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Laboratory Supervisor

  • Type: Permanent
  • Location: Wrexham
  • Time: Monday to Friday 8.30 - 5.00
  • Department: Technical


  • Supervision of the laboratory function through effective interpersonal skills, communication, planning and standard setting
  • Ensure laboratory accreditation standards by ensuring methods and procedures are adhered to and amending methods where appropriate across all Wrexham laboratories
  • Host Laboratory accreditation assessment in a professional manner
  • Manage laboratory budget and compliance to AOP and identify cost saving opportunities for the department
  • Ensure that proficiency schemes are maintained across all laboratories
  • Achieve compliance at all external audits and accreditation
  • Monitor all first production runs of any “change” ensuring that products are produced to the right specification
  • Proactively educate and train all operators in the key quality tests
  • Participate actively in daily manufacturing review meetings to raise issues and drive the quality ethic strongly. Monitor the KPIs to drive zero defect philosophy
  • Investigate complaint trends and implement preventive action to reduce/eliminate issues
  • Manage QI release
  • Participate actively in operations projects to ensure Quality is a key consideration to the project to deliver required results
  • Liaise with customers, suppliers and 3rd parties on all visits and audits
  • Support the development and implement of site hygiene auditing / validation of CIP and hygiene processes ensuring standards across the site are defined and maintained
  • Prepare and report agreed targets to the senior manufacturing team at monthly meetings
  • Identify gaps for future improvements within the Quality function
  • Proactively work with the other Cott sites and central function to ensure consistency of standards maintained and improved
  • Deliver improvement in First Time Quality % target


  • Knowledge and experience of working within FMCG laboratory environment, preferably a micro laboratory
  • Knowledge and experience of quality systems and processes
  • Previous involvement and exposure to audits with external bodies and customers, particularly laboratory accreditation.
  • Effective communicator & thoroughly professional at all times, especially when dealing with customers.
  • Good team-worker, prepared to help others & capable of detailed examination of information to ensure its accuracy
  • Sound knowledge of Quality Assurance (QA) processes, specifically regarding the control of inbound products through the Supply Chain
  • Demonstrable track record of managing a Quality Assurance (QA) and/or IQC function within the Supply Chain function
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement, influencing and relationship management skills
  • Understanding and awareness of BRC, ISO 9001/2015 standards where they relate to our suppliers and co-packers
  • An effective understanding of Manufacturing technology and process and the quality risks associated with an FMCG company

Closing Date: Tuesday 3rd April 2018 at 9.00am

Cott U.K. includes five manufacturing facilities situated in the U.K. producing multiple types of preserved and non-preserved beverages including, carbonated and still soft drinks, flavoured and unflavoured still and sparkling water, fruit juice and juice based products (including squash), freezables and ready to drink alcohol. 

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