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Assistant Quality Manager (12 Month FTC)

Job Title: Assistant Quality Manager
Location: Letchworth (moving to Bedford mid 2018)
Type: Full-time, 12 month fixed term contract
Salary: Up to £35k depending on experience

About RPS Laboratory Services:

RPS Laboratories are part of the RPS Group, an international multi-disciplinary consultancy. We pride ourselves on our high level of customer care and the quality of our varied and diverse services.

We are an ISO 17025 accredited, fast-paced analytical commercial lab. Using state of the art instrumentation, we provide bespoke analytical testing services across a wide-range of different compounds and matrices, including pesticide residues in food and crops and detection of emerging pollutants in water and soil.

We are moving from Letchworth later this year to a brand-new site in Bedford.

The Job:
Reporting to the Quality Manager, the role will provide support to the Quality Manager in ensuring compliance with all aspects of the laboratory’s Quality Management System (QMS) and the ISO17025 standard.

Main responsibilities
• Ensure that the laboratory performs its work in line with its Quality Management System (QMS) and the ISO17025 standard
• Liaise with UKAS on all aspects of our ISO17025 accreditation, including extension to scope visits and annual inspection visits
• Support the Quality Manager in maintaining the Laboratory’s internal audit schedule, ensuring that internal audits are carried out in a timely fashion
• Support the Quality Manager in managing the CAPA process to ensure timely clearance of actions raised
• Manage:
o method validation and statistical assessment of analytical methods
o the customer complaints procedure and non-conformity investigations
o internal and external quality control
o all aspects of the document control process
• Ensure that equipment maintenance and calibration records are in maintained for all instruments and other equipment critical to the quality of reported results
• Involvement:
o in testing and implementation of a new LIMS package
o with the mentoring of laboratory staff

The skills/experience you will need are:

• Experience working within a quality role
• Previous experience of working in a UKAS accredited laboratory
• Authorization for conducting ISO17025 internal audits (IRCA ISO 17025 Internal Auditor Certificate is desirable).
• Excellent Excel, Word and metrology skills
• Flexible and methodical approach to all tasks, coupled with the ability to manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
• Effective communication and interpersonal skills

What we will give you:

RPS offers you a salary of up to £35k and a career working with a talented team of experts in a friendly, supportive and innovative environment.

Our benefits include:

• 24 days holiday + bank holidays
• Option to purchase up to 5 extra days per year
• Company pension scheme
• Group disability scheme
• Share incentive scheme
• Life assurance
• Cycle to work scheme
• Childcare vouchers
• Health screening
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Professional Membership

If you would like to apply for this role, please send your CV to or apply via our careers page

For more information on RPS Group, please take some time to visit our website

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.

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