols that are in place to ensure efficient breeding according to the requirements of UCL research groups, maintain health status and security
  • Responsibility for arranging training of all animal staff to an appropriate standard of care for all strains of transgenic and stock mice, including: handling, breeding, sexing, record keeping using a computerised record system. Maintenance of training records
  • Costing all purchases made by researchers for animals, facility charges and related consumables
  • Verifying invoice payments and maintaining filing systems for all orders and invoices for animals and consumables purchased
  • Deliver lectures and practicals relating to staff and user competency training, you should therefore be confident in your ability to train others and communicate effectively.

 To apply for this position please use the link below and select Apply now. The closing date is Thursday 16th August.


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 full and comprehensive background and pre-employment screening as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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