SGL Transitions early to new ISO17025 Standard for Testing

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The Standard on which SGL’s UKAS Testing accreditation is based ISO17025, was revised and re-issued in 2017. While most of the stipulations are similar, the structure of the standard has been completely revised and new requirements have been added, particularly regarding management of risks, impartiality and confidentiality.

All UKAS accredited laboratories must transition to the new standard by 30 November 2020.

SGL decided to make the transition at the first opportunity in August 2018. We re-wrote our quality manual in line with the new standard and implemented the new requirements. The UKAS Transition Template (available on the UKAS website) was very useful in identifying the areas UKAS consider to be most significant.

At our recent (August) UKAS visit, SGL was  assessed against the new standard and no findings were raised. The transition has proceeded very smoothly and SGL were reported by UKAS to be only the second laboratory in our sector to attempt the change.

After the normal review by the UKAS decision making team, our transition has been granted (on 19/9/18), and our UKAS certificate and schedule of accreditation have been updated. These are available to view on the SGL website.

Vacancy – Sales Account Manager – Microbiology

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Competitive Salary (based on experience), Bonus >35% – Car – Tools for Role – Pension – Healthcare


South, London & South East, Eastern Counties (Flexible)


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Sales Account Manager to join a rapidly expanding scientific manufacturing business that produces prepared microbiological culture media and other associated products for microbiology.

Selling to Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic, Food & Beverage, Water & Environmental and Contract Laboratory testing sectors as a Sales Account Manager your role will be to manage and develop the customer base in terms of both turnover and margin by identifying opportunities with existing customers and developing new prospects.

Working with the National Sales Manager and Commercial Director the individual will drive sales forward to meet business growth targets. The role is primarily field based spending four days of the week generating sales leads, visiting customers, attending promotional events, exhibitions, technical conferences and generally exploring microbiology laboratory environments looking for opportunities.

Key Tasks:

  • New business development
  • Customer visits and account contact
  • Quote and tender preparation
  • Customer care and complaint management (In conjunction with the Quality Manager)
  • Liaising with the different business functions, production, customer services, quality in order to deliver product and a high level service to your customers

The Successful Applicant

Minimum of a BSc in Microbiology or Life-Science (with microbiology focus)

Must have one of the following:

  • At least 1-2 years field sales experience
  • At least 1-2 years practical laboratory experience

A scientific sales professional with a good grounding in the industry and good basic field sales skills looking to move into a more responsible position with good earning potential, in a team where they can really make an impact.


A microbiology professional currently working in a laboratory who wants to use their scientific knowledge and experience to maximise their earnings, take on a new challenge out of the lab in interesting a varied microbiology settings.

• Experience in microbiology culture media manufacturing being an advantage.
• Candidates must be highly motivated, driven and be committed to a career in a field sales role.
• Candidates must be resilient and able to work autonomously.
• Have strong relationship building skills with customers and maintaining a professional approach.
• The candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a full UK driving licence.

CV’s to

Consider a change to your existing media supply…

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With 25 years experience making prepared media SGL provides quality ready prepared media for environmental monitoring and process validation within pharmaceutical, cosmetic, toiletry and other associated industries. SGL is uniquely placed to offer the quality, continuity and flexibility required by modern industry. See our range of Aircheck and Surfacecheck plates for environmental monitoring or our range of Pharmacopoeia compliant Liquid Media solutions for sterility testing, Bio-Burden and preservative efficacy testing applications.

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