Oxford Immunotec, Inc.

Automation Team Leader/ Head of Automation

Job Location UK-Milton Park, Abingdon
Posted Date 3 months ago(9/14/2021 9:59 AM)
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This position is a key member of the global Product Development team who will support all automation process activities globally and deliver on strategic company goals.



  • Instills passion, drive, and efficiency in the automation team while providing support and guidance for development team and project team members.
  • Providing leadership, vision, and key decision-making capabilities for the company’s automation strategy.
  • Successful development, implementation, and validation of new equipment and automated processes in the laboratory.
  • Leads the transfer of newly developed assays from the development stage to routine practice in the laboratory (internally and externally) in a manner that is consistent with Oxford Immunotec’s goals and in compliance with the Quality Management System.


  • Lead design and optimization work for automated immunoassay workflows for diagnostic applications
  • Lead high impact projects encompassing liquid handler method development, tube labeling and scanning, sample handling automation, and integrated robotic systems from multiple vendors
  • Collaborate with program management, QA, QC, Development, and Marketing teams to ensure that proposed solutions meet customer needs
  • Assess economic impact models for process usage and delivery to customers
  • Support installation, validation, and maintenance of instrumentation platforms and automation suites
  • Develop acceptance criteria and test methods to demonstrate new system performance
  • Execute validations in compliance with appropriate regulatory requirements
  • Effectively develop and manage junior scientists and engineers within the Development group
  • Act as a liaison between OI and equipment vendors. Responsible for equipment purchase, installation, service contracts, etc.
  • Responsible for training Technical Support and Sales teams in automated platforms (includes development of SOPs and training materials)
  • Deliver demonstrations of automation solutions for key customers
  • Pioneer new approaches to streamlining and simplifying T-SPOT workflow
  • Support Product Development department in coordinating and timely execution of development milestones, product launches, new product and process development, line extensions, and support of existing products.



  • At least BS in Engineering or life sciences, preferably an advanced degree in Biotechnology or Biochemistry
  • 6+ years of experience in a laboratory setting
  • 2+ years of experience managing a high-performing team
  • Must have experience with automation and instrumentation (development and launch)
  • Previous experience in developing liquid handling automated methods, tube labeling and scanning, sample handling automation, and integrated robotic systems is highly desirable
  • Must have experience leading and delivering on complex interdepartmental projects
  • Must have direct experience managing a diverse team of scientists and/or engineers
  • Familiarity with Quality System concepts
  • Experience working with FDA-regulated products is preferred

Technical Competencies

  • Requires analytical skills to plan, design, or enhance complex systems and programs, resolve problems requiring a comprehensive awareness of automation and scientific fields
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate a high degree of personal & professional initiative
  • Problem solving ability - able to develop creative, practical solutions that meet business objectives
  • Ability to work in a global, multicultural collaborative team environment
  • Strong organizational management; able to manage multiple competing priorities simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Shows proactivity in identifying and then overcoming problems.
  • Takes responsibility for delivering the required results to the required standards
  • Acknowledges the importance of high standards and works to get things right first time every time
  • Ability to travel up to 25% (domestic and international)

People Management Competencies

  • Can effectively and constructively challenge performance to improve outcomes
  • Leads by serving and celebrates team successes
  • Communicates regularly with their team, through structured meetings and 1:1s to ensure information needs are cascaded
  • Has proven experience of supporting their team’s development needs, provides opportunities for career growth
  • Actions and delivers on HR commitments and supports company events
  • Can vary their style and adapts to different coaching styles to best support their team
  • Can articulate, the EVP and Company Values and promotes diversity and inclusion within the team
  • Regularly seeks feedback and encourages new ideas, collaboration and networking
  • Demonstrates and fosters a sense of urgency, ownership and commitment to realizing objectives
  • Demonstrates the ability to resolve conflict and facilitate consensus building within the team
  • Can build and maintain trust in their teams


Physical Demands

The physical demands described within the Overall Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile.  The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers.


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