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Manager Animal Research Operations

Boxmeer, Netherlands

Job Description

We are looking for a skilled and tactful people manager with self-reflection, who excels in cross functional stakeholder management to drive exceptional results. You are looking for an opportunity to play an important role in taking (Animal Research) Operations in a complex organization to the next level in terms of team-, process- and output development.

For our animal health location in Boxmeer we are currently recruiting a Manager Animal Research Operations

Welcome in our team

Our Animal Research Department (~56 FTE) is responsible for the execution of animal studies at the Boxmeer site for Research & Development (R&D) and Quality Control (QC) according the 3R principles (Replace, Reduce, Refine). As a result of a strategic departmental restructuring, 4 new Animal Research Operations (ARO) teams have been created. These 4 teams are responsible for the preparation, execution, and completion of animal studies, including administrative tasks, compliancy and facility- and system management.

Purpose of the role

Depending on your background and ambition, you are responsible for managing one of the newly created ARO teams (teams vary between 7 and 13 animal technicians). Your primary focus is on managing and developing the team at both the individual and team levels. You are responsible for the daily operations, including buildings, assets and systems. You collaborate closely with the other three ARO Managers to initiate and drive continuous improvements in internal processes, innovations and new technologies. Your ultimate goals are enhancing internal customer satisfaction and elevating the quality of our output. This role reports into the Animal Research Operations Lead and requires close collaboration with a variety of internal stakeholders (Research & Development, Site Engineering, Facility Management, Quality (Control), Environment, Health & Safety and a veterinarian who is accountable for the scientific and veterinary quality of the operations).

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Your profile

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Biotechnology, Biosciences or relevant Science subject;
  • Experience with functionally or hierarchically managing a team in a relevant organization;
  • A continuous improvement mindset with an active approach to learning new concepts, applying them in practice, and training others;
  • Excellent command of the English and Dutch language;
  • Living close to Boxmeer.

What we offer

A pivotal role in elevating performance, fostering collaboration, and delivering outstanding results in our current transition towards a modern network based organization. We welcome you to a truly global, dynamic and challenging environment with great opportunities for personal development. Our benefits are very competitive, and the summary below will give you an idea of what you can expect.

  • Competitive salary and a 3% year-end allowance;
  • 35,5 days of leave;
  • Attractive collective health care insurance package with considerable reduction rates;
  • Solid Pension Plan;
  • Annual bonus based on own and company performance;
  • Travel allowance for commuting;
  • Numerous trainings, coaching and e-learning modules for long term job opportunities and development.

Animal Health

Our Animal Health Division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to preserving and improving health, well-being, and performance of animals and the people who care for them. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet.

Through our commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, we offer veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. We invest in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. We are present in more than 50 countries, while our products are available in some 150 markets.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.

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Requisition ID: R260886

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