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Senior Laboratory Supervisor Job at JKIA Depot Nairobi Kenya

Senior Laboratory Supervisor
About The Company

Finlays is Kenya’s largest agricultural export group employing 22,000 people and annually exporting 400 millions stems of flowers, 7 million kilos of vegetables, 26 million kilos of black tea and 3 million kilos of tea extract.

The organization is geographically located in Nairobi, Naivasha, Kericho, Mt Kenya and Mombasa, together with 1,200 vegetables out growers throughout the country and 10,000 tea out growers.

The group has established itself as a reliable, responsible, innovative and sustainable producer with a deep knowledge and passion for its products.

Finlays, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swire Group, maintains strategic focus to develop a sustainable business which in turn drives integration, development and growth possibilities within Kenya and internationally.

The Job

We are in the process of strengthening our staff capacity in the laboratory department and are seeking to recruit qualified, self-motivated and result-oriented Senior Laboratory Supervisor.

Based at the JKIA Depot and reporting to the Technical & Innovations Manager, the overall responsibility of this position will be to ensure that authorized laboratory analysis of samples are carried out within the scope of operations.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Establishing, maintaining and improving processes for the quality management system and ensuring continued accreditation of the laboratory.
  • Establishing and maintaining standards of the laboratory facility, methods, equipment and personnel by specifying and/or approving all methodologies used and assigning competent personnel to complete tests. Also, adjusting workloads, and providing training opportunities for laboratory staff to facilitate completion of assigned tasks in a safe work environment consistent with test requirements and personnel capabilities.
  • Implementing good laboratory practices by providing instruction and training as needed, developing work plans and procedures, and requiring that these be followed in all day-to-day operations while maintaining cost effective operations.
  • Coordinating internal audits of the laboratory in accordance with requirements of the quality management system.
  • Identifying the occurrence of departures from the management system or procedures for performing tests and initiating actions to prevent or minimize such departures.
  • Maintenance, analysis and updating statistical data and/or control charts to evaluate the effectiveness of health/hygiene-based measures put in place to improve operations.
  • Reporting to top management on the performances of the management system and any need for improvement.
  • Promotion of customer requirements pertaining to microbiological testing throughout the company.

  • Must have Diploma in Laboratory Technology as a minimum requirement or a Bachelors Degree.
  • Must have O level education or its equivalent.
  • Must have done Statistics
  • Must have at least 8 years experience preferably in a busy laboratory.
  • Must have at least two years experience in a senior position.
  • Should meet the requirements for the Kenya Clinical Laboratory Technologist Licensure.
  • Must be a member of Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board.
  • Must be a member of Kenya Microbiology Association.
  • Should be good at statistical data analysis.
  • Should be capable of using common statistical packages.
  • Should have training in Quality Management System (QMS).
  • Must be able to work under pressure and achieve excellent results.
  • Must have current certificate of good conduct.
If you fulfill the above requirements and wish to be considered, please send a detailed CV and copies of your testimonials including a reliable telephone contact and two referees to the undersigned not later than 13th September 2013.

Human Resource Manager
Finlays Horticulture (K) Ltd – JKIA Depot
P.O Box 10222- 00400

Application can also be emailed to:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Finlays Horticulture Kenya Limited is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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