Microbiology Section Leader/2IC Business Leader | Pathogens | Food Testing (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time


  • Mapped out career path for the right individual
  • Opportunity to step-up to the 2IC Business Unit Leader
  • Excellent company culture & with focus on innovation



Our client offers testing services to food manufacturing industries such as the meat, dairy, confectionery, beverage and allied industries.

As one of Australia’s largest independent food testing laboratories, they continue to steadily grow and expand their microbiological, chemical and physical analytical capabilities, which all contribute to the delivery of accurate and timely results in every aspect of the food industry – from raw materials to finished products.

With state-of-the-art automated microbiology systems and specialised staff, they offer analysis for food pathogens, spoilage organisms and bacterial identification to mention a few.



Due to growth, a position has become available for an experienced manager with a microbiological background to take on the role of Section Leader of the Pathogen Team.

Reporting to the Business Unit Leader, you will be directly responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operational needs of the section. You will ensure customer service expectations are met within budget and that the section operates to appropriate quality and safety standards. At times you maybe required to step-up into the Business Unit Leader position and be responsible for the overall operation.



As the successful candidate, you will be directly responsible for:

  • Ensuring the service delivery meets or exceeds your customers requirements
  • Reviewing, developing and introducing systems, practices and cultural changes that enables the Section to better meet business demands within agreed timeframes and expected GxP standards.
  • Providing expert advice to key customer departments and to professionally represent the department to key customers
  • Ensuring the business unit performs within budget or achieves financial goals.
  • Ensuring compliance to all Quality and EH&S systems
  • Ensuring staff are appropriately trained, cognizant of, and competent in all company procedures.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of new business initiatives to meet company business goals and objectives.



  • Minimum Bachelor of Science or related discipline, preferably with a major in Microbiology or similar
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a management/supervisory role within a Laboratory environment
  • Experience and knowledge in the applications of Quality Systems
  • Excellent administration and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage/co-ordinate service/project delivery across functional groups
  • Excellent communication skills and strong customer focus
  • Demonstrated problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Strong Team Building, Leadership attributes
  • Focused on providing a quality service
  • Accountability – focused on achieving results



Please click the ‘Apply Now’ button to submit your application. Please ensure you attach a Resume and Cover Letter addressing the full selection criteria In Word format. To have a confidential discussion about this unique opportunity please call Helen, Richard or Emily on 03 9516 0100 during office hours or on 0434 747 090 after hours.



We would like to thank you for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications we receive daily, we cannot contact all candidates. Please note, however, if you are not successful on this occasion, your resume will remain on our database and you will be contacted for other roles.

Please Note: Unfortunately only short-listed candidates can be contacted due to high volume of applications.