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Title:  Supervisor, Laboratory

Req ID:  14937
Category:  Research & Development/Scientific
City:  Libertyville
State:  IL
Postal Code:  60048

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

Manages laboratory operations including Customer communications, sample receiving, scheduling, testing, analysis, review and approval of data and final reports, trending of timeliness and accuracy of processing to ensure Customer satisfaction, and optimal revenue generation. Manages personnel, presents informational seminars and training to internal and external audiences and represents the Laboratory in Customer and Regulatory audits and tours.


  • Manages and develops laboratory processes for optimization and system design to ensure quality control and efficient sample processing.
  • Manages Supervisors to plan and schedule laboratory testing to ensure optimal turnaround time and Customer satisfaction.
  • Manages Supervisors to plan and monitor laboratory activities to ensure patient and employee safety and to ensure compliance to regulatory requirements.
  • Provides scientific expertise in directing and managing the technical operation of the department including analysis and resolution of complex problems.
  • Conducts reviews of scientific or other literature in order to maintain
    and improve laboratory knowledge/skill, and identify appropriate analytical
    techniques for projects/studies.
  • Evaluates new test methodologies and improvements to existing procedures.
  • Manages communications to Customers. Provides technical expertise to internal and external Customers to enable method development and testing strategies.
  • Manages the development of laboratory validations. Interfaces with auditors for technical and Laboratory process inquiries.
  • Ensures cross-functional collaborations with other departments, sterilization sites, Tech Centers, and Sales to ensure addition of new Customers and successful implementation of integrated projects.
  • Interfaces with contract laboratories for outsourcing of additional laboratory testing as requested by Customers.
  • Manages generation and review of price quotes as requested by Customers.
  • Assesses work flow patterns and implements methods to ensure efficient and effective use of equipment and facility space.

Duties - cont'd

  • Manages requests for new or improved equipment, furniture, fixture, or facility updates to improve quality, efficiency, or cost.
  • Ensures laboratory inventory management and control to ensure material availability for continuation of services and cost containment.
  • Reviews procedures, new equipment operational instructions, employee skill set development, etc. to ensure preparedness for test initiation or continuation of testing.
  • Monitors, evaluates and forecasts department growth and make recommendations with specific justifications for additional resources (equipment, space, furniture, environment, and staff) to corporate management and submits requests for additional staffing resources to Plant management through approved process.
  • Maintains compliance with Quality Management System procedures in all activities, assuring fully documented training has been completed prior to the execution of the activities.
  • Exhibits a commitment to the AST shared values of Customer Satisfaction and Continuous Improvement through ensuring defect-free workmanship, assisting others to meet the Customer’s needs, searching for efficient and effective ways to reduce waste, being active and accountable for Customer satisfaction, and satisfying the Customer’s needs with a sense of urgency.
  • Contributes in a team effort by performing according to the guidelines outlined in the STERIS Code of Business Conduct, the GMP, Lean principles and other directives; supports the directives and decisions of higher level management and performs other duties as assigned.

Education Degree

  • Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience

  1. Minimum 8 years in the medical device industry.
  2. Minimum 4 years of supervision experience.
  3. Ability to run dilution schemes to solve for population testing.
  4. Previous experience working in a contract lab is a must.
  5. Demonstrated ability to run bioburden testing.
  6. Demonstrated ability to run sterility testing.
  7. Demonstrated ability to conduct B/F and recovery testing.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  9. Knowledge of ISO 11737, ISO 11137 and USP 7.
  10. Knowledge of qualification, calibrartion and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  11. Demonstrated ability to supervise operations and personnel.
  12. Demonstrated ability to work well with others.
  13. Ability to work with a high degree of independence.
  14. Demonstrated high level decision-making capabilities
  15. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical procedures.
  16. Ability to use a PC and standard software programs.
  17. Minimum intermediate proficiency with MS Office software.
  18. Must be organized and able to multi-task.
  19. Must have an understanding of microbes common characteristics and relevance in the testing process.
  20. Must have understanding of standard aseptic techniques and common laboratory equipment use.


STERIS is a $2B+, publicly traded (NYSE: STE) organization with approximately 12,000 associates worldwide and operates 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:  14937
Category:  Research & Development/Scientific
City:  Libertyville
State:  IL
Postal Code:  60048

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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