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Production Supervisor in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom at Leica Biosystems

Date Posted: 3/5/2019

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Job ID: ADV001052

About Us

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation. As the only company to own the workflow from biopsy to diagnosis, we are uniquely positioned to break down the barriers between each of these steps.  Our mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 9 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Visit  for more information.


Production Supervisor

Position Summary and Overview:

The Production Supervisor (assigned to either Antibody and Polymer Production or Detection Systems) is responsible for safety, quality and productivity of all Production Associates within their area, they shall ensure defined KPIs are achieved and targeted improvements are identified, realised and sustained including resource planning, management of raw materials.  Develop improvements in processes and personnel in line with business needs and cooperate closely with other departments to facilitate excellent customer service.  It is the responsibility of the Production Supervisor to ensure all tasks within their department are completed in line with regulatory requirements at all times.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Review, revise, improve and drive safety policies and initiatives to ensure best practice is in place as a minimum and to reduce risk.  Work with established reporting protocol to ensure corrective actions, where applicable are escalated as required.
  • Drive and manage a sustained culture of achievement of high quality standards with a continued focus on GMP and right first time to ensure manufactured product is defect free and market ready.
  • Manage established process and procedure with passion to
    • ensure the quality, integrity and status of all documentation is to an exceptional standard and that Quality System Policies and Procedures are effectively implemented and adhered to in line with set regulatory requirements.
    • proactively and continuously support calibration and validation activities to ensure they are undertaken as required.
  • Lead, implement and sustain DBS foundation tools and principles of 5S, Standard Work, TPI (waste reduction) and Problem Solving on a daily basis.
  • Establish, monitor and drive the achievement of KPI through effective Daily Management which drives efficiencies and accountability.
  • Lead the management of associate development and training of Production Operatives in line with the Grading Structure to support progression through hands on coaching, mentoring, support and guidance. 
  • Ensure that competency levels and resource requirements are constantly revised in line with production planning requirements.
  • Proactive management of associate absence within set parameters.
  • Supervision of staff to ensure that they adhere to the required standard for manufacturing products.
  • Plan, co-ordinate and manage teams to ensure production is to the required standard, right first time, QA compliant and in such a way as to meet the production schedule. 
  • Actively lead and drive improvements through the business and adhere to lean principles through the utilisation of DBS tools to continuously improve Quality, Delivery and Cost on a sustained basis.
  • Manage the accuracy of material stock within permitted tolerances; drive understanding of inventory control and root cause investigations into stock discrepancies.

Additional Health and Safety Responsibilities:

  • Provide so far as is reasonably practicable a healthy and safe workplace for employees, contractors and visitors.
  • Support EHS framework and assist in annual planning, implementation, evaluation and review.
  • Work with EHS Manager to implement policies, procedures and support improvements.
  • Support best practice safety performance levels and ensure business complies with all relevant EHS regulations.
  • Be actively involved in Workplace Inspections and Near Miss and Incident reporting.
  • Discuss and review statistical data (near misses, incident reports, etc) at monthly management meetings.
  • Ensure safety performance is included in annual staff reviews.

Job Requirements


Required Skills/Experience:

  • Experience of working in a FMCG environment ideally dealing with high value, low volume production.
  • Experience of working in a strong continuous improvement environment ideally as Improvement leader with good proven knowledge of Lean principles and tools.
  • A proven ability to make the tough call and drive decisions to support business needs.
  • Demonstrated experience of working to a high level within the constraints of a regulated industry.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and as an individual for extended periods of time
  • Experience of working in the biotechnology section with prior knowledge of medical device manufacture would be advantageous
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills and the ability to lead others
  • An awareness of ISO 9001:13485 or CGMP processes.
  • Scientific Training (Degree or similar qualification)


  • An ability to lead from the front and implement best practice throughout the department
  • Very methodical and process driven approach
  • Excellent supervisory skills
  • Excellent Communications skills and an ability to engage, influence and effectively manage other stakeholders with confidence.
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Good computer skills
  • Working knowledge of business systems e.g. SAP

Education List of Education, Certifications, Training:

  • Qualification in Operations Management or Supervision would be advantageous
  • Secondary scientific qualification at least

Travel % of Travel, include approximate overnight stays per week:

  • Travel expectations within this role are minimal (<10%)


  • This role shall be based at Newcastle upon Tyne

Reporting to:

  • This role reports into the Production Manager
To Apply:
Leica Biosystems is committed to attracting and retaining the most highly qualified candidates available. We firmly believe that our employees drive the success of the company. With success in mind as the ultimate goal, we strive to create and provide an environment that offers challenging, stimulating and financially rewarding opportunities.  As a Leica Biosystems employee you will be consistently challenged to deliver your best. 
If you are ready for this challenge, submit your resume for consideration.
Be sure to follow Leica Biosystems on LinkedIn!

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years.
At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.


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