Head of Facilities and Laboratories (Ref: 006380)

Central London
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Circa £75,000 + Generous Package & Excellent Opportunities

We are seeking an exceptional Head of Facilities and Laboratories to manage a cutting-edge pilot facility located in central London for a dynamic and innovative company in the cultivated food industry. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dedicated team in a state-of-the-art environment, supporting ongoing R&D, production, quality management, procurement, and strategic planning efforts.

Role Overview:

As the Head of Facilities and Laboratories, you will oversee the daily operations of a pioneering pilot production facility, extensive R&D labs, a professional kitchen, a hardware workshop, and a beautifully designed office space. Your leadership will be crucial in driving the company’s mission to bring cultivated products to market.

Key Responsibilities:

• Facility and Lab Operations: Manage day-to-day operations, including inventory management, ordering, and equipment installation and maintenance.

• Quality Management: Oversee a world-class quality management system including risk assessments, SOPs, food safety plans, batch records, quality reports, CoAs, and environmental monitoring.

• Team Management: Lead a team of laboratory operations technicians, R&D technicians, and procurement specialists.

• Strategic Planning: Design new buildings and facilities, ensure regulatory and statutory compliance, and plan for long-term growth to industrial scale.

• Budget Management: Handle the facilities and laboratories budget, including laboratory purchasing, supplier management, and capital equipment procurement.

• Utility Management: Oversee critical utilities such as HVAC, plumbing, temperature monitoring, gas and LN2 banks, cell banks, and access controls.

• Pilot Plant Utilities: Manage bioreactors, SIP/CIP infrastructure, water filtration, and waste disposal.

• Health and Safety: Serve as the company Health and Safety Officer, ensuring a safe working environment.

Required Experience:

• Minimum of five years' experience in facilities management within the ATMP manufacturing, fermentation, or brewery industries.

• Proven track record in running, maintaining, designing, and commissioning production facilities.

• Experience in tendering and procuring capital equipment and infrastructure, purchasing, and supplier management.

• Strong coordination skills in health and safety within an industrial research and production environment.

• Excellent understanding of utilities and facility management, including HVAC, MEP, compressed gases, and cold storage.

• Experience with electronic lab notebooks (ELN) and laboratory information management systems (LIMS).

• Demonstrated leadership and line management skills.

• Familiarity with microbiology, cell culture, or bioprocessing.

Preferred Skills:

• Knowledge of cell biology and bioprocess engineering.

• Adherence to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP).

• NEBOSH Health and Safety Level 6 certification.

• Experience with Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001).

• Expertise in laboratory automation.

Benefits:

• 💰 Highly competitive salary

• 📈 Stock option plan

• 🏛️ Brand new lab and office in Central London

• 🏡 Pension plan (matching up to 5% with a salary sacrifice scheme)

• 🏖️ 25 days' holiday + bank holidays

• 🚑 Private health insurance + gym discount

• 👐 Supportive and collaborative environment

• 💪 Being part of something amazing

Our client is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, diverse, and supportive work environment. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including those from underrepresented groups in the tech industry.

If you believe you have the skills and experience to thrive in this role, we would love to hear from you.

Talk to Annabel Jones on 0203 903 4264 OR annabel.jones@maxwellstephens.com

Even if you don't meet all the criteria, we welcome your application and look forward to potentially working together to create an innovative future.