Under the general direction of the Quality Manager, the Lab Supervisor is responsible for managing different testing areas of the Quality Control Laboratory. This position directs the activities of the technicians, plans and executes technical programs, and initiates new projects. To perform the job successfully an individual must demonstrate the capability to conduct independent studies, and to provide leadership and technical direction to technical personnel in the quality control area.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities
The Lab Supervisor will identify and implement process improvements which result in higher throughput, improved efficiencies, recognizable cost savings and more consistent product quality. The job involves the design, construction, and start-up of capital projects to support these improvements where necessary. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the fundamental functions and responsibilities of the job as defined below:
Exhibit creativity in selection and modification of methods, coupled with a thorough and basic understanding of science and a broad knowledge of other disciplines to improve processes.
Interprets information from various sources and recommends courses of action designed to address problem areas.
Monitors, tracks, and interprets trends in quality data and provides recommendations to plant team for continuous process and product quality improvement.
Manages laboratory practices, processes and quality / food safety management systems in accordance with current ISO 9001 and applicable GFSI standard requirements and customer expectations.
Monitors controllable expenses such as overtime, laboratory supply expenditures, and looks for opportunities for cost reduction in these areas.
Manages laboratory testing schedules. Provides leadership and technical direction to laboratory personnel.
Directs and conducts the execution of a prescribed program for the periodic calibration and standardization of instruments and solutions. Reviews test methods and procedures on a periodic basis.
Participates as requested in special assignments such as new method and technique development, cost studies, and providing expertise to other teams of the plant in trouble shooting quality problems. May assign specific portions of problems to various staff members
Responsible for Safety and Environmental compliance and assures the Quality Management system requirements, including GMP’s, are established and maintained.
Must stay abreast of technological advancements in an effort to improve testing efficiency and trouble shooting skills.
Specialized/Technical Knowledge or Required Skills
The minimum requirements for this position are as follows:
Associate Degree required
Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, or Microbiology strongly preferred.
Five + years lab experience required
Laboratory supervisory experience strongly preferred.
Some knowledge in GLP’s, (pharmaceutical & food), SAP, LIMS or similar software systems and quality systems as well as good computer skills.
Working knowledge of safety and environmental issues.
Previous experience leading teams is a plus.