Assistant Lab Team Leader

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Date: Sep 9, 2021

Location: Bury, LAN, GB

Company: Milliken and Company

Milliken is a successful global business, recognised as an international leader in textile products and specialty chemicals. They have significant manufacturing facilities in USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Their sales offices, development laboratories, Research and Development and technical support centres extend Milliken’s presence throughout the world. With three sites in the UK, Bury, Wigan and Manchester, Milliken Industrial Ltd has built itself into a significant business with products that reach into many markets.

Everywhere you look, you will find Milliken products in aspects of life and you will probably touch their products in a variety of ways almost every day.  Their high-grade speciality fabrics which offer comfort and practicality whilst providing essential protection are used in military service, space and extreme environment exploration and many contact sports and tournaments. Their carpets and linens are found in many of the finest hotels and restaurants and their matting products are providing entrance doorway solutions in many commercial and public premises.

Milliken firmly believes that ethical practices will continue to drive our success as a company, which is why we do more than talk about doing the right thing. The focus, commitment and actions Milliken take raises the bar for ethical standards and has earned us a place on Ethisphere Magazine's list of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" fifteen years in a row, including 2021.
Just look around. You’ll see Milliken.

Wellington Plant, Bury is part of Milliken’s Performance Textiles Division and is a multi-award-winning textile manufacturer supplying fabric products into Airbag systems for automotive vehicles. Shipping to over forty locations in twenty countries, we contribute to saving three thousand lives per year and prevent over thirty thousand life changing injuries. As a showcase site for our Performance Solutions Business, we regularly host visits from multinational companies as well as being a host site for events involving the Manufacturing Institute and Onsite Insights. We pride ourselves on our care and commitment of our associates, providing innovative process solutions that drive the highest quality levels and world class OEE standards. 

An opportunity as arisen to join our world class Automotive Textile Company to assist with and supervise (as required) the European Airbag business requirements for Laboratory Testing. In return, the role will provide the right person the opportunity to develop and grow both personally and within the business environment.


Role (summary)


The Assistant Laboratory Team Leader shall be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Ensuring accuracy and timeliness of all laboratory testing
  • Ensuring continuing improvement of the laboratory process.
  • Ensuring compliance of laboratory testing to International and Customer specific requirements.
  • Ensuring the competence of laboratory associates.
  • Contributing to the risk management system.
  • Ensuring equipment is calibrated.
  • Ensuring that gage R&R is completed.
  • Ensuring safe working practices are followed by laboratory associates.
  • Ensuring the administration & maintenance of the Airbag Test Cert Sharepoint site.
  • Providing solutions to customer requests / complaints.
  • Promotion of the lean and risk processes internally.
  • Undertaking any other duties or activities reasonably requested in order to meet departmental or company goals.


Knowledge and Skills


  • Experience of working in a busy manufacturing lab environment.
  • Computer literate (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Excellent communication skills are required at all levels both verbal and written.
  • Ability to work without supervision and manage interaction with colleagues.
  • Excellent organisational skills and effective team player.
  • Role model for transparency, honesty, trust, respect, creativity, curiosity, initiative, risk-taking, energy, passion, collaboration, commitment, teamwork.
  • Ability to demonstrate the highest ethical standards and integrity.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Understanding of organisational Health & Safety requirements and safe systems of work/operating procedures.



Additional Information


  • Location:           Bury site
  • Hours of work:   6am – 2pm/2pm-10pm: Monday - Friday

Want to join our team? Then we look forward to your application!