Chemistry Laboratory Manager (Dstl Workplace Manager)

Porton Down, Salisbury
£31,500 - £45,000
15 Oct 2020
12 Nov 2020
Clearance Level
Job Type

Are you passionate about health and safety and facility management, have strong organisational skills and are great at building positive working-relationships?

Do you want to play a part in protecting the UK against some of the most serious threats?

We have vacancies for three Chemistry Laboratory Managers (known as Workplace Managers at Dstl) who ensure that the research within our high-hazard workplaces is carried out safely and fulfills all applicable legislative and regulatory requirements

.As a Work Place Manager in Dstl you will be suitably qualified and trained to manage the operation of a defined workplace(s), specific activities and their related hazards. You will also role provide the key interface between the setting of work requirements and the implementation into a facility or work area.

Job description

In this role:
• You will be working alongside our world leading scientists, and in close liaison with facility management providers, integral to ensuring the safety and upkeep of our laboratory facilities. This will involve working as part of a highly skilled team to ensure compliance with a wide range of regulatory partners and statutory requirements (ie HSE, OPCW, radiological protection requirements).
• You will be a part of the wider management team responsible for safe systems of working, and ensuring that the workplace is safe and fit for purpose.
• You will allocate work space in chemistry laboratories to scientists and ensure these spaces are safe and fit for purpose.
• You will ensure that all defects and breakdowns relating to the workplace and building infrastructure, are reported to the facility management provider in a timely manner.
• You will liaise closely with the facility management provider to ensure that all reactive and preventative maintenance is closely co-ordinated to ensure both the safety of all personnel, whilst minimising down time.
• You will ensure hazards and risks arising from activities are as low as reasonably practicable.
• You will be responsible for ensuring the laboratory equipment is safe to use and fit for purpose and ensuring that waste is stored and disposed of correctly.
• In liaison with the facility management provider, you will make certain that statutory and internal inspections are completed at specified intervals and any identified actions are addressed.
• You will be the point of contact within the workplace for Health, Safety, Environmental, and Security issues.
• You may be encouraged to support out-of-hours emergency call-out cover as required (usually one week in four and subject to additional payment).


Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required:
• Experience of managing health, safety and environment aspects within a work area
• Experience of hazard management, risk assessment and risk management
• Experience of providing advice on Health, Safety and Environmental matters
• Relevant experience of working in an environment with health, safety or environmental hazards

Personal Qualities:
• Ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders
• Ability to influence and lead others
• Ability to collate and translate information from a range of areas
• Ability to work with others as part of a team


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


We'll provide a great range of benefits including;
• Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
• Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month
• Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
• Chartership and accreditation support.
• Pension.
• Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
• A competitive salary.
• Onsite gyms and restaurants.
• Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities.

For further information about Dstl please check out our LinkedIn page 

Things you need to know Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

The sift will take place on 3rd Nov and will assess your experience and skills as detailed in your CV and statement of suitability.

Interviews will take place on 16th Nov 2020. Due to the current circumstances these may be via video inks. Assessment will consist of a combined behaviour and technical interview which will assess your behaviours, skills and experience as explained in this advert and the attached job description.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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