Section Leader – Microbiology (The position has been filled)
Australia, Victoria
Full Time
  • Excellent opportunity for a Senior Microbiologist to join Market Leader
  • Utilise your Leadership Skills to progress your career in 2016
  • Company culture embraces innovation, integrity, inclusivity & collaboration



Our client offers testing services to food manufacturers 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.



This permanent role reports directly to the Business Unit Leader and it is a great opportunity for someone who would like to get more into management. You will be someone who works with integrity to ensure compliance, makes informed decisions and ethical judgements to meet objectives and provides support, leadership and pro-active management and direction to their staff.

As the Section Leader for the Pathogen team, you are 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. You will also contribute to method development and validation activities, ensuring the section achieves required regulatory accreditation.

Some of the duties associated with this role include:

  • 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 time frames 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.
  • Provides leadership and pro-active management and direction
  • Is familiar with, and actively communicates, the Strategic Plan/Business Plan objectives of the company through day-to day activities with staff and longer term planning management
  • Leads by example in the display of expected values, behaviour and culture
  • Facilitates an environment of reward and recognition for staff achievement
  • Creates an environment of open communication and equal recognition of contribution
  • Develops and implements a career development and succession planning program for key staff



  • Bachelor of Science or higher, preferably with a major in Microbiology or similar. Lesser qualifications will be considered given many years of testing experience
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a role that has required leadership and supervision within a Laboratory environment
  • Demonstrated ability to manage/co-ordinate service/project delivery across functional groups
  • Excellent communication skills and strong customer focus
  • Excellent administration and organizational skills
  • Solid Microsoft office skills – Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Strong team building and leadership attributes a must
  • Positive attitude, honest and professional
  • Focused on providing a quality service
  • Accountability – focused on achieving results



To apply for this excellent opportunity, 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 strictly confidential discussion about this unique opportunity please call Helen on 03 9516 0100 during office hours or on 0438 620 434 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.