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Director Laboratory (80% Microbiology / 20% Chemistry) (# 6373)

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Job Title: Director Laboratory (80% Microbiology / 20% Chemistry)

Location: Aurora, IL(On-site)

Duration: Full-time


Job Description:

Provides leadership to our testing laboratory and manages the overall activities of the laboratory staff and ensures the reliability, timeliness, and accuracy of testing results.


•             Implement strategic business initiatives with the objective of consistently producing accurate test results, maintaining clients, and ensuring continuous improvement in all areas.

•             Interact with clients/projects requiring multiple resources and effectively facilitate inter-company and interdepartmental initiatives and interactions to best meet the needs of the client/project.

•             Provide operational, technical, and administrative support to all departments through management, planning, and allocation of resources.

•             Effectively manage the staffs performance; 1:1 meetings, evaluations, and training.

•             Coach and mentor personnel and facilitate their personal and professional growth.

•             Support the consistent production of accurate results. Ensure on-time delivery (OTD) of all projects. Ensure testing turnaround times (TAT) are met.

•             Ensure all results consistently stand up to internal and external audit standards and criteria.

•             Maintain current practices and processes to continuously increase accuracy, productivity, and efficiency.

•             Ensure appropriate equipment and technical resources are provided and maintained.

•             Ensure all departments are performing to expectations.

•             Ensure the proper execution of the QA/QC programs, ISO 17025 requirements, and all other accreditations regarding all operations and documentation requirements.

•             Collaborate with colleagues to maintain and improve Certified Laboratories Management systems.

•             Work effectively with the VP of Operations to meet business and position expectations.

•             Other duties as required.


•             Supervision and oversight of 40 - 60 incumbents dependent on Lab volume


•             BS degree in Chemistry, Microbiology, or Food Science, Master’s degree is preferred.

•             Ten years of technical lab experience and seven-plus years of managerial experience.

•             Business acumen and experience managing a P&L of at least $10MM.

•             Broad experience in food testing.

•             Knowledge of food microbiology testing methodologies- MLG, BAM, AOAC, USP, ISO, and CMMEF.

•             Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 17025 and the AOAC Food Guidelines.

•             Knowledge of proximate and analytical chemistry methods and instrumentation.

•             Effective interpersonal skills with strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing.

•             Strong quantitative skills, proven attention to detail and effective organizational skills.

•             Proven ability to develop, adapt, and validate testing methods.

•             Proven expertise in relevant technologies.

•             Proven problem-solving, troubleshooting, and critical thinking skills.

•             Excellent computer skills required – Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint; knowledge of Labware LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) desirable.

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