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Fermentation Manager

25/01/19 Dublin Neg

Permanent full-time

Fermentation Manager - Ref 280 

A multinational biotechnology company, with significant inventment and global expansion plans are seeking to recruit a Fermentation Manager to join a high performing scientific team to focus on new fermentation processes.

Reporting to the Enzyme Lead, the Fermentation Manager will be a passionate self starter who will supervise and coordinate the activities of a small team of scientists and technicians.

Location: Meath, Monaghan, Dublin 

Role Deliverables:

  • Project management of internal research projects and group's fermentation core service
  • Supervising and training a team of 4-6 scientists, across varying experience levels
  • Assessing different microorganisms (wild type and GMO's) for novel enzyme production
  • Active management of the project pipeline to ensure resources are assigned and prioritised to deliver commercial success
  • Development of new enzyme fermentation processes and the improvement of current processes through process and strain improvement
  • Transfer of new developments to up-scaled production in accordance with the project time-lines and working within a business-oriented development environment
  • Co-ordinating with Scientists from other R&D teams/external collaborators to generate required quantity of bacterial/fungal products within a stipulated time
  • Communicating complicated scientific technologies and data in a clear and simple manner
  • Providing high quality scientific support to team in terms of planning and execution of experiments by running fermentation batches with minimum downtime and maximum productivity
  • Working effectively with other team members to provide data required for presentations/validation/analysis
  • Develop strong partnerships with Technical Institutes, Universities and research bodies to enhance our clients R&D capability


  • Demonstrate ability to deliver multiple internal and external projects according to strict timelines
  • Demonstrate ability to supervise and manage a team of scientists and research technicians
  • Demonstrate ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical reports/publications
  • Demonstrate ability to write publications and reports that conform to prescribed style and format
  • Demonstrate ability to apply DOE methodology to experimental planning and strong statistical analysis to results
  • Willingness to travel when required for research collaboration/conferences
  • Science is not 9-5, so a willingness to be flexible and work during the weekend if required

Qualifications & Experience

  • PhD in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Enzymology, Biochemistry or related discipline
  • 5+ years industrial experience
  • 3+ years project and staff management experience
  • Experience in working with different capacity lab scale fermenters (0.1 to 10 L) and subsequent downstream processing
  • Experience in presenting technical materials in written and verbal form is critical
  • Experience in fed-batch and high cell density fermentation
  • Experience in optimising the process conditions and cost analysis

Other Significant Role Requirements:

  • Experience in microbial enzymes production at >100 L scale
  • Experience in handling different groups of fungi and bacterial systems
  • Experience in techniques related to USP and DSP processes

Please apply by sending your CV to Ray Powell at or call for more information.

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