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Laboratory Director (Ireland)

  • Full Time
  • Cork
  • Salary: £Competitive

SYNLAB VPG are looking for a Laboratory Director to lead our laboratory sites located in Ireland, which currently includes VPG Cork.  This role will be ultimately responsible for the smooth day to day operation of the laboratories and point of care testing in this area as well as delivering on and improving the performance across all KPIs. The successful candidate will provide inspiring and expert leadership of the management team and laboratory staff.

Synlab VPG is a market leading provider of veterinary laboratory services and is committed to providing the highest quality laboratory services to our clients. Veterinary Pathology Group (VPG) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SYNLAB, the European leader in delivery of high-quality pathology testing and imaging services and operates six veterinary diagnostic laboratories across the UK and Ireland.

Our teams are fundamental to the principle of making a positive difference to veterinary healthcare and you will receive training and coaching to develop your skills and to support you in your working life.


  • Masters Degree or equivalent qualification or experience (preferably in a Life Science)
  • Significant experience managing or supervising a laboratory
  • Excellent IT skills, familiar with Microsoft office and LIMS systems, ideally DTE.
  • Excellent people management skills, with experience of the full line management cycle including managing absence, performance and conduct issues.
  • Experience in leading, developing and delivering a change programme whilst improving employee engagement
  • Experience in client-facing meetings and presentations with excellent negotiation and influencing skills
  • Excellent communication, influencing, persuasion and engagement skills to a variety of stakeholders at all levels
  • Excellent prioritising, time management and organisational skills
  • Clean driving licence


  • Extensive knowledge of the Veterinary community and client base
  • Highly motivated and target driven with a proven track record in business development and management


  • Contribute constructively, decisively, and consistently to the senior leadership team and play a central role in formulating strategy
  • Ensure laboratories achieve financial and growth targets
  • Active engagement and full understanding of the client base
  • Take a lead role in the complex co-ordination of high-priority group wide projects
  • Ultimate responsibility for the quality of the results reported
  • Responsible for the success of point of care testing in Ireland
  • Identify specific opportunities for long term change and improvement
  • Responds to and resolves complaints and queries quickly and to the client’s satisfaction
  • Manage staff efficiently promoting good morale as well as performance management
  • Responsible for recruitment, training and further education of staff
  • Improve business co-ordination across the group.
  • Provide timely and accurate reporting to other stakeholders within the organisation.
  • Contribute to campaigns, CPD and other marketing initiatives
  • Establish, develop and maintain positive business and customer relationships
  • Attend exhibitions and other industry trade events
  • Extensive travel throughout Ireland

How to apply

If you are interested in this role and have the skills, experience and behaviours we are looking for, please follow the link to apply and upload a copy of a covering letter and your CV. If this job isn’t right for you but you are looking for a new position, please keep check our website for future opportunities.

Please note that we reserve the right to close any adverts once we have received a sufficient number of applications. If you decide to apply for this post but do not hear back from us within two weeks of your application, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

SYNLAB UK & Ireland is a committed equal opportunities employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable UK employment law.

About us

SYNLAB UK & Ireland work closely with clinicians, hospitals, occupational health providers and clinical researchers to provide a complete pathology offering.

We operate in increasingly diverse environments which is reflected in our workforce, clients, customers, suppliers, communities and partners. We believe an inclusive workplace culture is the best way to source, attract and retain diverse and talented people, and create a sustainable, high-performing workforce.

We believe our staff is vital to the principle of making a positive difference to healthcare, therefore, we promote a culture of continuous personal development where scientists and staff have the support and resources to acquire new skills and build their careers through learning and development opportunities, coaching and clear career pathways.

We promote an open and collaborative culture where leaders act as role models and facilitate a two-way communication, engage with staff and stakeholders transparently and actively encourage feedback and suggestions.

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