Client showcase

How we recruited a Lab Manager

About the client

Our client is an independent minerals analysis facility in Malaga, WA. They are a world leader in microwave digestion of mineral samples, with a focus on geochemical analysis.

  • Location - Malaga, WA
  • Industry - minerals
  • Size - 20 employees

We applied our three-phase service delivery model for this recruitment drive.

About the client

Video job advertisement

Social media algorithms favour videos over still content, so we create video advertisements for all vacancies to help source our candidates.

We take full advantage of this unique and highly effective form of candidate sourcing in order to reach the right candidate at the right time. 

We post our videos on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. They are posted on these platforms 10-20 times, based on relevance. Our videos typically receive over 1,000 views within the first 24 hours.

Job advertisement

We constantly refresh, rewrite and reformat our job advertisements to optimise the quality of applications received. Our approach is aggressive - we post around 20 advertisements for every permanent job. Advertisements are posted on:

  • Job boards - Seek, Adzuna, Glassdoor, Indeed and Jora
  • Social media - LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter
  • 11 Recruitment's website

On average, our advertisements receive over 100 applications and perform well above the market benchmark for Seek, shown in this graph.

Lab Manager

  • Excellent opportunity for career progression
  • Work in a family-run company
  • Parking on-site


Our client is a Malaga-based boutique mineral analysis company. It was established in 2008 and is owned by a small group of key investors, most of whom are employees of the company. To ensure they are ahead of the game, this geochemical analysis laboratory use leading technology for their analysis work.


The Laboratory Manager will be responsible for supervising a highly skilled team of Chemists and Laboratory Technicians. They will also be required to be ‘hands on’ and assist and support their team when times get busy. The ideal applicant will have a strong work ethic and be able to deliver to deadlines set. For the right person, there is room for further growth as this company is expanding.


The successful candidate will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in chemistry 
  • 10 years’ mineral chemistry or environmental laboratory experience
  • Experience as a section manager/supervisor
  • Experience in instrumental analysis (ICPOES/ICPMS)
  • The ability to carry out quality assurance checks (CRM’s) 
  • Excellent organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyse ‘big data’
  • Strong computer and systems knowledge
  • Advanced Excel
  • Business studies/management qualification desirable

Assessment Matrix design

Our in-house designed, custom made software generates an Assessment Matrix, which is our blueprint for the recruitment process. Our process consists of screening, interviews, document verification, skills testing, personality profiling and reference checks.

Ticks indicate the point at which each criteria is addressed. More importance criteria are checked multiple times throughout the recruitment process.

Selection criteria







Tertiary Qualification in chemistry (Bachelor’s degree or higher)


10 years’ experience in mineral chemistry or environmental laboratory  

Must be experienced in instrumental analysis (ICPOES/ICPMS)

Able to carry out production work and work with the team

Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyse big data & identify trends

Experience of carrying out quality assurance checks (CRM’s)

Experience as a section supervisor/manager

Good at trouble shooting

Strong communicator (internally and externally)

Excellent at prioritising and getting the job done on time  

Strong computer systems knowledge

MS Office experience – must have advanced Excel

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Business studies/management qualification (desirable)  


Work location – Malaga

Verify LinkedIn CV vs CV submitted

Accept expected salary range ($90 - $120 (top end) plus super

Have you ever received a warning of termination

Will you pass a drug test?


Dominance - 38%

Influence - 37%

Steadiness - 49%

Compliance - 69%

Forms signed

Health / police check

Signed document - tell the truth

Docs verified

Driver’s licence

Citizen AU / NZ or PR

Medical Check

Probity Check

DISC profiling

Similar to people, jobs have their own behavioural profile that is based on duties, environment and communication. We create a profile for every job vacancy, enabling us to match an applicant's behaviour against that of a specific role.

We use DISC, which examines the following attributes:

  • Dominance - accomplishing results, the bottom line, confidence
  • Influence - persuading others, openness, dependability
  • Steadiness - cooperation, sincerity, dependability
  • Compliance - quality, accuracy, expertise

DISC profile - Business Manager

Business Manager

Shortlisted candidates

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C

Behavioural adaptation by candidates to match the job profile:

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C


Our aim is to produce a strong shortlist by sourcing widely. We measure every stage in our recruitment process to ensure we meet this key objective.

Our service comes with an extended 18-month replacement guarantee. This guarantee means our interests are mutually aligned - to recruit high achievers who will excel and stay.

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Interviewed by client




Christian Madsen | Managing Director

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