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About us

At Manchester Fertility, we’re a warm, welcoming team of more than 60 staff working across different departments, all with the same shared vision for exceptional patient care - it’s what makes us one of the most trusted, award-winning fertility clinics in the UK.

Our greatest asset is our team. We recognise the importance of everyone who works at Manchester Fertility, as their commitment and passion are the driving force behind our success. We offer our staff a range of benefits to show our appreciation for the work they do, including: 

  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private healthcare insurance
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Training and development programme

Current vacancies

Applications to be emailed to Joanne Kensmil, HR Manager at

Head of Laboratory and Person Responsible

Closing date:16th October 2022

Hours: 37.5hrs per week

Salary: Negotiable depending on experience

REPORTS TO: Managing Directors

SUMMARY: To manage the day to day running of the Embryology and Andrology teams whilst performing all aspects of clinical embryology and providing excellent patient centred care for individuals and couples receiving fertility treatment. This role is part of the Senior Management Team to drive the day to day management of the business. To hold the post of Person Responsible for Manchester Fertility.


  • Overall management and leadership of the laboratory team in terms of performance and results.
  • Part of the senior management team alongside other heads and managing directors.
  • Person Responsible (PR) for Manchester Fertility to have overall responsibility for ensuring the clinic and team are compliant with the current law (see PR job description).
  • Responsibility for the day-to-day clinical and administrative activities in the Embryology Laboratory.
  • Responsible for activities in the Andrology laboratory.
  • Perform all aspects of clinical embryology laboratory work to include:
  • Oocyte retrieval, insemination & fertilisation check
  • ICSI
  • Semen preparation, freezing and diagnostic analysis
  • Embryo annotation/grading, selection and transfer
  • Oocyte and embryo vitrification and /warming
  • Embryo biopsy
  • Oversee the laboratory team rota to ensure that the Laboratory is adequately covered with the appropriate skill mix of staff at all times.
  • Liaise with members of other teams to provide an excellent clinical service to patients.
  • Independently advise clinical and nursing staff on the interpretation of results.
  • Responsible for counselling patients and taking informed consent.
  • Maintain and improve the patient’s clinical experience based upon patient feedback.
  • Keep up to date with developments in IVF to ensure Manchester Fertility continues to use innovative and cutting-edge technology alongside the highest level of patient focused care.
  • Responsible for the management of consumables, stock level maintenance and traceability.
  • Contribute to financial management by controlling laboratory costs.
  • Generate KPI’s and results to maintain and develop the quality of the Laboratory.
  • Lead in the development and implementation of protocols as required.
  • Lead in the evaluation and procurement of new equipment for the laboratory.
  • Work alongside the Quality Manager to maintain laboratory documents, perform audits and inspection preparation, report near misses/incidents and perform root cause analysis.
  • Ensure staff are aware of team objectives, measures and targets.
  • Ensure the implementation of the performance management system in terms of setting objectives, measures and targets and carrying out informal and formal (annual) performance appraisals.
  • Attend management meetings to maintain inter-team communication and to discuss the future development of Manchester Fertility.
  • Run team and clinical meetings, to maintain effective communication between team members and to discuss issues/areas for improvement as they arise.
  • Responsible for staffing levels in laboratory.
  • Responsible for the delivery of training of all laboratory staff.
  • Participate in the weekend rota as required. Cover the on-call rota if the requirement arises.
  • Lead research and development in Embryology and Andrology.


  • Knowledge of all technical aspects of Clinical Embryology
  • Knowledge of the day to day running of an Embryology laboratory
  • An excellent working knowledge of the legal requirements of running an Assisted Conception Unit (HFEA Act/Code of Practice) and its implementation in the unit
  • Awareness of health and safety and COSHH legislation


  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills
  • Prepared to make decisions
  • Good communicator
  • Able to delegate


  • Demonstrate professional leadership to the Laboratory team at all times.
  • Exercise professional accountability at all times.
  • Communicate effectively when dealing with patients, colleagues and other outside parties.
  • Act in the best interests of Manchester Fertility and patients at all times.
  • Maintain professional qualifications and CPD.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships within own team and across teams within Manchester Fertility.
  • Demonstrate a flexible and resilient operational style.


  • Degree in life sciences
  • Professional qualifications (ACE/ACS certificates or completion of the STP programme in Embryology)
  • HCPC registration as a Clinical Embryologist
  • At least 5 years post HCPC registration and at least 2 years’ experience as Senior Clinical Embryologist.

Experience as PR not necessary as full training and support will be given.

This job description is not a definitive or exhaustive list of responsibilities, but incorporates the key framework of responsibilities and duties of the post holder.