Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Head of Life Sciences

Head of Life Sciences

Twycross Zoo – East Midland Zoological Society (TZEMS), the World Primate Centre, has one of the most comprehensive collections of primates in the western world alongside a wide range of other animal species. The Zoo has exciting plans for further development to continue its work in the conservation of endangered species and the provision of high standards of animal husbandry.

As a zoological society, popular visitor attraction and charity, the Zoo is striving to increase its contribution to animal welfare, research, conservation and education, whilst providing outstanding value for money for all who visit.  We are keen to recruit a dynamic and knowledgeable Head of Life Science to help lead the organisation forward.
The Head of Life Sciences is a key member of the Executive Team, working closely with and supporting managers.  We are firm believers that our employees are our greatest asset and we are looking for a Head of Life Science who can provide strong leadership on a daily basis.  
The successful candidate will have responsibility for creating a department that will allow us to continue to grow and fulfill its mission.
This crucial role will also be responsible for:
·       Leading on all aspects of the life science directorate strategy and operational aspects
·       Overall management of staff of the animal, veterinary, education and future research departments
·       Act for the zoo as a liaison with Defra, EAZA, BIAZA and other legal entities concerned with zoo legislation
·       Be conversant with relevant codes of practice and legislation, ensure compliance with the zoo licensing act and other relevant legislation
·       Keep up to date with the role of the modern zoo and aim to develop good practice within the zoo community
The successful candidate must have at least 10 years’ experience as a senior manager in a zoo or close related field and hold a higher degree and / or further professional postgraduate qualification in a relevant veterinary or zoological field.    They will also possess a good working knowledge of the roles, goals and objectives of the modern zoo.     Having previously held a position with managerial responsibilities and having successfully led teams that have contributed to improvement, they must be able to demonstrate innovative thinking, as well as extensive knowledge of the zoo animal field.   They will, in addition, possess the interpersonal skills and the vision to be both an effective leader and an influential team member of the Zoo’s senior management.
The role is full time, including weekend duties on a rota system. Salary is paid monthly, with an annual holiday entitlement and a 5% employer’s pension contribution (after qualifying period).

If you are interested, please send your CV with a covering letter and salary expectations to

Closing Date: Monday 16th September 2013

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