Laboratory Operations Manager, R&D

Summary of Major Responsibilities

The Laboratory Operations Manager, R&D will interact daily with R&D staff, facilities, procurement, metrology, instrument service, environmental health and safety, and other departments to ensure smooth laboratory operations. The Laboratory Operations Manager, R&D will lead, train and assist an R&D Laboratory Associate(s) to ensure the R&D laboratory is running smoothly.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop employees, conduct 1:1s and performance reviews and manage tasks and duties for the team
  • Provides leadership in laboratory areas to ensure that successful, effective, efficient, and safe laboratory practices are adhered to. Works with Environmental Health and Safety Committee to ensure that the laboratory is compliant with all requirements.
  • Develop day to day schedules, assigns personnel to complete schedule tasks and reprioritizes due to changing business needs.
  • Coordinate cleaning, maintenance and calibration with facilities, metrology and engineering functions to not impact day to day operations.
  • Work with metrology and instrument services to ensure the process for handling equipment malfunctions and maintenance is sufficient to minimize the impact to the workflow.
  • Assemble and direct cross-functional teams to implement project plans related to R&D laboratory needs.
  • Lead continuous improvement projects and support other area needs dependent on demand.
  • Oversee the ordering of laboratory supplies and equipment for the R&D laboratory.
  • In partnership with the facilities team ensure that there is adequate space and that sufficient building infrastructure in place to support the use of a variety of equipment such as centrifuges, biological safety hoods, freezers, thermal cyclers, etc.


Occasional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify and initiate process improvements as necessary.
  • Assist with other support duties as assigned.


Mandatory Skills

  • Strong documentation, attention-to-detail and procedure writing skills suitable for a GMP environment.
  • Proven work ability to work effectively in team situations as well as independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Capable of prioritizing, multi-tasking and organizing.
  • Experience with a variety of laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, pH meters, spectrophotometers, thermal cyclers, pipettes and balances.

Education and Experiences

  • B.S degree in Life Sciences or related field.
  • 7 or more years’ experience working in a molecular diagnostics/clinical laboratory setting preferred.
  • Minimum of 2+ years people management experience.
  • Experience in laboratory management.


Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift and move up to 40 pounds on an occasional basis.
  • Constant walking or motion to communicate work and interact with co-workers.
  • Ability to use computers daily in an interactive manner for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to use and wear safety protective gear/equipment (e.g. safety glasses, lab coat, gloves, etc.) and follow safety guidelines.
  • Ability to perform fine manipulation and simple grasping using hands for extended periods of time.
  • Regularly sets up, adjusts, assembles, controls, tests, positions and operates objects and equipment weighing up to 20 pounds.

EEO Disclosure



Exact Sciences is an equal employment opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state or federal law. The Company’s affirmative action program is available to any applicant or employee for inspection upon request.

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