Laboratory Operations Manager – Global Pharma (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Run the Entire Quality Control Group of a Global Pharma
  • Multinational and Innovative Organization with Modern Facilities
  • Competitive Salary, Relocation on offer, Friendly Work Environment & Onsite Parking



Our client is a well known, multimillion-dollar, global pharmaceutical company that produces a range of Prescription and OTC Medications for both their own brands and those of strategic international partners. Based in South Eastern Melbourne, they continue to grow by investing in development and commercialising new products. Adding to their range, they assist Medical Practitioners and Pharmaceutical Retailers in generating positive patient outcomes.


Oversee the Entire Site’s Quality Control Operation!

We are looking for a Experienced Laboratory Operations Manager with substantial prior experience in the management of a QC laboratory within the pharmaceutical or related industries.

Reporting directly to the Site Manager, this important role will regularly interact with the highest levels of the company and collaborate with peers within the on-site management team. The Laboratory Operations Manager has responsibility for fifty positions that directly report to the role through Four Managers:

  • QC Laboratory Manager
  • Microbiology Manager
  • Stability Manager
  • Documentation Group Supervisor

Providing direction and guidance to these technically competent individuals will require someone prepared to get involved in operations where necessary. Mentorship of the direct reports, so as to develop their management skills, is to be expected from this leadership role.

This senior managerial position shall have oversight of all testing, effective delivery of the stability programs, compliance programs and test specifications. Other accountabilities Include:

Workplace Safety – Ensuring laboratory adherence to protocols associated with any hazardous materials, participation in the site’s OH&S committee meetings and maintaining a safe work environment through addressing all hazards that arise.

Operational & Quality – Evaluation of monthly summary reports of QC testing activities, identification of opportunities for operational efficiencies, meeting of stated production goals whilst keeping costs within budgetary constraints and maintain zero compliance deficiencies in the release of materials/results.

Documentation, Training & Audits – Empowering the department’s training program to support the identifying and developing of staff with potential and engaging in performance management for any individuals whose performance is unsatisfactory; and actively participating in internal/external audits of the laboratory, especially those by regulatory bodies and international partners.


Acting as the mentor for the managers reporting to this position, the ideal candidate will need to meet the following selection criteria:

  • A tertiary qualification in science (preferably in chemistry);
  • Strong managerial and leadership skills that are proven by at least five years’ experience managing a laboratory in the pharmaceutical or related industries;
  • Highly developed organizational and planning skills, necessary to oversee the above-stated areas;
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, which facilitate clear updates between all the departments and so that priorities are identified and agreed;
  • Knowledge of GMP/GLP, ICH guidelines and compendia requirements;
  • Awareness of new technologies that could provide efficiency gains within the QC laboratory, which ideally extends to the ability to provide capex justifications where investment might be warranted; and
  • Prior hands-on experience within a testing laboratory will be seen as highly desirable by our client.


To have a confidential discussion about this role and establish how well you address the above selection criteria, please call Jo or Helen on 03 9516 0100. Alternatively, outside of our office hours, you may reach Helen Patronis on 0438 620 434.

To apply, please click the “Apply for this job” button to send your resume and a covering letter to CS Executive Group.


CS Executive Group would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of correspondence  our recruitment team receives on a daily basis, we genuinely cannot respond to each application—only individuals being considered for shortlisting as candidates are contacted. However, if you’re unsuccessful on this occasion, you will be added to our Talent Pool database to be contacted by us for other suitable roles.

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