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Job Description

Brand: Reading Scientific Services

Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is a cutting-edge Contract Research Organisation (CRO), providing research, analysis and consultancy to the pharmaceutical, healthcare and food sectors. Whether we are creating new products, validating medicines or solving investigations, we take pride in being a leader in our field, serving clients from across 60 countries.

In 2019, we've been recognised as OBN's Best CRO, Women in Business Enlightened Employer and Business of the Year award winners.

Enriched by our parent company Mondelēz International, our diverse team includes 22 nationalities from 300 members, creating a family feel as we strive towards our mission of science enhancing lives.

You are an internally recognized expert in analytical sciences and an effective leader of cross-functional teams. Working with cross-functional stakeholders, you plan and technically lead complex analytical programs, interpret findings and define actionable next steps. You also review, approve, and effectively communicate significant technical/scientific results and regularly interact with key senior stakeholders.

Role summary

In this role, you work independently to organize project teams and establish project technical scope and approach, and manage project design and delivery while still retaining a hands-on approach to analytical work. Your work includes large, complex projects that may be multi-department, cross-functional, and multi-country in nature. You offer people leadership, execute strategies or goals to meet business needs and interact independently with senior management and stakeholders.

How you will contribute

You will provide technical direction and leadership-which includes training and mentoring junior team members-in the laboratory to ensure that complex projects are completed on time and with the appropriate analytical and regulatory standards. In this role, you will review and approve scientific reports, method development and validations, authorize competencies in your area of expertise and independently perform complex method development and design validations protocols. In addition, you will maintain and troubleshoot lab equipment, ensure a clean, tidy and safe working environment, and perform and approve risk assessments. Excellent communication skills will be required of you because you will write technical reports, check data, offer interpretations of results and interact with internal and external holders using influencing and presentation skills to present project proposals and results.

What you will bring

A desire to drive your future and accelerate your career and the following experience and knowledge:
  • Laboratory requirements and practices
  • Analytical technology in your area of expertise and the desire to develop in-depth and broader technical expertise
  • Scientific understanding and the ability to independently conduct chemical analysis in relevant area
  • Verbal and written communication skills with the ability to build your network and technical credibility with external clients and internal teams
  • Problem solving and planning resources to maintain a consistent workflow to deliver projects
  • Organizational skills, including time management and priority setting

RSSL DNA and Protein laboratory performs a wide range of analytical services, primarily for the food industry.

This role specifically takes a lead in building capability for RSSL's Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) service offering for pathogen identification and authenticity of food products at RSSL. The rolewillprovide technical direction and possible managerial responsibilities within the DNA and Protein laboratory. in ensuring that complex projects are performed and supervised effectively and accurately within agreed timescales and to appropriate quality standards.

This role has a strong focus on DNA analyses method development and project management. The main tasks are:
  • Cooperate with partners on Next Gen Sequencing set up at RSSL
  • Use NGS, Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), bioinformatics and metagenomics for bacterial identification, food authenticity and Micro-ID.
  • Develop PCR and RT-PCR methods for food authentically (meat, fish), allergens, and GMO
  • Run Sanger Sequencing analyses.
  • Be the MDLZ expert for sequencing and work on food safety with our microbiology experts
  • Support the food authenticity offering
  • Run routine analyses in the DNA and Protein department.

In addition, the candidate will get involved in allergen analyses with ELISA and protein characterisation (e.g. SDS-PAGE, Bioanalyzer)

The position holder will coach and train junior members of the team as required.

Responsibilities will also include frequent client contact, networking with the scientific community outside RSSL, and administrative support for laboratory management.


Relocation Support Available?

No Relocation support available, however for candidates voluntarily moving internationally some minimal support is offered through our Volunteer International Transfer Policy

Business Unit Summary

At Mondelēz International, our purpose is to empower people to snack right by offering the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way. That means delivering a broad range of delicious, high-quality snacks that nourish life's moments, made with sustainable ingredients and packaging that consumers can feel good about. We have a rich portfolio of strong brands globally and locally including many household names such as Oreo , belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk , Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. We are proud to hold the top position globally in biscuits, chocolate and candy and the second top position in gum. Our 80,000 makers and bakers are located in more than80countries and we sell our products in over150countries around the world. Our people are energized for growth and critical to us living our purpose and values. We are a diverse community that can make things happen-and happen fast.

Mondelēz International is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Type


Analytical Science

Science & Engineering

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