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Job Title:  Sterile Processing Technician Lead

Req ID:  24982
Job Category:  Clinical Support, Operations & Education

Chicago, IL, US, 60612


At STERIS, we help our Customers create a healthier and safer world by providing innovative healthcare and life science product and service solutions around the globe.

Position Summary

To provide on-site support, training, and communication regarding the reprocessing of surgical instruments and trays to contracted and ORC facilities in compliance with the Department of Health, TJC, OSHA, CDC, AAMI and AORN standards and the facilities’ goals and policies. Provides clinical operations support to customer facility pertaining to contracted management service and assists Sterile Processing Supervisor with daily operations in the Sterile Processing Department.

Uses developed skills and practical knowledge to perform scheduled and unscheduled tasks independently.  Provides direction to SPD Technicians I, II and III on workflow to maintain efficient daily operations.


  • Supports daily operations and works proficiently in all activities that relate to the reprocessing of reusable medical supplies and instrumentation including decontamination, cleaning, assembly, wrapping, sterilization, and storage processes aligned within IPS professional standards and regulations.
  • Assists Sterile Processing Supervisor with ensuring proper operational procedures are followed and completes required documentation/reporting.
  • Assists and collaborates with Sterile Processing Supervisor on new employee orientation, on-the-job training, in-service education and STERIS or facility quality assurance programs.
  • Responsible for directing and communicating department workflow and Technician work assignments.
  • Reports and troubleshoots broken or missing instrumentation and equipment and communicates low par levels of SPD consumable supplies.
  • Identifies and leads process improvement initiatives.
  • Responsible for management of pegboard inventory.
  • Answers and responds to calls from the operating room and other end-users during assigned shift.
  • Ensures navigator assignments are completed or assigned.
  • Coordinates and prioritizes surgical needs to ensure timely delivery of sterilized instruments to customers or appropriate storage location.
  • Escalates facility/department issues or concerns to ensure proper resolution.
  • Supports development and training of Sterile Processing Technicians.
  • Supports and adheres to STERIS, facility and regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Refers all decisions beyond personal scope of responsibilities to their Manager and or STERIS leadership if necessary.

Education Degree

  • High School Diploma or GED

Required Experience

  • A high school diploma or equivalent required. Completion of a Sterile Processing/Surgical Technologist program preferred.
  • 3+ years of SPD experience with demonstrated proficiency in all SPD Technician responsibilities, including a solid proficiency and ability to work independently with all tray sets.
  • CRCST or CSPDT certification AND CIS certification or CSIS certification required. Where applicable, CER or CFER certification may be required instead of CIS or CSIS certification. Both certifications must be maintained annually.
  • Able to perform all job requirements of a Technician I, II and III.
  • Satisfactory performance, validation of skill level and ability to lead others in daily tasks and work flow required. Productivity, quality and attendance must meet company standards.



  1. Awareness of LEAN concepts and ability to translate this in the work environment preferred.
  2. Communicates in a professional and effective manner to all hospital staff, Customers and company employees via all forms of communication.
  3. Basic computer skills and aptitude.
  4. Detailed understanding of instruments and department equipment including special/complex set components.
  5. Proven ability to act as a resource for staff in both SPD and operating room regarding identification and assembly of specialty instrument trays.
  6. Acts with integrity and maintains professionalism.
  7. Ability to complete complex tasks based on applied knowledge under minimal supervision.
  8. Ability to anticipate customer needs and demonstrate customer service.
  9. Ability to interpret data and metrics.
  10. Ability to work daily in a fast-paced, high pressure Healthcare Service environment.
  11. Ability to understand and follow standard work/procedures.
  12. Understands complex technical jargon within department.
  13. Must be a team player and demonstrate flexibility to work in all areas of the department to meet production demands.
  14. Acts as a resource for Technician I, II and III.


STERIS is a leading provider of products and services that meet the needs of growth areas within Healthcare: procedures, devices, vaccines and biologics.  We exist to fulfill our MISSION TO HELP OUR CUSTOMERS CREATE A HEALTHIER AND SAFER WORLD. STERIS is a $3B, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) company with approximately 16,000 associates and Customers in more than 100 countries.

If you need assistance completing the application process, please call 1 (440) 392.7047. This contact information is for accommodation inquiries only and cannot be used to check application status.

STERIS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity and the use of affirmative action programs to ensure that persons are recruited, hired, trained, transferred and promoted in all job groups regardless of race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal, state or local law.  We are not only committed to this policy by our status as a federal government contractor, but also we are strongly bound by the principle of equal employment opportunity.

The full affirmative action program, absent the data metrics required by § 60-741.44(k), shall be available to all employees and applicants for employment for inspection upon request. The program may be obtained at your location’s HR Office during normal business hours.

Req ID:  24982
Job Category:  Clinical Support, Operations & Education

Chicago, IL, US, 60612

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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