Laboratory Supervisor - Pathogen Department


San Antonio, Texas




Food Safety Net Services

Laboratory Supervisor - Pathogen Department

Food Safety Net Services, due to growth and expansion, is in the process of hiring an excellent Laboratory Supervisor in our Pathogen Department to be a part of our Analytical Food Testing Laboratory.


Job Summary:

The function of this position is to supervise laboratory operations performing testing of food products and environmental samples. This position is responsible for application and evaluation of approved techniques and methodologies used in analysis of food products. The Laboratory Supervisor will have frequent contact with the client base as well as review, reporting and interpretation of laboratory results in collaboration with the management team. The Laboratory Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing of daily workload and staffing placement in the Laboratory area while working closely with the Laboratory Manager and Assistant Laboratory Manager.


Essential Responsibilities:

         Supervise laboratory operations to maintain quality and efficiency as they apply to the Laboratory area

         Accurately perform and interpret test results, notifying the Laboratory Manager of deviations

         Supervise training of new and current laboratory personnel in laboratory procedures and protocols as authorized

         Provided feedback for and participate in laboratory personnel reviews

         Report concerns of equipment failures and non-compliance of supplies and reagents

         Supervise quality control procedures and documentation to support compliance with ISO 17025 guidelines

         Participate as an interface for the laboratory client base related to communication of results generated in the pathogen laboratory

         Assist in the communication of all log entries

         Assist in inventory maintenance

         Perform internal audits of processes as directed

         Maintain a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry issues and trends.

         Supervise non-routine projects as assigned

         Independently pursue working knowledge of processes, procedures, or techniques in accordance with the Food Safety Net Services Methods Manual, Quality Manual, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Safety Manual, and approved laboratory procedures

         Perform other duties as assigned


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Directly supervises employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



Minimum Qualifications:

         Working knowledge of aseptic sampling technique, automated lab equipment, and acceptable methods and procedures

         Familiarity with GMP , OSHA guidelines, FDA, BAM, APHA, and Compendium methods and procedure

         Broad knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of a food testing laboratory

         BS degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Technology, or related field required

         Graduate degree in Microbiology preferred

         Two years minimum experience in an analytical testing laboratory required

         Three or more years experience in a commercial food-testing laboratory preferred

        Or equivalent combination of education and experience








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