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Head of Scientific Support and Development

Hyper Recruitment Solutions
Milton Keynes
Dependent on experience
Closing date
27 Oct 2021
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We are currently looking for a Head of Scientific Support and Development to join a growing life sciences company based in the Bedfordshire area.

As the Head of Scientific Support and Development you will be responsible for the development, validation, verification, quality assurance and other scientific support. Managing the process for validation of all reagents, consumables, instruments and processes used across all Labs. Working with the Operations Managers of Laboratories, Heads of Biomedical Scientists and Technical Services ensure the efficient operation and development of their outputs.

Oversight of the development and maintenance of all ISO standards in conjunction with the quality management team. The Head of Scientific Support and Development will also work with the business development team in whatever capacity needed to win and develop new business.

The Head of Scientific Support and Development will assess and horizon-scan new technologies in the marketplace to make suitable recommendations to the Executive Management Team for the investment in new capabilities.


Your duties as the Head of Scientific Support and Development will be varied however the key duties and responsibilities are as follows:

1. Leading a team of experience scientists and technicians to deliver validation & verification, troubleshooting, writing scientific reports and scientific support to other parts of the organisation. Building a team of scientist to align with the validation & verification, quality assurance, troubleshooting, new development and growth of the company.

2. Liaising with the informatics team to develop data monitoring and statistical models for trend analysis, data monitoring of current process.

3. Managing Scientific Support and Development and personal workloads and/ outputs across multiple projects with competing priorities and resources. Develop, implement, and monitor new process and assays that are in line with company's business activities. Including working with Informatics, Quality, Technical Services, Biomedical Scientists and Lab Operations to develop end to end process and deploy it to live operations, ensuring that all training materials, methods and validations are in place.

4. Develop and perform pilot studies as required by collaborators. Liaising with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Laboratory Director to establish and agree on scientific development specifically through assessing opportunities from, and the impact of, new scientific developments in areas important to the company's business activities.

5. Lead and manage the company's scientific research and development work and to propose direction, as appropriate, focusing on continuing improvement to the current processes and propose new scientific opportunities.

6. Responsible for ensuring all lab process and associated documentation are fit for purpose from a scientific perspective.

7. Working in conjunction with the Quality Department to establish and maintain a quality-focused culture within the laboratories.


To be successful in your application to this exciting opportunity as the Head of Scientific Support and Development we are looking to identify the following on your profile and past history:

1. PhD in a relevant Scientific discipline, eg. Biomedical Science, Virology, Bioinformatics, etc.

2. Proven industry experience with high throughput molecular biology automation. You will also need to demonstrate experience designing, optimising and troubleshooting DNA/RNA extraction and quantification, PCR, qPCR and other molecular biology processes.

3. Extensive experience in leadership and people management roles. You will also have the ability to coach and mentor less experienced members of staff, manage stakeholders and influence senior members of staff.

Key Words: Head of Development | Head of Department | Molecular Biology | Virology | Biomedical Science

Hyper Recruitment Solutions Ltd (HRS) is an Equal Opportunities employer who are certified by Investors in People for talent development. We therefore welcome applications for any interested parties who fulfil the role requirements for this position. HRS is a company exclusively supporting the science and technology sectors, and is made up of a collaboration of recruitment professionals and scientists. We look forward to helping you with your next career moves.


Hyper Recruitment Solutions is a specialist and highly compliant recruitment consultancy dedicated to the Science and Technology sectors.

Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS), founded and run by Ricky Martin and in partnership with Lord Alan Sugar, has a wealth of recruitment expertise as well as compliance and commercial awareness. We offer a range of permanent, temporary and contract staff.

Our vision is to provide recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all. To do so, HRS will focus on the support of sectors whose primary focus is in making the world a better place. This could be working for a Pharmaceutical company who is developing new and existing therapeutics or an FMCG business who is making the latest consumer products in a sustainable and efficient way. We want to provide a service to those areas of actual need which will have an impact on us all.

We provide services across a broad range of industries including the following specialist sectors:

• Biotechnology
• Pharmaceutical
• Medical Device
• Clinical Research
• Food / FMCG
• Engineering
• Science

With all jobseekers we are looking to form close relationships where we can offer you the most accurate and useful advice. We intend to not only find and present the most ideal career options to you, but we want to provide advice on the entire recruitment process. We are a business who listens and advises and as shown on our website we have a clear ‘candidate commitment’ to ensure your search is in the most professional and capable hands. Some of the key areas we focus on include:

• Quality Assurance (including Qualified Persons)
• Clinical Research (all phases and therapeutic fields)
• Bioinformatics
• Research & Development
• Consumer Insight and Sensory
• Lean and Continuous Improvement
• Engineering (all disciplines)
• Manufacturing, Scale up and Technology Transfer
• Packaging and Sustainability 
• Medical Affairs
• Sales and Business Development
• Information Systems & Technology
• Executive Appointments

HRS has been awarded membership to the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and APSCo (Association of Professional Staffing Companies). This is to assure all clients and candidates that our processes and practices comply with all relevant government and recruitment industry regulations.

Lord Sugar, Ricky Martin and everyone at HRS look forward to working with you. Please do not hesitate to visit our website or contact us via
Telephone: 02032 255 120

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