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Head of Department - Histology



Reference: 4815782

Medlab South Laboratory (a division of Healthscope) is the provider of pathology services to the people of Marlborough by way of our long term contract with the Nelson/Marlborough District Health Board. Medlab South Laboratory provides pathology services to the patients of Nelson/Marlborough Hospital Clinicians, General Practitioners, Medical Specialists, and midwives.

The laboratory provides a full histology service and also includes overseeing the Nelson/Marlborough mortuarys.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic, team player with a wealth of multi-disciplinary experience. As Head of Department you will have overall responsibility for managing all operational activities of the Histology department to ensure a quality and efficient cost effective delivery of diagnostic services to our customers and patients. You will work collaboratively with the Nelson/Marlborough regional laboratory manager, clinical pathologists, and other Healthscope managers to ensure the success of the company.

The HOD position is expected to take around 20% of your time and the remaining time you will be working on the bench - so it really gives you the best of both worlds. On top of that you get to live in a location that is sought after by many in New Zealand.

To be considered for this role you will need:

  • To be registered as a Scientist with the NZ Medical Science Council.
  • A current Annual Practicing Certificate
  • To hold relevant qualifications and/or experience in Histology
  • At least 3 years supervisory and/or staff management experience with proven ability to lead and motivate a team.
  • To be flexible in hours of work including availability to work weekends and shift/on call if required.
  • To have previous experience managing budgets and monitoring finances

You will be disciplined and self-motivated with a positive approach to work; customer focused; possess effective interpersonal and time management skills; able to work independently, use initiative to solve problems and make decisions appropriately.

Healthscope offers support in management training to senior technical staff. In addition there is a funded CPD program for laboratory scientists and a discretionary scholarship fund for approved educational projects.

The Nelson region enjoys one of New Zealand's sunniest climates and has a wide range of leisure activities, including exceptional walking and mountain biking tracks. The relaxed lifestyle and the flourishing wine and gourmet food industry in Nelson are enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.

Applications Close: 30 Aug 2019