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Our business is using cutting-edge science to tackle major challenges in global health and agriculture.

We are a dynamic company located at Milton Park, close to Oxford, one of the UK’s leading biotechnology hot spots. We need people who share our vision in combating some of the world’s most damaging insect pests and who have a drive to make a difference, a commitment to deliver, and who have the skills and experience to succeed.

We do not use agencies in our current recruitment process. We are currently recruiting for the following positions:
Press Officer
Production Unit Lead
Insect Production Technician
Project Manager (Biosciences)
Senior Field Operations Manager

Press Officer

We are seeking a Press Officer to join our team in Milton Park, Oxfordshire, UK. This a varied and rewarding position that involves overseeing external communications with a wide variety of stakeholders, from journalists to the general public. At Oxitec we pride ourselves in making it easy for others to engage with us and ensuring that those who require information readily receive it, and this role is central to that principle.

The successful candidate will have a proven track-record of communicating complex scientific topics to a range of audiences. They will have a good understanding of the media landscape in the UK and internationally, and will preferably have experience managing media relations. In this position no day is the same, and the candidate will need to be able to manage a workload to prioritise critical assignments and respond quickly to enquiries. They will need to be able to take initiative and work with a high degree of autonomy, as well as demonstrate a strong team ethos and ability to work with colleagues at all different levels.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the role are to include:

  • Working closely with CEO to plan and deliver overall communications strategy for the company
  • Driving proactive press engagement, responding promptly to media enquiries, coordinating interviews with our experts
  • Managing company website and ensuring content is up-to-date
  • Managing company social media channels and overseeing social media strategy
  • Working with external agencies to develop content and communication plans
  • Conducting community engagement activities in countries where the company is working
  • Drafting web content, press releases, leaflets and other communication materials

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • A degree in biology, genetics or other relevant discipline
  • Native standard essential in written and verbal English
  • Proven ability to produce accurate and engaging copy from complex scientific materials
  • Experience in media relations, ideally in a scientific setting
  • Experience in digital communications, including management of social media channels/campaigns
  • Strong organisational skills, including ability to manage and prioritise a workload to meet tight deadlines
  • Strong team-working ethic and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in the UK and abroad
  • IT skills: Experience using WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator etc.)
  • Ability to undertake international travel where required
  • A foreign language, particularly Spanish or Portuguese, is desirable
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

Benefits

Salary will be competitive dependent on experience, plus performance based bonus, pension plan and 25 days’ annual leave.

Contact

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Sarah Coates at sarah.coates@oxitec.com. For further information please email, phone 01235 832393 and also visit www.oxitec.com

Application deadline: 5th May 2017
Start date: May/June 2017

Production Unit Lead

Reporting to:  R&D Group Leader

Responsible for:  Mosquito Production Facility

Purpose of the job

We are seeking a highly motivated and capable Production Team Leader to be part of a UK team dedicated to the running and optimising of our UK production facility. This position involves managing a small, dedicated team and seeking to improve our product quality through close work with our Quality Management Team.

The successful candidate will preferably be educated to BSc level with 5 or more years of experience in managing a team in a production environment. Experience in the production of a biological entity is preferable, although not required. They will have a self-starting attitude, show strong leadership and organisational skills, and demonstrate great attention to detail.  The successful candidate will be able to deliver a high-quality product as demanded by company priorities while moving the unit toward a GMP standard.  Experience with GMP and other quality management systems is a plus.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the role are to include:

  • Managing a team of skilled production operators
  • Producing a high-quality product per issued SOPs
  • Fulfils internal and external orders
  • Improved production processes through work with Quality and Innovation Teams
  • Maintains and continuously improves the quality standard.
  • Ensures up to date and compliant documentation (SOPs, non-conformance reports, change control records etc.)
  • Regular reporting of unit outputs and performance

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • BSc or equivalent experience plus 5 or more years managing a team in a production environment
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, including team building and cohesion
  • Well-developed organisational skills
  • Experience with Quality Systems such as GMP and ISO 9001 and tools like DMAIC, FIFO and 5S
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
  • Proficient user of Excel to analyse straightforward data sets
  • Experience with an ERP system preferred
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

Benefits

Salary will be competitive dependent on experience, plus pension plan and 25 days’ annual leave.

Contact

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Sarah Coates at sarah.coates@oxitec.com.  For further information please email, phone 01235 832393 and also visit www.oxitec.com

Insect Production Technician – Maternity Cover (1 year contract)

Reporting to:  Team leader

Responsible for:  Mosquito production

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Purpose of the job

Oxitec is a pioneer in controlling insects that spread disease and damage crops. Through world class science it is tackling the major global challenges of keeping people healthy and increasing food production and it is doing so in a way that is sustainable, environmentally friendly and cost-effective. 

