Quality Assurance Officer Team Leader

Deadline: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 00:00
Employer: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Contract Duration: Fixed term (until 31 March 2026)
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £26,500 - £28,912

We are seeking to appoint an individual with high attention to detail and experience of transcribing and imaging natural history or museum specimens to report where digital outputs of Herbarium or Fungarium specimens do not meet agreed standards. They will supervise and train a team of digitisation officers and must ensure the work they produce meet required standards.

RBG Kew are currently recruiting staff to work on an exciting and unique project to digitise Kew’s 8.5 million plant and fungal specimens and create a complete catalogue of our internationally significant collections, making specimen records and images freely available online and accessible to researchers across the globe.  

The outcome of this project will provide a unique, world-leading resource making accessible data from more than 260 years of scientific exploration, placing them at the centre of efforts to combat urgent global challenges such as habitat degradation, climate change and human health.  

In addition, RBG Kew are recruiting staff to support the implementation of a new collections management system to ensure efficient and effective integrated management of the Science and Living Collections and the data describing them.  

The Integrated Collections Management System will allow more efficient tracking of the use of specimens to meet legislative requirements concerning access to genetic resources and benefit sharing, including the Nagoya Protocol of the Convention on Biological Diversity and plant health legislation. 

Essential skills and experience required for this role include: the ability to check image and data quality against defined standards; a competent understanding of taxonomy, nomenclature and geography; excellent IT skills; and an ability to support, manage and motivate staff to achieve personal and team targets. 

The salary will be £26,500 - £28,912 per annum (pro rata), depending on skills and experience.