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Technical Supervisor

Company: Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories
Location: Huntsville
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description

The Clinical Laboratory Technical Supervisor is responsible for specimen labeling, processing, test performance and storage, lab maintenance, supply stocking, logging temperature and lot numbers, aliquoting reagents, and following standard lab procedures, safety guidelines, and HIPAA polices. The position is also responsible for processing samples with molecular technologies other than TEM-PCR, such as qPCR. On days assigned as lead, also responsible for reviewing patient testing data and QC results, reporting test results, overall direction of patient testing, and communication of testing to Client Services, clients, sales, and the next lead. Responsible for training and competency assessment of testing personnel. Responsible for supervision of the clinical laboratory operation and the personnel performing testing and reporting of test results. Responsible for the clinical lab training and competency program, maintenance of laboratory inventory, and assuring test performance remains within lab specifications.

Must be accessible to testing personnel at all times testing is performed when assigned as Technical Supervisor to provide on-site, telephone or electronic consultation to resolve technical problems in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Laboratory Director.

Technical Duties

  • Follow standard operating procedure for specimen handling and processing, test analyses, and maintain accurate documentation for specimen traceability.
  • Adhere to established policies and procedures whenever test systems are not within acceptable performance levels.
  • Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from established performance specifications.
  • After initial training, perform assigned TEM-PCR lab duties accurately and efficiently, including properly handling equipment.
  • Stock laboratory with supplies in addition to clean and decontaminate laboratory instruments and testing areas.
  • Setup and perform testing of samples for troubleshooting, clinical, and stability studies.
  • Setup and assist with validation and verification studies of laboratory tests.
  • Properly document records of studies performed, assuring traceability.
  • After initial training, perform assigned qPCR lab duties accurately and efficiently including properly handling qPCR equipment.

    QC Duties
    • Adhere to all processes put into place by the Quality Assurance and Safety Officer.
    • Consult with the QC Supervisor and/or the Quality Assurance and Safety Officer about all quality concerns in a timely fashion.
    • Ensure reagents are QC tested before use with patient testing or concurrently with their first use.

      Lead Duties
      • Handle problems, troubleshooting, and judgment calls when situations arrive that are not addressed in any procedure, which includes consulting with a Technical Supervisor or the Laboratory Director when needed.
      • Review communication channels frequently to ensure all timely needs are handled and all updates are communicated properly.
      • Document processing errors, non-conformances, or deviations from standard procedure that may occur.
      • Coordinate any delayed testing and delay notifications according to policy.
      • Assure all repeat specimens and client error resolutions are in testing, and that no specimen is delayed testing due to an oversight.
      • Verify client errors and log them in the Laboratory Information System.
      • Direct the overall flow of testing, emphasizing efficiency, and TATs.
      • Enter, review, verify, and release patient results in the Laboratory Information System.
      • Assure that all testing is complete, all issues are resolved, and any late testing is covered if the need arises before leaving for the day.
      • Ensure testing records are completed and filed appropriately.

        Management Duties
        • Review of nonconformances or errors and ensure issues are correction or additional training is provided. Ensure documentation of follow-up is completed in a timely fashion.
        • Perform technical performance evaluations in conjunction with the Administrative Operations Manager.
        • Maintain and update all technical laboratory policies to meet current practices and CAP Standards. Consult the Quality Assurance and Safety Officer as needed.
        • Perform, document and ensure that training and competency assessments for lab employees are current.
        • Ensure staff are meeting performance standards and code of conduct.
        • Provide day-to-day supervision of high complexity test performances by testing personnel.
        • Responsible for the technical oversight of the laboratory.
        • Monitor test analyses and specimen examinations to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained.
        • Prepare schedules for work assignments, training and competency assessments.
        • Review quality and control monitors and initiate action/correction as directed by Quality Assurance.
        • Laboratory Information System management.
        • Serve as a leader in the department, ensuring staff are communicated to effectively and demonstrating the needs of the business.
        • Maintain current and clear communication on all processes to the lead personnel and staff to ensure all processes are followed per policy.

          All Areas
          • Perform all work duties as assigned by shift on weekly work schedules, using any downtime for lab maintenance or other assigned duties.
          • Adhere to the laboratory's quality control policies and document all quality control activities.
          • Be capable of identifying problems that may adversely affect test performance or reporting of test results and correct the problem or immediately notify the day's lead technologist or Technical Supervisor.
          • Participate in the laboratory's quality assurance plan.
          • Participate in job specific training and annual competency assessment reviews.
          • Keep workstations clean according to the cleaning policy.
          • Wear personal protective equipment as required.
          • Observe all safety guidelines and report any unsafe conditions to a lab supervisor or manager.
          • Perform any additional duties as directed by Clinical Lab management.
          • Additional Job Considerations
          • A day's schedule can be effected by specimen delivery delays, possibly resulting in later arrival times or later finish times. Flexibility with scheduling, within reason, is required. The lead technologist is expected to stay at work and assure completion of the work day on days assigned as lead, regardless of delays.
          • Weekend and holiday work may be needed.
          • Work during adverse weather conditions, as much as safety will allow, is required.
          • Lab work requires a majority of time standing or walking and dexterity with hand-eye coordination.
          • Basic computer skills and advanced Excel skills are required.

            Qualifications

            Education/Experience:
            • Minimum of Bachelors of Science in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, or a Life Science such as Biology or Chemistry
            • Laboratory certification preferred
            • Qualify as Testing Personnel as defined by CLIA rule
            • 493.1489
            • Qualify as a Technical Supervisor as defined by CLIA rule
            • 493.1449
            • A minimum of 4 years' experience in a High Complexity Clinical Laboratory

              Ability And/or Skills
              • Must possess proficiency with basic computer programs.
              • Must be able to multitask and keep up in a fast-paced environment.
              • Must work well on your own with minimal supervision.
              • Must demonstrate key problem solving skills: active listening, analysis, research, creativity, communication, dependability, decision making, and team building.

                Additional Information

                What We Offer
                • Excellent full time benefits including comprehensive medical coverage, dental, and vision options
                • Life and disability insurance
                • 401(k) with company match
                • Paid vacation and holidays

                  Position is full-time, Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm. Candidates currently living within a commutable distance of Huntsville, AL are encouraged to apply.

                  Eurofins is a M/F, Disabled, and Veteran Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

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