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Laboratory Operations Manager

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Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Management, Science
Education 4 Year Degree
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Other Great Industries
Required Travel Not Specified
Job ID 964

Job Description

Laboratory Operations Manager
Category : Management/Operations

Location/City : TX - Houston

Id : 964

Pace Division: LabOps




Responsible for the coordination of daily laboratory operations and allocation of resources across the laboratory to ensure that all objectives of the laboratory are met.  Oversees the overall laboratory operations under the guidance of the General Manager.




Daily Production and Technical Responsibilities  

  • The Laboratory Operations Manager is responsible for making sure that on-time commitments, quality requirements, safety requirements, and all reporting requirements are met by the laboratory.  The Laboratory Operations Manager will be the focal point for the laboratory to ensure that ALL daily commitments are met and to coordinate, or facilitate, communication across the laboratory.  The Laboratory Operations Manager will also be the focal point for making the daily, dynamic project commitments, or setting up a system with the Quality Assurance Officer, other managers and leads, which allows for commitments to easily be made.  Method compliance and adherence to quality and safety practices is the ultimate responsibility of the Laboratory Operations Manager.
  • The Laboratory Operations Manager will work with the Quality Assurance Officer, other managers and leads in the lab to ensure that this facility is properly identifying production standards and implementing positive changes which will allow the lab to be the 'best of the best.'  This is a continuous activity that should be coordinated by the Laboratory Operations Manager, in terms of identifying and prioritizing areas of leadership and of improvement.
  • Proper utilization of instrumentation and systems is essential to ensuring that ongoing daily commitments are met.  Laboratory Operations Manager is responsible for proper utilization and 'up-time,' and tracking of assets.           
Financial Responsibilities                  

  • Responsible for meeting monthly production and expense targets across the entire laboratory.  Allocation of dollars should occur by the Laboratory Operations Manager, with identification and articulation of needs coming from individuals throughout the facility.  Capital budget preparation and prioritization is done by the Laboratory Operations Manager, with input from the various areas of the laboratory.  Responsible for revenues, justification of capital expenditures, and expense targets. 
Laboratory-wide Activities                      

  • Production-oriented tasks and projects are coordinated by the Laboratory Operations Manager.  Work should be done with the Quality Assurance Officer, with other managers, and analysts throughout the laboratory to ensure that tasks or activities which require lab-wide coordination are identified and addressed in a timely manner. This is to include items that would support daily production.  Identification and prioritization of development of lab-oriented information systems is required to ensure that proper tools are put in place to assist the laboratory.
Supervisory Responsibilities:


Personnel Management

  • The Laboratory Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring that human resources are applied across the laboratory in a way that allows the laboratory to meet its client commitments, its quality objectives, and its financial obligations.  As a focal point in the laboratory, the Laboratory Operations Manager will be responsible for making daily resource allocation decisions that allow the resources to move with the workload.  The flexible staffing model will be created by the Laboratory Operations Manager and managed in conjunction with other managers and lead analysts in the facility.
  • Training needs will be funneled to the Laboratory Operations Manager by other managers in the laboratory, or by the analysts.  Training should be coordinated with the Quality Assurance Officer to ensure that proper training is available to staff, and that training takes place in order to allow employees to grow and to become productive in appropriate areas of the laboratory.  Day to day training efforts should be assigned to those within the laboratory who are best able to accomplish the training in a consistent manner.
  • The Laboratory Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring that proper guidance and performance feedback is given to every individual in the laboratory.  The communication channels should be created to allow for consistent, two-way communication amongst all members of the laboratory staff.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) in chemistry or science related from four-year college or university.
  • Seven or more years related experience including three plus years of management experience.  
  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate in positive and professional manner.
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Laboratory Operations Manager

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