Lab Manager | English C2

Harfsen, reference 2024-00861

Job description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lead, manage, and guide a team of over 20 production employees at our leading bio-manufacturing facility.
  • Supervise production staff, addressing employee relations proactively, including coaching and performance management.
  • Ensure effective training and cross-training programs for employees.
  • Create and implement strategies to boost productivity and production efficiency.
  • Lead initiatives for process improvements, share best practices, and drive continuous improvement projects.
  • Manage manufacturing, quality, safety, logistics, and other operational activities.
  • Ensure throughput, quality, cost, and safety metrics are met or exceeded.
  • Collaborate closely with Quality Control to ensure consistent adherence to standards.
  • Engage effectively with all departments to ensure safe and efficient operations.
  • Uphold health and safety standards according to company policies and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead or participate in internal projects to ensure timely execution and achievement of deliverables.
  • Prepare, track, and manage the operations and maintenance budgets.
  • Maintain thorough documentation and provide accurate, detailed reports of all plant activities.
  • Assess staffing needs, work with HR to ensure appropriate staffing levels, and conduct interviews.


  • Proficiency in English C2 level.
  • You must have your own transport to the laboratory (maximum 1h from Harfsen) as public transport is not an option in this area
  • Residency within the Netherlands is a prerequisite, as well living within commutable range to Harfsen.
  • You'll need to be available for rotating 12-hour shifts, showcasing your flexibility and dedication.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical field is highly preferred.
  • 5+ years of supervisory experience in a manufacturing environment, ideally in biotech manufacturing.
  • Strong skills in conflict resolution, excellent communication, and proven leadership abilities.
  • Proven capability to optimize production and manage costs through continuous improvement, inventory control, and other manufacturing tools.
  • Experience with Kaizen, LEAN, Six Sigma, or other process improvement methodologies is preferred.
  • Consistently exhibit company values and behaviors in daily work.
  • Maintain professional communication with coworkers, internal and external customers, and vendors.
  • Show flexibility in job responsibilities and strive to be an effective team member.
  • Commit to skill advancement and display a willingness to embrace future development opportunities.
  • Actively participate in company training sessions to enhance relevant skills.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the company’s business and the role of the department within the company.

Working conditions

What do we offer:
  • 1st contract through Undutchables. Afterwards you will get a direct contract.
  • 1 week free training
  • Travel allowance
  • 25 Vacation days
  • Standard office hours
  • Salary: 25€ / hour

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Company description

Our client is a global FTSE 250 company, headquartered in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange. With revenues of around £500 million, they have a presence in over 70 countries, with a global workforce of approximately 3,200 employees. Our client partners with farmers to transform how we nourish the world – a mission that is important to a sustainable future. 

Good to know

If you are interested in this vacancy, you can apply by clicking on the button above. Your application will be sent directly to the recruiter in charge. IMPORTANT: if you are not yet registered with Undutchables we kindly ask you to do so. Your information will be handled in the strictest confidence and your CV will not be sent to a company unless you have given prior permission.We will invite you for an extensive interview, as soon as any potential job opportunities arise. We will advise you on issues regarding employment in the Netherlands. Then, if possible, we will introduce you to a prospective company and provide support during the selection procedure.

Recruiter contact

Luiz Neto- van Raalte, Utrecht
[email protected]
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Recruiter contact

Luiz Neto- van Raalte
E: [email protected]
T: +31(0)6-43140539


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