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Laboratory Manager

  • Ref: 298387
  • Type: Direct Hire
  • Location: Derby, CT
  • Industry: Chemicals
  • Job Level: Manager
  • Pay: $110,000 - $135,000

Opportunity Description

We are seeking an experienced Laboratory Manager with a technical expertise in Analytical Chemistry (organic compounds), competent in Microbiology and strong team-building and leadership skills.  The Laboratory Manager will be responsible for overseeing personnel, ensuring the effectiveness of laboratory operations and promoting company policies, developing staff providing general leadership to a team of ~15 with 4 direct reports.

Company Information

Our client is a well respected Specialty Chemical manufacturer located in Fairfield County Connecticut.

Job Duties

  • Provide leadership, mentorship and technical oversight to the laboratory department.
  • Promote a high degree of co-operation and communication among the laboratory staff and other departments within the organization. 
  • Engage department in a unified vision, implement best practices and continuous improvement programs. 
  • Maintain operational efficiency of the laboratory, ensure appropriate prioritization of work to meet department targets and communicate challenges with the management team.
  • Promote staff development; encourage, discipline and promote positive morale within the department, recommend promotions/transfers to the management team as appropriate.
  • Implement and ensure compliance with quality management system (ISO-9001:2000) policies.
  • Prepare and manage department budget. 
  • Interpret data, prepare and present department performance and statistics related to laboratory testing, department projects and budget items to the management team, as required.
  • Review laboratory test procedures for adequacy & relevance, update procedures when appropriate.
  • Ensure timely reporting of technical test results.  Communicate suggestions or deviations with requestors. 
  • Ensure appropriate communication with Sales & Technical team personnel.  Ensure that Sales personnel are kept fully informed of laboratory customer contact, unusual test requests and/or test results. 


  • MS Chemistry strongly preferred but well qualified BS level candidates will be considered.
  • Formal management training and six-sigma/continuous improvement programs are highly desirable

Experience & Skills Required

  • 2+ years of  Laboratory Management Experience
  • 5+ years of hands-on Analytical experience
  • 2 years of Microbiology (experience or technical oversight)
  • Excellent communication and computer skills
  • Strong attention to detail, well organized and highly collaborative
  • Ability to motivate a team, strong time-management and project management skills
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the position including frequent bending, reaching, repetitive hand and arm movements, standing, lifting up to 20 lbs. and reading printed material or computer screens for a prolonged period  

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