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Unit Manager

Location: Durham
Salary: £33,199 - £39,609
Ref: ALS 2191

On behalf of our client, we are looking to recruit a Unit Manager to oversee a multi-species research facility and manage a team of technicians. The post holder will support, advise, and assist researchers within neuroscience, biology, chemistry and ecology research groups and carry out roles as a Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer and Named Training and Competency Officer.

Basic Requirements:

  • BSc in a life science discipline, and IAT level 2 and 3
  • Home Office Licence modules 1-4
  • NACWO and NTCO experience
  • Experience of managing and developing a technical service team
  • Demonstratable ability to train others with specific technical skills
  • Ability to provide specialist advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to day-to-day management for the delivery of a high-quality technical and/or experimental facility/platform and service to ensure teaching, research and knowledge exchange outputs
  • Delivery of ongoing coaching, mentoring and training to team members, acting as Named Training and Competence Officer (NTCO)
  • Take responsibility for the design, set-up, maintenance and integrity of teaching, research and learning facilities, technology and resources within the specialist area, providing specialist advice on technical procedures including anaesthesia and care plans
  • Carry out surgical techniques and administer drugs in the correct doses
  • Take responsibility for monitoring and updating standard operating procedures, protocols, risk assessments and safety procedures, providing guidance to others where necessary, including dealing with the import and export of animals
  • Contribute to the planning, design and delivery of research outputs and prepare innovative teaching/research proposals, including supplying costs for grant applications
  • Internal and external relationship development and partnership working, networking and participation to engage and influence future services and the company reputation
  • Responsible for managing the budget and resources for consumables and some capital items, keeping records and processing invoices
  • Liaise with internal and external agencies, local authorities, industries and visitors, including Home Office Inspector, Named Veterinary Surgeon and supporting the HOLC with amendments to licenses and other legal requirements
  • Weekend and bank holiday working on a rota basis and call out as and when required
  • Any other reasonable duties.

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.