The function of this position is to supervise laboratory operations performing testing of food products and environmental samples. This position is responsible for application and evaluation of approved techniques and methodologies used in analysis of food products. The Laboratory Supervisor will have frequent contact with the client base as well as review, reporting and interpretation of laboratory results in collaboration with the management team. The Laboratory Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing of daily workload and staffing placement in the Laboratory area while working closely with the Laboratory Manager and Assistant Laboratory Manager.
Supervise laboratory operations to maintain quality and efficiency as they apply to the laboratory area
Accurately perform and interpret test results, notifying the Laboratory Manager of deviations
Supervise training of new and current laboratory personnel in laboratory procedures and protocols as authorized
Provided feedback for and participate in laboratory personnel reviews
Report concerns of equipment failures and non-compliance of supplies and reagents
Supervise quality control procedures and documentation to support compliance with ISO 17025 guidelines
Participate as an interface for the laboratory client base related to communication of results generated in the pathogen laboratory
Assist in the communication of all log entries
Assist in inventory maintenance
Perform internal audits of processes as directed
Maintain a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry issues and trends
Supervise non-routine projects as assigned
Independently pursue working knowledge of processes, procedures, or techniques in accordance with the Food Safety Net Services Methods Manual, Quality Manual, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Safety Manual, and approved laboratory procedures
Travel is required and at the discretion of management
Perform other duties as assigned
SPECIFIC DUTIES and AUTHORIZATIONS
Supervise all activities, including quality control records, forms, files, pathogen log, etc.
Communicate directly with clients on laboratory results
Ensure that the appropriate number of technicians are allocated are in the respective areas of the Laboratory; this will include shifting people when necessary
Submit staffing schedules to the Assistant Laboratory Manager and Laboratory Manager
Oversee the scheduling of lunch breaks to ensure there is no down time in the laboratory
Oversee status of all results and reporting for clients as needed (including notification of out of specification results)
Work closely with the Technical Supervisor in the constant maintenance of proper methodology in all areas of laboratory testing
Directly involved in the training of laboratory personnel and maintenance of training records
Alert Assistant Laboratory Manager of need for repair services for malfunctioning equipment
Ensure that all required lab control samples are prepared as required by procedures by assigning staff as necessary
Maintain visibility in all areas in order to be available to intervene where efficiency may be lacking
Directly address client needs as required and in collaboration with the Assistant Laboratory Manager and Laboratory Manager as required
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES Directly supervises employees. Carries out all responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, standard operating procedures and best practices. Ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations at all times. Responsibilities includes training and mentoring employees; evaluate performance of assigned personnel, monitor performance action plans for employees, may interview applicants, improve operational efficiencies by focusing on customer service and maximizing production and profit; will direct work flow; maintain harmony in the workplace and professional business demeanor at all times.
BS degree in Microbiology, Biology, Food Science, Food Safety or related field
Masters degree preferred
Two years of analytical laboratory experience
Working knowledge of aseptic sampling technique, automated lab equipment, and acceptable methods and procedures
Familiarity with GMP , OSHA guidelines, FDA, BAM, APHA, and Compendium methods and procedure
Broad knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of a food testing laboratory
Or equivalent combination of education and experience
About Food Safety Net Services
Food Safety Net Services offers exciting opportunities for individuals interested in the food science industry. We welcome individuals who are looking for a dynamic organization that prides itself in its unequivocal excellence in service to its customers and employees.
We are committed to creating long-term value for our people, supporting their success and satisfaction as our internal customers and team members
We value diversity in our laboratories and are unquestionably devoted to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Food Safety Net Services offers an attractive compensation and benefit package.