The Supervisor I provides technical and operational support to a specific laboratory area while participating in daily sample production. Responsibilities include but are not limited to scheduling and prioritizing work tasks, training, problem solving, implementing new procedures and methods, analyzing samples, reviewing and validating data and completing reports.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Coordinates work projects with project managers to appropriately prioritize laboratory workload to meet client requirements.
2. Manages in-house projects for an assigned department to ensure on-time delivery (OTD) and turnaround times (TAT) requirements are met.
3. Release samples to laboratory personnel and communicates due dates and update turnaround times (TAT's).
4. Supervises Analysts to maximize productivity and ensure appropriate testing procedures in compliance with quality assurance (QA) and standard operating procedure (SOP) requirements.
5. Communicates department issues and provides status reports to next level of Lab Management and Project Managers.
6. Assist Department Manager to evaluate individual performance in yearly performance review as well as providing feedback on an on-going basis to lab personnel.
7. Responsible to ensure proper training all new analysts and develops staff on skills, equipment and procedures.
1. Preparing department reports as assigned by laboratory management.
2. Tracking department productivity.
3. May perform department safety inspections to maintain EH&S requirements.
4. May have input into hiring and firing decisions
5. May stock and order supplies as needed.
6. May dispose of samples according to EH&S requirements.
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7. May clean work area(s) to maintain a safe working environment.
8. Assists other laboratory departments as needed.
9. May prepares and analyzes samples for analysis based on method requirements.
10. May reviews data produced in assigned department and authorizes its release.
11. May operates and maintains sophisticated analysis instrumentation requiring advanced and specialized knowledge.
12. Creates and updates department standard operating procedures (SOP's).
Oversees the responsibilities of Analysts, Technicians, second shift supervisor (if applicable), temporary employees
Department Managers for project prioritization
Project Managers for project specifications
Quality Assurance Mangers for compliance issues
EH&S Coordinator for proper sample disposal
Analysts and Technicians to delegate assignments
Sample Control personnel to retrieve samples
Other department leaders to assist as needed
Vendors and suppliers
Manufacturer technical support
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
BS/BA in Chemistry or related field
Minimum 3 years' experience in a laboratory setting.
Analytical and/or General Science
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Quality Assurance Plan
Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures
Laboratory safety rules and chemical hazards
Maintenance of laboratory instruments
Advanced knowledge of laboratory procedures
Knowledge of effective supervisory and management skills
Government contracting regulations
Good communication skills
Strong organizational and time management skills
Problem solving skills
Supervisory and management skills
Ability to prioritize
Complete work within time and quality constraints
To confront and successfully resolve both day-to-day and non-routine, complex problems
Plan, set, and attain goals
Effectively lead employees
Effectively train employees
Material and Equipment Used
Laboratory testing instruments and meters
Standard office equipment
Manuals and SOP's
Supervisors Policy Manual
Personal protective equipment
Lifting and Carrying:
Lifting up to 50 pounds and carrying up to 30 pounds when moving samples and disposing of waste
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Pushing and Pulling:
Pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds when moving sample carts and gas tanks
Sitting (50% of time) when working at computer, doing paperwork, or analyzing samples, standing (25% of time) when analyzing samples, walking (25% of time) when moving about laboratory. These percentages vary significantly based on duties being performed. Must be able to sit, stand, or stoop for long periods of time.
Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching when getting supplies, samples, and performing analyses
Handling samples, operating instruments, data entry, computer keyboard
Conversational hearing ability
Performing analyses, viewing computer screen, doing paperwork, reading reports
Conversational speaking ability
Typical laboratory environment with occasional time in office areas requiring long periods of time standing or sitting dependent upon duties being performed.
Varying degree of exposure to fumes, odors, dusts, and gases dependent upon samples being analyzed. Constant background noise from hoods, fans, and laboratory instruments. Potential exposure to toxic, caustic, or carcinogenic samples in laboratory area.
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.