Deputy Quality Manager


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About the job

The Energetics Analysis Group (EAG) delivers operationally focused science and technology to support and advise Home Office, MOD and wider Government. We conduct research and development into the use of equipment to support capabilities for UK Police, UK Forces and Other Government Departments. EAG delivers sovereign explosives, forensic and intelligence capabilities, we provide front-line scientific capability and specialist advice and intelligence-led support.

We're looking for a self-motivated, enthusiastic individual with knowledge of analytical chemistry or forensic science to be part of our Quality Management Team. The role may involve supporting the Forensic Explosives Laboratory (FEL) and/or Type Approval (TA) work areas. As the Deputy Quality Manager you will use your good understanding of quality and its relation to scientific outputs to support the Quality Managers with running the Quality Management Systems to ISO17025:2017 and, for FEL, the Forensic Science Regulator codes of practice and conduct. You will use your problem solving ability to contribute to continuous improvement and support extensions to the scope of accreditation where required by regulatory standards, customer or internal requirements. You will also engage with other quality systems across the business.
Job description
In this role you will:
• Help the Quality Manager to maintain and improve our accreditation
• Be a point of contact for staff on quality matters
• Provide training and mentorship to staff on quality requirements
• Implement improvements to the Quality Management System

Your main relationship is with the Quality Managers, with day-to-day interaction with both operational teams and group management. Developing positive relationships with practitioners and team leaders will be important for ensuring the standards are understood and met.
It will also be important to develop and manage relationships with other Quality Managers within and outside of Dstl to share and distil good practice and collaboration with similar groups and organisations.

You will be mainly office based at Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire. There will be a regular requirement for laboratory work through audits and preparing proficiency tests. There will be occasional requirements to travel to meetings/conferences with external contacts.

We are looking for someone who has:
Experience of working within an analytical laboratory environment.

Experience of working in an ISO accredited laboratory. Knowledge of auditing, calibration and proficiency testing. Associate member or member of a professional society or body.

A degree in a scientific subject is essential and an auditing qualification is desirable.

Strong organisational and communication skills. Critical thinking, problem solving and good attention to detail. A good working knowledge of Microsoft packages.

Working knowledge of an electronic Quality Management System platform such as Q-Pulse. An understanding of method validation and measurement uncertainty.

Important Information .

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners across the enterprise. We work closely with the Defence and Security Industry on many projects, so it would be great to work with you via one of our partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Managing a Quality Service
Working Together
Changing and Improving
Communicating and Influencing
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

If you have a disability we will try our best to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to this post in the application / interview process due to a disability.