Baylab Manager - 12 months Fixed Term Contract, Reading

Closing date:Expiring soon

Bayer PlcReading

Date posted:
Start date: January 2020
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £Competitive + package
Contract term: Fixed Term
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Bayer Reading, United Kingdom

Bayer’s exciting new science laboratory has had 6,000 young people participate in science experiments since it opened in February 2017. Dedicated for use by schools and other groups of young people to take part in STEM workshops, the BayLab needs a manager to be responsible for managing all aspects of the delivery of an inspirational programme of STEM-related hands-on experiments and activities based on enquiry and exploration while the existing manager is on maternity, starting January 2020. 

Key Responsibilities: 


• Deliver and facilitate an inspirational programme of STEM-related hands-on experiments and activities for schools and other groups of young people that are based on inquiry and exploration 

• Maintain the quality of the programme for a range of young audiences and train other Baylab staff to do so to a similar quality 

• Adapt and develop STEM workshops to ensure that the Baylab content remains relevant to schools, the curriculum and young people 


• Have overall responsibility for equipping and maintaining the safe operation of the laboratory 

• In consultation with the Health and Safety team write, review and manage risk and COSHH assessments for Baylab workshops

• Maintain and manage a booking system for local schools to visit Baylab that ensures optimum use of the space 

• Have overall responsibility for stock control of consumables within the laboratory 

• In consultation with head of Corporate Affairs & Brand, prepare, control and monitor a Baylab budget and ensure that targets are met 

• Develop an ongoing system of evaluation that is appropriate to the needs of BAYER and to report on the performance of the laboratory annually 


• Be responsible for forging links with teachers and schools 

• Manage Bayer’s key partner relationships for the successful operation of BayLab incl: 

- Royal Institution in London of which Baylab is a partner hub 


• To work with the Bayer communications department as required promoting the work of the Baylab and the organisation in general including updating the website and marketing materials

• Supporting other Business units with meetings and external partner engagement 

• To develop and maintain a programme of hands-on science activities for Bayer employees and general family visitors to access when the Baylab is not being used for organised school groups 


Skills & experience required for success in this role: 


• Science degree or equivalent 

• Experience of science education, including teaching at any level or other practical project work related to science education 

• Some experience of laboratory work, either commercial or research based 

• Enthusiasm for enriching the scientific experience of young people 

• Excellent, demonstrable STEM communication skills desirable 

• Innovative and flexible mind set 

• Ability to adopt an ambassadorial role for Baylab in contacts with schools, universities, local and national government, media and other bodies. 

• Good organisational management and planning skills. 

• Good IT skills

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