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Lab Manager in Farmington, CT at SNI Financial

Date Posted: 7/3/2019

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Job Description

Job Title: Laboratory Manager
Department: Quality Control
Report to: VP of Quality, Regulatory and Safety
Direct Reports: Laboratory Supervisor(s), Laboratory Coordinator(s) and Lab Inventory Control Specialist
Hours: This is a first shift position. Based upon business needs different hours, off shift hours and/or weekends required as needed.

Essential Job Functions:
• Manage the quality control testing laboratory that is responsible for physical testing, chemistry testing and microbial testing of incoming raw materials, in-process samples, finished products and stability samples in a dietary supplements manufacturing company.
• Oversee stability program with Stability Coordinator.
• Track all products testing and ensure timely release. Investigate all non-conforming results, troubleshoot testing issues, analyze product results trend, initiate and apply corrective and preventive action, and make decision on product status.
• Updated current test procedures and SOPs to meet regulatory and quality standards including but not limited to valid and validated test procedures.
• Research scientific articles to discuss with lab staff about improving current testing procedures and develop new testing methods.
• Introduce new testing equipment and techniques to the laboratory.
• Review and maintain all testing related documents, instrument and equipment calibration and maintenance records.
• Manage all laboratory equipment purchase, service and supervise regular supply orders, monitor all laboratory spending.
• Hire, mentor and motivate lab staff. Provide training and development opportunities to optimize their performance and personal growth. Conduct performance reviews, necessary disciplined and terminations.
• Represent the laboratory in audits, tours and meetings as required.
• Meet with company management. Provide updates on laboratory operations and discuss quality improvement.
• Coordinate with other departments as required to discuss any quality issues, regulatory changes, laboratory changes and improvements.
• Organize efforts to achieve new revenue streams thru 3rd party testing, stability and environmental monitoring.
• Lead efforts to achieve accreditation for ISO 17025:2017 and other projects.
• Develop commercialization roadmap for the laboratory.
• Develop internal measurement for the laboratory.
• Champion Continuous Improvement in the laboratory.
• Other duties as assigned or needed.

• Master's degree in chemistry, biology or related science with more than five years FDA regulated GMP environment working experience, such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical device or dietary supplements industry. Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 10 years' experience is acceptable.
• At least three years of HPLC hands-on experience is required. Strong understanding of analytical chemistry and microbiology.
• At least two years of direct management experience. Strong management skills.
• Good verbal and written communication ability. Capable of working in a fast-paced environment and strong multi-tasking ability.
• Good documentation skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office.
• Experience with LIMS system use and administration.
• Experience implementing 3rd party certification.
• Ability to understand and create meaningful performance measurements in a laboratory.
• Organized, attention to details, self-starter and team worker.
• Must be proactive and possess a sense of urgency.
• Ability to shuffle priorities in a response to customer needs.
• Attendance and punctuality are a must as ongoing laboratory testing are vital to the rest of the company.
• Must have a positive attitude in order to motivate personnel and be able to lead by example.
• Flexibility to change work schedule as required to properly train and evaluate staff and to ensure the company's goals are met.
• Ability to find, to recruit, and to develop outstanding talent to meet the company's needs.
• Ability to grow and evolve with the company.