Lab Manager

  • Gannon Eco Limited
  • Kilbeggan, County Westmeath, Ireland
  • 02/04/2024
Full time, Permanent Chemistry Construction Engineering Environmental Laboratory Management Manufacturing QA - Quality Control Research

Job Description

Gannon Eco Limited is an award winning company and is one of Ireland leading environmental solution provider. For our site in Kilbeggan we are seeking a hands-on Lab Manager. You will be responsible for Co-ordinating and managing the lab staff in the mineral processing testing and research activities on site. Your role plays a crucial part in developing methods and procedures for testing and reporting, conducting customer test work, and working on R&D projects in the field of Mineral Processing.

Job Purpose

Perform analytical testing to support Development and Technology projects. Support development projects, primarily with respect to analytical testing, to ensure the development of robust new products. Support technology and continuous improvement projects, primarily with respect to analytical testing, and to support existing commercial products.


Essential Criteria

  • Degree in Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry or have a strong Chemistry background.
  • Demonstrable IT skills ie Office Proven communication skills (written and verbal) 
  • Be responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the quality system e.g. maintaining quality documents and supporting periodic updates as needed.
  • Excellent people management/leadership experience.
  • Proven ability to maintain high standards of work and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrable planning, organisation, and time management skills
  • Must be able to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work proactively and under time constraint.
  • An analytical mindset with good problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Degree in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or related equivalent at 2.1 or higher
  • Masters Degree in Chemistry or related equivalent
  • PhD in Chemistry or related equivalent
  • At least 2 years practical experience of working in an analytical laboratory
  • Understanding of quality control finished product and raw material testing.
  • Good interpersonal skills 
  • Lean (5S) and Six Sigma knowledge and experience preferred
  • Must be a good team player who can work on their own initiative.
  • Must be able to instruct and co-ordinate team members on a daily basis.


  • Recruit, manage, train and develop the QC team ensuring they operate in a safe manner and to documented SOP.
  • Prepare, test and analyze samples of matter to identify its individual components and write reports.
  • Overall ownership and responsibility of the development & delivery of the Lab finances within budget.
  • Responsible for procurement of Lab equipment, consumables and services.
  • Day to day responsibility for the laboratory activity and equipment maintenance.
  • Responsible for the efficient implementation of approved sampling plans for finished goods.
  • Apply scientific techniques to sample testing.
  • Explore potential uses for substances in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and agricultural.
  • Maintain detailed laboratory records that explain testing techniques and findings.
  • Conduct evidence-based research.
  • Develop reports on lab findings and prepare research for publication where warranted.
  • Support the validation of analytical testing methods of materials at Gannon eco.
  • Represent Technical Operations group in internal and external (vendor) meetings and teleconferences in a positive, collaborative manner.
  • Contribute to the review of company policies and procedures.
  • Undertake any other duties, which may be assigned by Senior Management.


  • Actively engage in an individual development / personnel improvement plan.
  • Actively engage in the continuous improvement and lean manufacturing training on site.
  • Ensure training has been received in relation to specific duties.


  • Adhere to the Company’s policies and procedures.


  • Understand and follow the company’s Health & Safety policies.
  • Comply with the environmental management system and minimise environmental impact where possible.

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KEY Competencies

Degree in Chemistry or Analytical Chemistry or have a strong Chemistry background.