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Human Milk Foundation are hiring!


Job Title:  Milk Bank Technical Specialist
Department: Hearts Milk Bank
Hours: Part time or flexible time, Mon – Fri; occasional out-of-hours service may be required
Contract: Open-ended, 3-month initial review period
Reports to: Technical Services Coordinator
Pay rate: £21,892 (FTE, pro-rata as appropriate; pension)
Closing date: 28th February
Interviews: Middle week March, start date as soon as possible thereafter, tbc

The Human Milk Foundation is looking for a laboratory-based technical specialist to support the operation of the Hearts Milk Bank. 

Working closely with the Technical Services Coordinator, our Donor Recruitment Coordinator, lab technicians, volunteers, director and Trustees, the Technical Specialist will play an integral role in the day-to-day operations of the milk processing rooms, including milk tracking, pasteurisation, quality control, nutritional analysis and meticulous packaging.

The Technical Specialist will possess attention to detail and meticulous working, and enjoy working in a team that is driving excellence and innovation in the support of infant and maternal health. We need your energy and enthusiasm and offer opportunities to participate in a range of projects both within the HMF and with external collaborators. Full training will be given, but initially the Technical Specialist will be comfortable making independent decisions and working autonomously, as well as being part of a strong and happy team. The Human Milk Foundation and Hearts Milk Bank provides a fast-paced environment and we encourage developing independent solutions alongside the support of senior team members. 

Support will be offered by the charity in the form of training, supervision and regular opportunities to gain new skills. Experience in a laboratory or food preparation environment would be helpful but is not essential. Candidates should also have an understanding of the role that milk banks can play in infant nutrition.  

This role offers variety in day-to-day activity across a range of areas:

1. To contribute to the smooth running of every aspect of donor milk processing, ensuring the highest standards of quality are maintained throughout
2. To support the administration and logistics of milk coming in and out of the milk bank
3. To input and maintain information relating to donor milk records
4. To maintain and monitor excellent information systems, particularly using the in-house tracking and tracing systems
5. Over time, to support the training of volunteers and new members of the charity’s team.
6. Maintaining good communication with the laboratory, logistics and lactation teams

Please see their website for more details.

If you wish to apply please send your CV, details of two references and a covering email describing why you would like to apply for the role and what strengths you will bring, with examples to illustrate, to [email protected].

Informal enquiries and virtual tours to meet the team are encouraged. Should you have any queries please contact Dr Natalie Shenker – [email protected].

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