We are seeking a mosquito production technician to be part of our UK team dedicated to the mass production and maintenance of a genetically engineered mosquito population, that will be used in the field to supress the wild pest populations. This position is a hands-on role which involves carrying out the day-to-day production and maintenance of our mosquito colony to a standard protocol. The successful candidate will have an interest in insects, demonstrate good laboratory practice, and have good communication and organisation skills, in addition to being independent and self-motivated.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the role are to include:

  • Carry out day-to-day production and maintenance of our mosquito colony to defined SOP protocols.
  • Effectively plan and coordinate your work programme within the team, as outlined by the production manager.
  • Develop technical entomological knowledge and skills through experience of a wide range of production techniques and attendance at team meetings.
  • Take responsibility for designated pieces of equipment and tasks.
  • Contribute to problem solving in consultation with team members.
  • Contribute to safety performance by maintaining a clean and safe personal working environment. Comply with all safety procedures and HSE regulations.

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience of working in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Working knowledge of Insect production techniques is desirable.
  • A recognised qualification in Biology/Science (eg National Diploma or Bachelor’s degree) would be an advantage.
  • Experience of working with breeding insects in a commercial or research environment, or proven aptitude for this type of work.
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Excel.
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Good communication skills and an attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

Benefits

Salary will be competitive dependent on experience, plus pension plan and 25 days annual leave.

Contact

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Sarah Coates at sarah.coates@oxitec.com.  For further information please email, phone 01235 832393 and also visit www.oxitec.com

Application deadline: 26th April 2017

Start date:  Mid May 2017

Job Title: Project Manager (Biosciences)

Reporting to: Head of Field Operations

Responsible for: Managing international development projects including budget and resources

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Purpose of the job

We are looking for a competent, enthusiastic Project Manager to join our team. You will represent Oxitec as the Project Manager for international development projects that aims to bridge from POC to implementation for Oxitec’s mosquito technology. Based in the UK this role will interact at a high level with our established partners for which some international travel will be required, initially in the Indian subcontinent. You will be required to bring together members from regulatory, communications and engineering teams to execute the project.  Reporting to the company Head of Field Operations, technical guidance and support will be made available.

Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the role include:

  • Representing Oxitec internationally as Project Manager
  • Managing project budget and resources
  • Engaging 3rd parties where required to meet the project objectives
  • Data handling, analysis and reporting
  • Presenting results to internal management and sponsors
  • Effective stakeholder management and communications

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • Degree-level education or equivalent in an appropriate scientific discipline
  • Formal Project Management training such as PMP/Prince 2
  • Proven successful delivery of medium to large-scale projects in the agriculture industry, food or feed, manufacturing, pharmaceutical or like industry
  • Management of project budgets of up to £1 million
  • Able communicator with good presentation skills, comfortable interacting with senior peers
  • An understanding of genetics, GMOs and ideally, biotechnology experience
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits, including an annual performance related bonus and company contributory pension scheme.

For further information please contact:-  Sarah Coates at sarah.coates@oxitec.com and also visit www.oxitec.com

Start date: ASAP

Closing Date for applications: 10 May 2017

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Senior Field Operations Manager

Reporting to:  Head of Field Operations

Responsible for:  Directing and Managing a Portfolio of Field Trials and Operations _______________________________________________________________________

Purpose of the job

The post offers an exciting opportunity to direct and manage an international portfolio of defined public health projects to deliver our revolutionary insect control solution; additionally to direct and manage operations development projects.  The successful candidate will thrive working in fast-paced interdisciplinary team operating internationally by collaborating with internal and external partners and customers.

Responsibilities

  • Direct and manage the planning and execution of field projects – trials and operations – in allocated countries with local staff, collaborators and contractors.
  • Direct and manage the planning and execution of allocated field operations development projects, spanning the development and piloting of equipment, methods and processes.
  • Ensure Oxitec compliance with regulatory obligations and standards in the conduct of these activities.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders in each country to ensure familiarization and adoption by policy makers, health departments and mosquito control officials as appropriate
  • Produce scientific reports and publications.
  • Take a creative approach to problem solving and the development of applied solutions.
  • Provide technical support for business development team.
  • This role will be based in the UK office and will necessitate extensive travel.

Key Skills and Qualifications

  • PhD in Biological Science or a related scientific discipline (or BSc/MSc with equivalent experience).
  • Leadership and project management skills
  • Ability to work both independently and within a fast-paced dynamic multidisciplinary team.
  • Must be diligent and organized, with data handling and statistical analysis abilities.
  • Track record of managing teams of trained scientist
  • Excellent spoken and written communication
  • Independent, self-motivated and resilient
  • Willingness to undertake international travel
  • Agronomic or public heath insect control and/or field trial experience desirable
  • Fluent Spanish highly desirable
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits, including an annual performance related bonus and company contributory pension scheme.

For further information please contact:-  Sarah Coates at sarah.coates@oxitec.com and also visit www.oxitec.com

Start date: ASAP

Closing Date for applications: 10 May 2017