We are looking for a capable and enthusiastic Deputy Manager for the Biomedical Services Unit at Warwick. The facility supports academic and contract studies in biomedical research predominantly with rodents and zebrafish
You will have extensive experience in the field of animal technology and ASPA legislation, and demonstrate a commitment to the highest standards of animal health and welfare. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating and developing staff, will be experienced in leading a team, and must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
The successful candidate will be expected to continuously seek and support new approaches and practices to improve efficiency and compliance and assist in overseeing COSHH, Health and Safety, procurement and finance matters
The successful candidate will hold the Named Persons role of Named Training and Competency Officer (NTCO) ensuring that all personnel working within the BSU are inducted, trained, competent and authorised to perform licenced in vivo procedures. They will need to respond to training issues and questions from researchers and BSU staff on the application and interpretation of processes, local policies and current legislation.
We offer a generous reward package and first class working conditions with flexitime, pension scheme, childcare vouchers, and uniform. You will be required to work 21.9hrs per week, with additional overtime at weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis
To manage the technical staff, and assist the BSU Manager with the management of resources and facilities necessary to ensure the Research Technology Platform meets the appropriate legal requirements and standards of performance in all of the services it delivers.
To fulfil the role of Home Office Named Training and Competency Officer (NTCO), providing information and advice to all current and prospective users of the facility, and manage all induction processes, competency records and training within the facility.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Provide effective daily management of the BSU facility, equipment and service
• Responsible for the line-management of grade 1 – 3 technical staff in relation to the BSU RTP including: recruitment and selection, probation, performance management, training and mentoring.
• Working closely with the BSU RTP Animal Manager to co-ordinate and manage the daily activity of the physical resources and technical staff within the unit to ensure that the requirements and objectives of the researchers using the facility are met.
• Assisting the BSU RTP Animal Manager where necessary with the husbandry, cleaning, selective breeding and maintenance as required to insure animals are free from injury, disease and pain and bred in accordance with the ASPA as required
• Writing and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures for the RTP and management of the provision and necessary training for user groups. Conducting and co-ordinating inductions and appropriate technical training on the use of the BSU RTP, for staff and researchers, delivered either in-house or through external sources.
• Design, implementation and maintenance of BSU RTP website (in agreement with BSU Manager), to include: general overview; licencing details and forms; induction pack and procedure; AWERB details and forms; general resources.
• Assisting the BSU Manager with the implementation of an animal database to be used within the BSU RTP, with the subsequent maintenance of the software and running reports
• Provision of anticipated costs for grant applications and proposed work in the absence of the BSU Manager
• Carry out budgeting exercises and cost control measures under the supervision of the BSU manager
• Undertake development activities where necessary in order to keep knowledge and skills up to date and relevant to subject specialism. Apply working knowledge of theory and practice, and share this with others as appropriate
• Handle confidential information appropriately
There will be some lone working at weekends and holidays (rota basis), to ensure all animals are checked, fed, and the facility and equipment are functioning as required.
2. Governance and compliance
• To control and adhere to legal requirements, relevant licensing and certification, to comply with regulated experimental procedures ensuring they are in-line with legislation and best practice, and to maintain appropriate standards of record keeping, whilst also keeping abreast of future legislative changes.
• The Named Training and Competency Officer (NTCO) is responsible for ensuring that all those working with animals under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act (ASPA) 1986 are adequately educated, trained and supervised until they are competent, and that they continue to undertake appropriate further training to maintain their expertise. The responsibilities of the NTCO encompass everyone at the University of Warwick who undertakes scientific procedures involving animals. This is to include; Induction of new staff and users; managing access to the BSU; assessment of competencies; maintain all training and competency records, approve PIL applications; arrange/conduct training delivered either in-house or through external sources.
• Endorse all Home Office personal licences (new licences and amendments) using ASPeL, the Home Office electronic licensing system.
• Ensuring compliance with the legal responsibilities of the Deputy Named Animal Care and Welfare Officer (NACWO), to include assisting with the keeping of accurate records for breeding, disposal, and environmental data to comply with Home Office Legislation (in the absence of the primary NACWO)
• Membership and attendance of the Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB), including the processing of PPL, PIL and unlicenced applications through the Committee and the provision of a NTCO report to the committee. Provide advice to the AWERB (Animal Welfare Ethical Review Board) on matters related to education and training.
• Liaise directly with the Home Office Inspector (in the absence of the BSU Manager) for visits, licencing and compliance questions and PPL applications and amendments
3. Health, Safety and Security
• Under the supervision of the BSU RTP Manager, ensure the implementation of a safe working environment using good working practices, in-line with relevant local and legal requirements. Undertaking standard risk, or other safety, assessments, and producing standard operating procedures when necessary.
• To assist with the management of the BSU health surveillance programme, to include: Issuing and receipt of initial, 3 month and 6 month health assessment forms; maintaining the health surveillance database; referrals to Occupational Health; arranging and conducting face fit tests for masks.
• To ensure the security and integrity of the unit is maintained at all times, to include the control of access rights for staff and researchers so that only those who are properly authorised can gain access to the unit.
The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.