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Laboratory Operations Manager - Fairfield, NJ

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Company Name:Nelson Labs
Location:Fairfield, NJ
Employment Type:Full Time
Pay:DOE - Salary
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At Nelson Laboratories, a Sotera Health Company, our employees are part of an industry-leading, global provider of laboratory testing and consulting services; dedicated to the mission of helping the best companies in the world improve the quality of life by providing the highest standard in laboratory testing.

Our employees receive competitive pay, growth and learning opportunities, insurance benefits, tuition reimbursement, paid holidays and PTO, and the opportunity to attend many company-sponsored employee and family events.

Nelson Labs offers comprehensive training programs, mentorship, innovative lab practices, and a culture of employee collaboration.


The Lab Operations Manager is primarily focused on the acquisition, training, development, and retention of employees. They also work with Human Resources and leaders to identify employee issues and lead conversations for improvement. They support the Senior Lab Operations Manager as they provide business & strategic oversight of a department and day-to-day operations, including resource & staffing needs. Additionally, the Lab Operations Manager is accountable for regulatory compliance, policy & procedural compliance, and oversight of technical issues relating to tests conducted in the section.

Education and Other Skills

Bachelor degree in Life Sciences

Experience as a Laboratory Leader in Operations and Study Procedure

Strong mentorship and training capability

Leadership of scientific staff in a production laboratory setting

Essential Job Duties

Talent Management

  • Acquire, train, develop, and retain employees.
  • Regularly meet one on one with direct reports.
  • Work with Human Resources and leaders to identify employee issues and lead conversations for improvement.
  • Manage direct reports as they work to carry out the profitable volume growth, quality, service delivery, employee engagement and other department objectives.
  • Ensure that personnel receive adequate communication and direction to perform their job functions by setting clear performance standards and expectations.
  • Work with the HR team to develop succession plans for SME and key roles to maintain business continuity.
  • Partner with the HR team to develop retention plans.

Department Level Operations & Strategic Oversight

  • Support the Senior Lab Operations Manager as they work to improve and maintain quality of services by trending quality issues and by developing and implementing action plans with the Quality Assurance Department and employees.
  • Work with the Senior Lab Operations Manager as they help execute the Nelson Labs' business unit strategy and ensure alignment with our One Company values, mission, and goals. This includes:
    • Customer focus to enhance customers' service experience, including turnaround times.
      • Ensure the NL service standard is known and practiced.
      • Emphasis to leverage systems and drive overall competitiveness.
      • Intervene to address escalated client issues.
    • Preserve the company focus on data and personal integrity.
    • Ensure regulatory compliance is maintained.
    • Guide implementation of all company safety initiatives.
  • Operational Excellence working with Sr. Lab Operations Managers
    • Understand and manage business unit P&L, budget and financial metrics.
    • Plan for business resources, personnel, CapEx using financial models and ROI.
    • Maintain and monitor production metrics in accordance with NL performance goals.
    • Scheduling - optimize testing workflow across departments and ensure resources and personnel are adequate to accomplish the work in process and to meet business needs with client expectations for delivery and service.
    • Work on continuous improvement to increase efficiencies and reduce waste.
    • Manage and control expenditures within agreed upon budgets.
    • Manage utilization and key production metrics with visibility to staff
    • Execute the section training program to ensure resource availability and business continuity
    • Manage and forecast supply chain to minimize or eliminate testing interruptions.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Know and follow applicable regulatory requirements (GMP, GLP, ISO, etc.).
  • Know and follow company policies and procedures.
  • Complete required training on time.


  • Attend work regularly and reliably.
  • Adhere to all policies and procedures.

Perform other duties as assigned


  • Strong people management capability
  • Desire to develop others
  • Ability to manage priorities and organize time
  • Good communication skills - written and verbal
  • Ability to manage conflict and have difficult conversations
  • Problem solving - employee issues, laboratory processes, customer challenges
  • Must be able to work cross functionally and break down silos to ensure we deliver an excellent customer experience.
  • Be a change advocate
  • Persuasion and negotiation skills with staff
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, especially with Excel and Outlook

Physical Requirements

This job operates in a professional office and lab environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, keyboards, computer mouse, phones, photocopiers, projectors and file cabinets. This role occasionally enters into the lab to perform work.

Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to perform the essential job functions. Must be able to move/traverse 10% of the day and remain in a stationary sitting/standing position at a desk while using a computer, keyboard, computer mouse and phone 90% of the day. This position does not require heavy lifting greater than 50lbs.

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