Section Head, Core Biochemistry and Point of Care Testing


  • Provide a crucial service as part of vital medical laboratory in the South Island
  • Must be registered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist with the Medical Sciences Council of NZ (MSCNZ)
  • Providing managerial and technical leadership and direction to Core Biochemistry and Point of Care Testing services

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work at Waitaha Canterbury, you are a part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

Canterbury Health Laboratories is a leading medical diagnostic reference laboratory in the South Island and a secondary/tertiary referral centre, providing timely results to our clinicians to ensure our patients are getting the right treatment, at the right time. We are now looking for a Section Head with passion and enthusiasm to lead our Core Biochemistry Laboratory and Point of Care Testing service.

Our Core Biochemistry laboratory is part of the wider Core automated laboratory that also includes Core Haematology and is critical to the functioning of the entire service provided by CHL. You would also provide leadership for our large and developing Point of Care Testing service through a Point of Care Coordinator and team.

This is an exciting opportunity to be in a key role providing a high-quality service with both technical and people management responsibility based at CHLs laboratory in Christchurch and working in close relationship with clinicians, other Section Heads, managers and also providing support to the West Coast and Ashburton laboratories.

The Role: Where you fit in

Currently major investment is partially completed on installing high throughput analysers and middleware attached to an automated track and storage system to operate a 24-hour, 7 day a week service.  As this is an opportunity to work with the vendor on achieving stability and optimising performance of the new system, experience in both project and change management would be highly desirable as will be an ability to proactively work with vendors and in-house engineers, software, ICT and work-flow specialists.

Our ideal candidate will provide outstanding team leadership, direction and operational management ensuring efficient, effective and quality focussed service delivery. In addition, of course, we are looking for strong scientific leadership, so a relevant background and scientific experience is required.  Excellent communication and analytical skills, both oral and written, are essential together with experience of planning and managing budgets, as is the ability to take part in the training and development of our staff. The ability to provide technical oversight, operational and strategic leadership are essential while support and development opportunities will be readily available. 

Your skills will include:

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to motivate, organise and support a team to consistently deliver a high-quality service with variations in work demand and rostering requirements
  • Clear process thinking to identify and mitigate inefficiencies in processes to improve work flow
  • Calm under pressure
  • Significant experience at a senior scientific level in Biochemistry and within the medical science industry
  • Hold a current Annual Practising Certificate issued by the MSCNZ.
  • Develop clear direction and plans aligned to vision and goals
  • Ability to train and support staff through change

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi

Putting people at the heart of all we do  

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity. 

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story 

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.  

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills, then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

If you are interested in this role please apply directly on our career site here. Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.

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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: PC2108149

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Thursday 13th October