Technical Manager

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/30/17
Less than 5 years experience
Business Services
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 10/30/17

Recognized as a Center of Excellence for Nutrition, Eurofins Nutrition Analysis Center specializes in analyzing feed, commodities, pet food and dietary supplements for lipids, proximates and minerals for nutrition.  This laboratory is also one of only 13 Official Referee laboratories for soybean meal and oil certified by the AOCS and NOPA. It is an USDA inspected laboratory.

Eurofins Nutrition Analysis Center is searching for a Technical Manager in Des Moines, IA.

Technical Manager responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

·Lead team, schedule, and train employees

·Ensure adherence to highest quality and efficiency standards in laboratory operations

·Ensure coverage and performance

·Foster morale and teamwork

·Supervise general department operations, interface with other department heads; provide guidance on procedures and/or problems, analysis methods, techniques, equipment, and schedules.

·Adhere to appropriate quality measures, which meet or exceed the standards set by ISO/IEC 17025, government regulatory, and company requirements; understand and follow Quality System documents relevant to responsibilities, e.g., Quality Manual, SOPs, and Analysis Methods.

·Adhere to, and ensure that staff adheres to, pertinent health, safety, and environmental regulations relative to deparment; maintain and assist others in maintaining a clean, safe work environment.

·Assist in formulating and implementing the short and long-range goals for departmental operation; set priorities, assign responsibilities, and establish timetables; project future needs and formulate strategies consistent with projections for adequate personnel, equipment, analysis methods, and facilities to ensure efficient and effective operations.

·Instruct, monitor, troubleshoot and assist in the performance of manual and instrumental analysis.  Operate equipment and perform minor instrument repairs; coordinate major instrument repairs with repairperson.  Establish and implement procedures to ensure that assigned equipment is properly cleaned, calibrated/standardized, adequate for the testing performed and is maintained in good working order.  This includes maintaining equipment operating instructions, manuals, and required logbooks.

·Modify, develop, validate, write, and edit analysis methods relative to assigned department’  maintain fully approved, scientifically sound protocols and written standard methodologies to be used in area of responsibility.

·Review and evaluate test data generated within assigned area of responsibility for technical accuracy as well as SOP and cGMP compliance.  Perform and provide basic evaluation of statistical tests to determine the quality accuracy of data and report values.

·As needed, perform analysis and record test data and results for samples in logbook, record book or BookMaster and enter the data or results into eLIMS either manually or through automatic export, in a timely and accurate manner.

·Write and review protocols and reports.

·Communicate and discuss methods, results and questions with client service personnel and clients; ensure that clients receive good service, accurate results, and fast turnaround time consistent with superior analytical testing.

·Critically evaluate services offered by area of responsibility; recommend, develop and implement new services, more accurate, efficient and appropriate test procedures, more accurate, efficient or cost effective equipment and more efficient layout of facilities.

·Help monitor turnaround times to support accurate quotations to clients and to keep Laboratory Manager informed of deviations from expected normal to include situations where client expectations were not met.

·Communicate clearly and concisely to clients, management, and staff both orally and in writing.  Delegate responsibilities to employees in a manner that ensures they understand their tasks and roles.

·Ensure that area of responsibility maintains good standing in appropriate proficiency testing (check sample) programs such as AACC, Smalley, NFPA, and AAFCO.  Respond quickly to questions concerning data quality.

·Maintain necessary document control including worksheets, logs, and listing of currently used methods with accepted modifications clearly specified, and records of method validation studies.

·Administer and direct the training of all assigned technical staff on methods, SOPs, regulatory requirements, and local laboratory policies/procedures applicable to area of responsibility.  Meet regularly with personnel to ensure that proper information flows in both directions and that personnel adhere to these requirements on an ongoing basis.

·Perform the functions of hiring, training, promotions, and disciplinary issues for department personnel; handle employee relation issues as per company guidelines and with the support of Human Resources.

·Perform performance reviews for direct reporting personnel.

·Evaluate and approve or reject prospective and in-progress non-conformances (as exceptions) to standards (policies, procedures, specifications, etc.); investigate to determine the cause of retrospective non-conformances, determine and implement corrective action; and follow-up to ensure that the corrective action resolved the problem.

·Participate on external technical committees and attend professional meetings; make technical presentations in conjunction with sales visits and public forums.

·Remain current on technical, industry, and business advancements and trends as suggested by the Laboratory Manager.

·Perform other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate would possess:

·Strong leadership, initiative, and teambuilding skills

·Strong computer, scientific, and organizational skills

·3-5 years of supervisory experience

·Excellent communication (oral and written) and attention to detail

·Ability to work independently and as part of a team, self-motivation, adaptability, and a positive attitude

·Ability to learn new techniques, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies

Basic Minimum Qualifications:

·Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, or other related degree concentration (chemistry major is preferred)

·Authorization to work in the United States indefinitely without restriction or sponsorship


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