Laboratory Manager

laboratory manager
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We have an exciting opportunity for a Laboratory Manager within our Textile Testing Laboratory.


    Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.00pm
Flexibility required to provide support

  Competitive salary

  Training and development opportunities available


At Heathcoat Fabrics we strive to be bold and dynamic in everything we do. We are ambitious and not afraid to experiment and push boundaries within our industry. Our highly specialist products are manufactured for use in the Automotive, Healthcare, Defence and Aerospace industries, to name a few, and we rely on the creativity, skill and dedication of our people to contribute to some of the most innovative fabric making projects in the world. We are committed to ensuring our people have the skills and confidence to excel in their field and provide opportunities for progression at all levels.


About the department and role

Our Textile Testing Lab prepares and tests to exacting specifications for product release and to provide accurate and reliable data for product development and continuous improvement across the business, to improve product and processes.

The responsibilities of the Laboratory Manager role include ensuring the Textile Laboratory team meets business requirements by maintaining required levels of performance and productivity to meet testing cycle time targets. The successful candidate will provide leadership to the lab teams, identifying any training and development requirements as appropriate, ensuring that there is full coverage of skills across the department.

Responsible for driving problem solving, continuous improvement and selecting and validating new lab equipment to improve productivity and replace existing equipment.

Responsible for ensuring the lab maintains a high level of compliance to internal, external and customer requirements. The ideal candidate would develop and implement expectations of applicable good laboratory practices throughout the lab and lead the implementation of required management systems and elements as required by company policy, such as ISO17025 and the applicable elements of IATF16949, ensuring compliance with existing management standards and company policies.

Skills, knowledge and experience required


  • Degree qualified or equivalent level qualification or experience in an appropriate field
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office
  • Ability to problem-solve and utilise core quality tools
  • Ability to statistically analyse data for trends and patterns

The following are desirable

  • Experience or qualifications in lean tools, such as Six Sigma or FMEA Green Belt
  • Ability to use statistical software packages such as SPC XL
  • Laboratory management/ supervisory experience
  • Experience within the textile industry


Closing date for applications is: 14th January 2022

Candidates will not be contacted till after the closing date due to the companies Christmas Holiday closure from 23rd December 2021 to 4th January 2022.


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What we can offer

  • Engaging work culture
  • Continued learning and development
  • Career progression
  • 34 days holiday per annum
  • Profit Share Scheme
  • Company Contribution Pension
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Enhanced maternity benefits
  • Tech and Cycle Scheme participation
  • Discounts with local shops and services


For further information on this vacancy please contact:

Human Resources Advisor, Heathcoat Fabrics Limited, Westexe, TIVERTON, EX16 5LL
United Kingdom

COVID-19 Considerations

Heathcoat Fabrics is supporting our customers, suppliers, visitors and our employees by successfully working to avoid disruptions caused by Coronavirus. We will continue to act responsibly and do what we can to prevent further spread of the virus.