About the Role

Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology.

As Laboratory Manager for the Gas Metrology group you will act on behalf of the team to ensure that our laboratories and associated assets are fit for purpose and well maintained, our procedures and activities are compliant and our people are provided with the appropriate guidance and support to operate safely and securely to create long-term strategic value for NPL.
The growing Gas Metrology group has over 30 scientists and engineers occupying suites of laboratories housing highly-specialist and technically complex assets.  We have ambitious plans for the future and this new, dedicated role is intended to work alongside the managers, scientists, engineers and central support functions to ensure that our future plans are supported by robust procedures and excellent facilities that meet our needs both now and in the future.
About You

About the Candidate 

It’s likely you’ll come from an operations, health and safety, quality assurance or compliance management background. A technical degree would be advantageous as you’ll be having high-level conversations with scientists and engineers who’ll expect you to understand their needs. Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better.

The role is all about developing multi-point relationships across the organisation to ensure that the Gas Metrology group has laboratories and facilities that are fit for the purpose of delivering trusted and accurate production and analysis of gas reference materials to support a wide range of applications.

With a keen eye for continual improvement you'll champion recommendations for changes and improvements and translate new workplace strategies and tactics into tangible value.

Key Skills and Attributes


  • Operational leadership experience of a laboratory for a highly regulated business
  • Skilful at working cross-functionally with teams such as H&S, Quality Assurance, facilities, maintenance, security and logistics
  • Previous experience of health and safety leadership including signing off risk and COSHH assessments and knowledge of IOSH.
  • Quality leadership including assuring compliance to statutory requirements; having led internal audits, investigated incidents, established root causes
  • Project management skills to organise and prioritise workload across multiple activities including assessment of priority resource requirements
  • Join NPL’s Lab Manager community where you will disseminate feedback and implement changes requested by HSE
  • Demonstratable experience of running continuous improvement to meet new efficiency, environmental and commercial targets from management
  • An effective listener and communicator who motivates and influences in a positive way
  • Have the confidence to challenge the status quo when required


  • Experience of managing an ISO 17025 or ISO 17034 accredited laboratory including organisation of laboratory procedures and facilitating UKAS audits
  • Knowledge or training in ATEX requirements for a laboratory including zone classification
  • Extensive experience of managing a gas laboratory
  • Previous experience of designing or repurpose laboratories for a new requirement
  • Knowledge or qualification in IOSH

Your role will require you to work in both an office and laboratory environment, at the Teddington site.

Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.
About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.