SGS North America
Laboratory Manager
At a glance
Location: US-TX-Houston Map
Posted: 07/28/2021
Closing: 08/27/2021
Degree: 4 Year Degree
Type: Full-Time
Experience: Not Specified
SGS North America
Job description

Company Description  

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 94,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

Job Description  

The Laboratory Manager is responsible for the day to day operations of the laboratory.  This position is a subject matter expert and works with Departmental Supervisors to manage sample throughput to ensure turnaround times are met while maintaining data quality that meets or exceeds industry standards. The Laboratory Manager is responsible for promoting a safe working culture and environment throughout the laboratory.  This position reports into the General Manager, Gulf Coast.

The Laboratory Manager:

  • Profitably manages the day-to-day operation of the laboratory in line with budget targets and Group objectives focusing on analysis quality and sample throughput
  • Ensures effective laboratory operations, including housekeeping, human resources, safety, quality assurance, security, and environmental practices.
  • Is a subject matter expert in the area of organic/inorganic analytical environmental chemistry
  • Works with client services to resolve technical and service issues
  • Works with service group supervisors to manage staff and instrumentation resources to maximize sample throughput and ensures that turnaround times are met
  • Implements best practices in the laboratory to maximize operational efficiency and maintains data quality that meets or exceeds industry standards
  • Demonstrates good leadership through effective planning, delegating and empowering subordinates appropriately, and leading by example. Manages people and performance daily, acting quickly and decisively when required.
  • Ensures staffing levels are appropriate for sample volumes and that staff are properly trained to perform their assigned duties
  • Oversees hiring and training competent laboratory personnel
  • Is responsible for buying appropriate services and equipment that are best suited to meet the needs of the laboratory
  • Ensures the lab’s consumables inventory is appropriate for current work loads
  • Monitors the quality of data and ensures that the lab’s QA objectives are met on time
  • Performs regular in-department visits throughout the laboratory
  • Works in conjunction with the functional support groups to ensure a proactive and planned approach to budgets, human resource planning and the use of analytical instrumentation and information technology
  • Maintains a sound understanding of EHS management techniques and the commitment to deliver EHS performance that meets the expectations of SGS
  • Maintains a strong knowledge of and commitment to Group and Divisional EHS Targets and Objectives by setting, monitoring and formally reporting local Targets and Objectives
  • Balances production and cost control demands with EHS needs while not allowing one to become subordinate to the other
  • Ensures risk assessments are completed for all routine and non routine activities
  • Ensures Safe Working Methods are in place and applied in all operations and as identified by contract
  • Identifies client and project EHS requirements and ensures these are built into the work while supporting the Group HSE Management System
  • Ensures that suppliers / contractors are apprised of relevant HSE requirements and that any adverse EHS impacts of their activities or products are managed and minimized
  • Identifies and provides relevant EHS training for their personnel
  • Actively promotes good housekeeping and safe use of equipment
  • Participates in incident investigations involving their department personnel
  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Bachelors degree in a science field or a minimum 5 years of progressive laboratory management experience is required
  • Bachelors degree in chemistry and a minimum of 7 years of progressive laboratory management experience, strongly preferred
  • Subject matter expert in inorganic/organic environmental chemistry
  • Some knowledge and understanding of financial statements and operating budgets required
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills are a requirement of this position.  Must have a solid understanding of process and workflow.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, Outlook)
  • Previous experience with LIMS is required
  • Actively promotes a strong culture of safe laboratory practices and the maintenance of a safe working environment
  • Is a dependable and reliable individual; whose daily presence adds to the success of the organization
  • Follows instructions independently, with little or no supervision.
  • Designs optimal solutions for problems and works with others in solving large complex problems. 
  • Exhibits excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to effectively present information and responds to questions from individuals and/or groups both within the organization or while representing the organization. 
  • Has excellent time management skills which includes the ability to balance multiple projects concurrently (with different deadlines) and arranges the resources necessary to accomplish them. 
  • Is knowledgeable about a wide range of environmental testing protocols, regulations and certifications

Additional Information  

SGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such we recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristics protected by law.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts the company’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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Laboratory Manager