Team Leader – Automation Solutions

LOCATION: Berkshire   SALARY: Competitive        REF: ALS 2567

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On behalf of our client, a world-leading R&D company with state-of-the art facilities, we are looking to recruit an exceptional expert in developing and delivering integrated solutions for laboratory processes, through the automation of science and data. This is a dynamic and exciting role, a career move which will allow you to lead a team as well as lead strategically for current and future investment, in an open, supportive and collaborative working culture.

This senior position would suit a person with leadership experience or excellent potential managerial qualities with a passion to lead a team, along with essential deep technical knowledge, a relevant scientific background and the confidence to lead fundamental change.


  • Lead innovation in all aspects of laboratory automation. Partner with internal and external teams to deliver a step change in laboratory automation capabilities.
  • Set the technical direction for and lead the development of strategic scientific workflow automation ambitions. Champion and get senior management ownership of the end-to-end automation solutions delivering to Bioscience and research strategy. 
  • Lead the Bioscience Automation team to deliver high quality, timely and relevant technical and scientific workflow solutions to meet the business needs.
  • Drive the fundamental transformation of Bioscience ways-of-working via the adoption of new integrated automation and scientific data workflows, managing significant change
  • Develop and own the Bioscience holistic automation project portfolio and partner with the Bioscience and R&D IT leadership teams to define the overall priorities and key deliverables across the automation portfolio.


  • World-class depth of technical knowledge, networks and experience of integrating automation and data workflows in life sciences/ biotechnology/ drug discovery.
  • Managerial experience or excellent and demonstrable potential to lead people and strategy
  • Highly effective communicator with strong ability to influence at senior levels.
  • Ability to set clear direction and energise a project team to deliver timely results, to network, build relationships and develop a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Personal experience of delivering value from scientific workflow innovation and demonstrable experience in roles focused on technology integration in a research environment, preferably biological/biochemical life sciences, but flexible across chemistry
  • End-to-end vision of automation technology, including experimental understanding and data processing
  • Experience of LIMS and automated ETL for data processing.
  • A solution-oriented, problem-solving mindset and desire for continuous improvement of methodologies and processes.

Agenda only recruits 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, which is an essential part of Agenda’s recruitment process.


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