Laboratory Manager

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Laboratory Manager - Are you ready to step into this challenge?

Full Time - Christchurch

  • Lead and manage to align group and organisational objectives
  • Drive and influence smooth delivery of all laboratory requirements
  • Be part of the change and join one of the South Islands biggest laboratories 

About the organisation

Christchurch City Council is one of the city’s largest businesses and the second-largest employer in the South Island, providing services and facilities to more than 380,000 residents, plus visitors – from waste collection and recycling, to cycleways, libraries, sports and recreation, facilities, and events – and a lot in between. 

Working at the Christchurch City Council gives you an opportunity to collectively enrich this city we call home. Work with likeminded individuals on projects, services and facilities for our communities and environment. You'll make a positive impact on our future while enjoying a rewarding career full of opportunities - Christchurch City Council, where it's possible to love what you do.

The Christchurch City Council Three Waters and Waste unit are looking for their next Laboratory Manager to lead and manage a team of laboratory professionals whose primary focus is providing analytical, environmental, and advisory services in relation to wastewater treatment plant testing, environmental water quality, drinking water compliance and solid and hazardous waste testing. 

Are you ready to step into this challenge?

About the opportunity

Based at the Christchurch Wastewater Treatment Plant and reporting to the Manager Service Excellence Three Waters and Waste, the Laboratory Manager has a pivotal role in ensuring all Laboratory activities are undertaken in accordance with certified IANZ accredited procedures and system.  In doing this you will:

  • Provide direction, empower, motivate, and develop others in order to achieve business unit, group and organisational goals
  • Provide timely, accurate, quality Laboratory Services to meet the needs of Council interests and external customers Promotion of consistency in advice and interpretation of planning documents
  • Develop and maintain key customer relationships ensuring expectations are effectively communicated, clarified, and metProvide services in line with annually approved budgets
  • Ensure Laboratory has a well developed and tested Business Continuity Plan
  • Ensure Laboratory is seen as a leading service provider in Canterbury for the services it provides

Christchurch City Council are looking for a Laboratory Manager that’s commercially minded with natural business development capability and strong technical leadership skills.  Interested? 

About you

To be successful in this role, you will ideally have a minimum of 7 years’ laboratory management experience, in both technical &/or leadership roles.  You will be able to demonstrate your ability to coach and lead a team and foster an environment of creative thinking and psychological safety.

You will be experienced in water and wastewater analysis and have developed &/or maintained QA systems that meet IANZ Accreditation.

Along with technical experience, your strong communication skills and the ability engage are critical, as you support your team with enthusiasm and commitment to deliver quality work. You will be someone who embraces change and leads with confidence.  You will be organised, accurate and focused on finding solutions. 

Sound like you? 

If everything so far excites you, and you possess a drive to deliver supportive, technical leadership - then we’d love to hear from you.

How to apply

To discover more about the Christchurch City Council, visit 

For a confidential discussion about the role; contact Pia Warren on 027 2535 203 or by email to

Applications close: Wednesday 8th June 2022 

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