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THE RIGHT PEOPLE

While animals are at the centre of what we do, we also care deeply about the people who work for our organisation.

We are a dynamic veterinary diagnostic pathology provider and by supporting and investing in our team of exceptional people,  our mission is to always provide the best possible advice and care for our clients, with the healthcare of animals at the forefront of everything we do.

Innovation, research and development, and advancing medical and scientific practice are all hallmarks of what makes us who we are. At the VPG, we invest in people and training and progression is one of our founding principles, with the majority of the Senior Leadership Team progressing from within the company.

Join us if you would like to be part of a forward thinking, ethically responsible and expert team.


DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND EQUALITY

We recognise that the strength of our team lies in the diversity of perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds that each individual brings to the table. We firmly believe that fostering a culture of diversity, inclusivity, and equality is not only a moral imperative but also essential for driving innovation and excellence in our work. Embracing a wide range of talents and perspectives allows us to approach complex challenges with creativity and adaptability, ultimately leading to better outcomes for our patients and clients.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone, regardless of their background, feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique skills to our shared mission of advancing veterinary diagnostics. Join us in creating a workplace where diversity is not just celebrated, but integral to our success in providing the best possible care for animals.

Explore our transparent pay scales and harmonised progression system, seamlessly integrated across the entire organisation.

Courier Driver (Relief) – Cork

Cork

Shift Patterns

  • Zero-hour contract.
  • As and when required.

 

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Driving to various locations, from Cork.
  • To drive in a safe manner that maintains the reputability of the VPG.
  • Keep to collection times agreed between the clients and the laboratory.
  • Ensure all bags are sealed.
  • Count and sort deliveries, accurately completing log sheets where required.
  • Responsible for maintaining samples at the appropriate temperature during transit and when returned to the laboratory.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duty, when requested to do so by an appropriate manager.
  • Inspect vehicle daily and report any defects on the log sheet.
  • Keep vehicle clean and tidy and report any defects to the Courier Manager.

 

Safety

  • You must be willing to comply with all VPG policies and complete annual mandatory training; observe safety regulations and attend mandatory fire, manual handling and other courses as required. This also includes updates and have knowledge of COSHH and Lifting and Handling Policies.
  • We want our working environment to be safe for all; it is every VPG employees duty to report all incidents and adverse events to managers and assist in the investigations of any incidents.
  • Ensure that the equipment within area of work is maintained and operated as per SOP’s, you must also comply with SOPs at all times. Inform your manager and quality department immediately should there be an error in an SOP or if it needs updating.

 

Key Performance Indicator’s (KPIs)

  • Samples are transported in the agreed turnaround times.
  • Vehicles are maintained to the highest standard.

 

Knowledge, skills, attributes and experience

  • Valid driving license.
  • Previous experience of commercial driving.
  • Ability to communicate in a courteous and professional manner at all times.
  • Good literacy ability.
  • Ability to share and exchange information with others.
  • Ability to show initiative, and to work independently without supervision.
  • Ireland Right to Work.
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Finance Controller

Exeter

Reporting directly into the CFO, this is a rounded and diverse Financial Controller position. With a high level of involvement and visibility across the business, this is a fundamental role for the UK and IE business.

Duties/Responsibilities

Finance

  • Act as a key finance business partner across the company supporting understanding of budget/forecast comparison to actual results, articulate the story behind the numbers, provide analysis and business support across the business to support company growth and risk mitigation.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Team, assess the long-term financial trends and review prospects for future growth of income and new product areas.
  • Contributes to the achievement of the company objectives by providing advice and guidance on financial strategy, control, and governance.
  • Develop and lead initiatives to improve financial performance at contract level.
  • Support the on-going development of the team and ensure the team structure and competence is aligned to the requirements of the business.
  • Overall day to day control of the company’s accounting function, with regular reporting to the company’s Management and Executive Teams in line with the growth of the business.
  • Overall control of all financial transactions and accountancy matters. Oversight and management of the AP (Outsourced)/AR Functions.
  • Ownership of the monthly management accounting and all internal reporting process.
  • Responsible for the periodic budgeting and forecasting processes, financial planning and related ongoing advice for the Senior Leadership Team. Including analysis of monthly performance against budget/forecast.
  • Implement a governance framework to ensure working capital and cash management is optimised in the business.
  • Control of all compliance and taxation for the UK and IE including VAT, Corporation Tax, ONS Returns, and to ensure that any other periodic statutory submissions are met on a timely basis.
  • Support the preparation of all annual accounts where applicable and day to day management of the statutory audit process.
  • Run and review investment appraisals, cost/benefit analysis and cost and pricing financial models.

