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Lab & Regulatory Supervisor - KY-Leitchfield


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The Laboratory Manager is responsible for coordinating all lab activities on site. The Laboratory Manager will report to the Quality and Regulatory Manager and be responsible for coordinating lab job descriptions, testing requirements related to specifications, testing results and analysis, appropriate process data collection, lab equipment and materials needed. Will work with Quality Supervisor on all lab training needs and requirements and coordinating all lab training and qualifications of the team. The Laboratory Manager will be responsible for lab procedures and each of the job functions in the lab.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Must be knowledgeable of food, milk, dairy, and cheese specific test methods and techniques.
  • Be very familiar with microbiology and techniques as related to food. If not familiar with these techniques, person must be comfortable to learn these in formal and non-formal settings.
  • Validate current lab processes, procedures and test methods. Propose solutions for continuous improvements in the lab in relation to quality control systems and via analysis of results.
  • Approve and validate training of lab personnel to insure understanding and compliance to standards.
  • Develop lab training sessions and lab work instructions for the plant.
  • Certify lab employees on lab requirements as related to their job and teach them new skills through the IDP process.
  • Inform management on lab testing non-conformances.
  • Apply technical skills and knowledge of internal and external guidelines to help improve methods, policies, procedures.
  • Work in conjunction with the Quality Supervisor to manage the quality of incoming materials.
  • Ensure all lab supplies are ordered and proper inventories are maintained.
  • Perform statistical calculations relating to test data. Enter test data into the computer system and prepare test result reports.
  • Follow all clean up and housekeeping procedures. Comply with all quality, safety, and work-rule requirements.
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned by management.


Minimum degree and experience preferred:

  • Requires education generally equivalent to a College degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science or related field plus 1 to 3 years additional training laboratory procedures and/or equivalent years of experience
  • Will acquire State and FDA certifications in order to perform all QA Laboratory testing procedures
  • Requires 1 to 3 years’ experience in laboratory testing techniques in a dairy and/or food processing environment

Specific competencies required:

  • Ability to read, understand and implement laboratory procedures
  • Ability to function as a team member and contribute to group goals
  • Ability to operate a variety of office and laboratory equipment such as a personal computer, texture analyzer, incubator, PH meters, salt analyzer, scales, slide box and hot air oven
  • Requires good knowledge of testing procedures and documentation techniques
  • Requires good oral communication skills to effectively deal with coworkers

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