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Lead Microbiologist/Microbiologist

Job Description

A collective energy and ambition. A place where you can make a real difference.

We’re a company that genuinely cares about our people, our products, our consumers and the environment.

Our unique, informal culture champions courage, determination and collaboration. Knowing we have an open and supportive team means each of us has the freedom to take responsibility and ownership. We have a shared passion to work hard, innovate and push boundaries.

United by the belief that when we strive for growth, anything is possible. While we might not be the largest company in our industry, we believe we can have the biggest impact because: Together We Have the Power to Win.

Do you have a passion for microbiology and a desire to make a positive impact on people's lives through innovative products? Are you an expert in the field of microbiology, seeking an opportunity to utilise your skills and knowledge to help manufacture cutting-edge and industry-leading consumer products?

If the answer is yes - then look no further. Church & Dwight UK Ltd are excited to expand our dynamic team and are currently looking for a Lead Microbiologist as an experienced addition to our Quality Department based at Wear Bay Road. Please be aware that we are also considering Microbiologists for this position, who have a passion for development and growth.

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Lead Microbiologist/Microbiologist with previous experience in a laboratory environment within a regulated industry (e.g., FMCG, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices) or a similarly related field.


  • Prioritize team work in accordance with business needs.
  • Act as the voice and point of contact for microbiological issues.
  • Ensure competence and compliance of laboratory staff with relevant procedures and ISO standards.
  • Perform microbiological tests on materials for production.
  • Conduct microbiological monitoring in production plant and filling areas.
  • Sample and test RO process water and seawater deliveries.
  • Examine contaminated plates to determine bacterial profiles.
  • Maintain accurate records and produce concise reports.
  • Maintain a clean working environment in accordance with procedures and regulations.
  • Perform and collate data from environmental testing.
  • Support internal investigations requiring microbiological testing.
  • Participate in validation exercises.
  • Support documentation management of microbiological-related publications.
  • Promote safe and compliant working practices.
  • Delegate for the QC Manager when necessary.
  • Promote C&D strategies.
  • Support the laboratory 5S program.
  • Perform other reasonable duties related to the scope of work required.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience of GMP and ISO standards, as well as familiarity with quality tools such as Root Cause Analysis, FMEA, and CAPA. Minimum qualifications include A levels in a scientific subject. Excellent planning, communication, and organizational skills are required, along with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. The successful candidate must be able to maintain accurate laboratory documentation, work safely and effectively within a small team, and communicate effectively with various departments within the organization.

This role works 39 hours per week Monday-Friday.

In return we offer a competitive package, including 24 days annual leave, a pension matched up to 9%, discretionary annual bonus, life assurance cover and membership of a health cash plan.

For more information on our company, our brands and our culture visit us at

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With offices in London and Folkestone, Kent, our more than 400 employees enjoy numerous benefits.

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DIVERSITY At Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight strives to create an environment where everyone feels free to bring their authentic self to work every day.

We win when we respect every employee for who they are – regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other differences. We believe that our employees’ contributions are richer because of their diversity. We aim to be a diverse, inclusive and equitable company and are determined to build a culture where people have the power to win together.

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CULTURE At Church & Dwight

We care - about our people, our products, our consumers and our environment. To honor these priorities, we’ve built our culture around the tenants of courage, determination and team spirit. We’re united by our small company feel and inspired by opportunities to make our mark.

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Equal Employment Opportunity for the Disabled At Church & Dwight

As an equal opportunity employer, Church & Dwight is committed to providing access and opportunities to individuals with disabilities. Applicants who require accommodation for accessibility to the online application system, the interview process, completing any pre-employment testing, or any other portion of application process, as a result of impairment from a medical or mental health condition, they may contact 877-809-8449 or email their resume and cover letter to     

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