General Office Duties

  • Assist with general administrative duties within the Finance team.
  • Always comply with SOPs; inform your manager and quality department immediately should there be an error in an SOP or if it needs updating.
  • Sustain and promote the aims, ethics and aspirations of the company and participate enthusiastically in the growth and prosperity of the company.
  • Maintain confidentiality of the department and use discretion where necessary.

Safety

  • You must be willing to comply with all VPG policies and complete annual mandatory training; observe safety regulations and attend mandatory fire, manual handling and other courses as required. This also includes updates and have knowledge of COSHH and Lifting and Handling Policies.
  • We want our working environment to be safe for all; it is every VPG employee’s duty to report all incidents and adverse events to managers and assist in the investigations of any incidents.
  • Ensure that the equipment within area of work is maintained and operated as per SOP’s, you must also always comply with SOPs. Inform your manager and quality department immediately should there be an error in an SOP or if it needs updating.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) or “What it will look like when you are doing the job well”

  • Pro-active and timely reporting, containing accurate, reliable, properly accounted financial information for the use of the CFO and Executive team in decision making and statutory purposes that passes audit and shows improvement.
  • Building a good relationship with the Executive and management team at all levels.
  • Development of the local finance teams to ensure resilience to the business and career development for direct reports.

Knowledge, skills, attributes, and experience

Essential

  • Qualified Accountant, ACA, ACCA, CIMA with relevant broad experience.
  • An ability to work in a systematic manner. Be able to work independently to complete allotted tasks in a time-sensitive manner with a high level of attention to detail and upmost confidentiality.
  • Experience of working at SFM level, ideally for growth, small-medium sized enterprises (c.200 staff).
  • Senior level experience of managing financial operations, preferably outsourced contracts.
  • Senior level experience of corporate governance.
  • Advanced excel and database management skills.
  • Expert management accounting knowledge and skills.
  • Must be able to clearly articulate to financial and non-financial leaders and staff.
  • Demonstrate extensive commercial awareness and be able to work to strict deadlines and under pressure.
  • Evidence of significant managerial experience in supporting operations and new business activities, investment appraisal, cost/benefit analysis.
  • Ability to work in a fast-changing growth environment and proactively support business growth.
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Courier Driver (Relief) – Dublin

Remote/Hybrid, 40 hours per week

Shift Patterns

  • Zero-hour contract.
  • As and when required.

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Driving to various locations, from Dublin.
  • To drive in a safe manner that maintains the reputability of the VPG.
  • Keep to collection times agreed between the clients and the laboratory.
  • Ensure all bags are sealed.
  • Count and sort deliveries, accurately completing log sheets where required.
  • Responsible for maintaining samples at the appropriate temperature during transit and when returned to the laboratory.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duty, when requested to do so by an appropriate manager.
  • Inspect vehicle daily and report any defects on the log sheet.
  • Keep vehicle clean and tidy and report any defects to the Courier Manager.

Safety

  • You must be willing to comply with all VPG policies and complete annual mandatory training; observe safety regulations and attend mandatory fire, manual handling and other courses as required. This also includes updates and have knowledge of COSHH and Lifting and Handling Policies.
  • We want our working environment to be safe for all; it is every VPG employees duty to report all incidents and adverse events to managers and assist in the investigations of any incidents.
  • Ensure that the equipment within area of work is maintained and operated as per SOP’s, you must also comply with SOPs at all times. Inform your manager and quality department immediately should there be an error in an SOP or if it needs updating.

Key Performance Indicator’s (KPIs)

  • Samples are transported in the agreed turnaround times.
  • Vehicles are maintained to the highest standard.

Knowledge, skills, attributes and experience

  • Valid UK driving license.
  • Previous experience of commercial driving.
  • Ability to communicate in a courteous and professional manner at all times.
  • Good literacy ability.
  • Ability to share and exchange information with others.
  • Ability to show initiative, and to work independently without supervision.
  • Ireland Right to Work.
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Courier Driver – Dublin

Remote/Hybrid

Shift Patterns

  • Fixed Term Contract for 6 months
  • Monday to Friday, 4:00pm to 12:00am (40 hours per week)

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Driving to various locations, from Dublin.
  • To drive in a safe manner that maintains the reputability of the VPG.
  • Keep to collection times agreed between the clients and the laboratory.
  • Ensure all bags are sealed.
  • Count and sort deliveries, accurately completing log sheets where required.
  • Responsible for maintaining samples at the appropriate temperature during transit and when returned to the laboratory.
  • To undertake any other reasonable duty, when requested to do so by an appropriate manager.
  • Inspect vehicle daily and report any defects on the log sheet.
  • Keep vehicle clean and tidy and report any defects to the Courier Manager.

 

Safety

  • You must be willing to comply with all VPG policies and complete annual mandatory training; observe safety regulations and attend mandatory fire, manual handling and other courses as required. This also includes updates and have knowledge of COSHH and Lifting and Handling Policies.
  • We want our working environment to be safe for all; it is every VPG employees duty to report all incidents and adverse events to managers and assist in the investigations of any incidents.
  • Ensure that the equipment within area of work is maintained and operated as per SOP’s, you must also comply with SOPs at all times. Inform your manager and quality department immediately should there be an error in an SOP or if it needs updating.

 

Key Performance Indicator’s (KPIs)

  • Samples are transported in the agreed turnaround times.
  • Vehicles are maintained to the highest standard.

 

Knowledge, skills, attributes and experience

  • Valid driving license.
  • Previous experience of commercial driving.
  • Ability to communicate in a courteous and professional manner at all times.
  • Good literacy ability.
  • Ability to share and exchange information with others.
  • Ability to show initiative, and to work independently without supervision.
  • Ireland Right to Work.

 

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Veterinary Clinical Pathologist

Remote/Hybrid

Benefits

  • Flexibility to work on-site at one of our VPG sites, hybrid or fully remote
  • Full time and part-time hours available
  • Productivity bonus (up to 40%)
  • Life Assurance / Death in Service
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Enhanced Absences (annual leave, sick pay, parental leave)
  • Employee discounts (supermarkets, high street, cinema & travel)
  • Learning & Development opportunities
  • And more

 Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all clinical pathology reporting and interpretations of laboratory submissions are performed and completed each working day, with a customer-centric approach.
  • Ensure that all turnaround times are met, and that client support and satisfaction are guaranteed.
  • Deliver a market leading pathology service to all clients of VPG, including client and student education, projects and research (internal and external) aiming at improving the service according to individual agreements and as agreed with the Head of Pathology and Director of Pathology.
  • Expanding and maintaining professional standards by fulfilling CPD requirements.

 

Knowledge, skills, attributes and experience

Essential

  • An accepted Veterinary medicine degree from an RCVS approved and accredited institution.
  • RCVS membership (or equivalent for non-UK applicants).
  • Board Certification and Specialisation in ACVP, ECVP, FRCPath (Board Eligible Candidates will also be considered).
  • Excellent computer skills, including good understanding of applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • A friendly, confident and polite telephone manner.
  • Ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure.
  • Client oriented mindset – ability to deliver the highest level of customer care to clients, at all times.
  • Good skills in accuracy and numeracy.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of levels of staff within the laboratory.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and team working abilities.
  • Able to concentrate for a prolonged period of time.
  • Good time management and organisational skills.

 

Desirable

  • Board Certification in ACVIM, ECVIM, or other internal medicine specialisation/accreditation.
  • Other additional training or research in a veterinary related field (i.e.: residencies, internships, phD).
  • Experience in teaching, coaching and training (e.g., students, laboratory staff and residents).

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