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Laboratory Manager

Company: Tampa Bay Water
Location: Lutz
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

The Laboratory Manager organizes and directs the activities of the Laboratory professional and field staff in the performance of chemical, microbiological, and physical analyses of water, using the most advanced instrumentation and technology available; responsible for preparation and timely submission of reports involving compliance monitoring to member governments and regulatory agencies; administers and coordinates the Laboratory's Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) Program to ensure compliance with Laboratory certification requirements; updates both analytical and non-analytical Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) to ensure compliance with The NELAC Institute (TNI) 2016 Rule and the State of Florida Department of Health (DOH) Laboratory requirements in order to maintain certification. Job Requirements: Staff Management: --- Manages all Department Laboratory Staff (GC/GC-MS, HPLC, IC Anions, ICP-OES/IC-MS Metals, Microbiology, Monitoring/Sampling, and Wet Chemistry).--- Prepares annual Performance Evaluations.--- Interviews and provides new hire recommendations.--- Performs succession and staff planning; and participates in pay class studies.--- Directly manages and/or oversees Department employees who manage/mentor co-op students.--- Coordinates Laboratory staff participation on research projects and studies.--- Creates opportunities, encourages professional growth and cross-training of all Laboratory staff. Budget/Operations Management: --- Plans, sets, and manages the Laboratory annual budget; enters requisitions into Munis.--- Tracks Laboratory expenses; and monitors the cost efficiency of Laboratory operations.--- Provides final recommendations for new instrumentation and related equipment purchases.--- Provides final recommendations for contract laboratories and manages assignments to them.--- Directly manages and/or oversees Laboratory employees who manage service contracts for Laboratory instrumentation and related equipment.--- Evaluates vendors based on cost, quality, and dependability.--- Updates the List of Approved Vendors on the Laboratory shared directory (L drive). QA/QC and Technical Management: --- Performs detailed analysis of final results for all samples to determine if holding times and accuracy/precision requirements have been met before validating sample results.--- Monitors and/or oversees staff analytical progress for all samples.--- Confirms the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database (e.g., analytical results, QC limits, MDLs, LOQs, etc.) is current and used properly for data reporting; also compares results to historical trends.--- Reviews QA/QC reports in LIMS, at a minimum, on a quarterly basis.--- Conducts audits and updates QA/QC policies and procedures, including an annual internal lab audit that is provided to the Water Quality Services Senior Manager.--- Updates Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) and Laboratory Quality Manual.--- Schedules/prepares Laboratory for biennial State of Florida DOH inspection to maintain NELAC certification for potable/non-potable waters; responds to deficiencies, if necessary.--- Oversees and is responsible for Department Supervisors scheduling and tracking results from semi-annual (and remedial, if needed) Proficiency Tests to maintain test method certifications.--- Oversees and is responsible for Department Supervisors managing Laboratory Demonstration of Capability (DOC) certifications including scheduling, ordering necessary materials, and administering tests.--- Ensures reliable and accurate water quality monitoring for regulatory compliance.--- Oversees and is responsible for staff entering results from contract laboratories into LIMS.--- Oversees and is responsible for staff logging in samples into LIMS.--- Oversees and is responsible for hazardous waste manifests and semi-annual removal of hazardous waste coordinated by the Lab Safety Officer; renews annual radiation license.--- Confirms Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are current for all chemicals used by the Laboratory.--- Confirms Laboratory Chemical Inventory Program data are properly maintained by each Department Supervisor. Training and Communications: --- Trains Laboratory staff on ethics, data integrity, QA/QC standards, and reporting requirements; and conducts monthly meetings with Laboratory staff.--- Works with Water Quality Services Senior Manager as contact person for wholesale customers (member governments) and regulatory agencies.--- Supports agency colleagues on source rotation and water production priorities with water quality monitoring, Laboratory analyses, and studies to ensure delivery of high-quality water.--- Provides effective oral and written communication to agency staff, member governments, regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders as needed to educate, advocate, and communicate Laboratory goals and initiatives.--- Attends monthly meetings with Purchasing, Safety Team, Water Quality Working Group, and Source Rotation.--- Upon request, trains member government and Operations staff on microbiological techniques; chloramination theory, instrumentation, and measurement; and other topics.--- Upon request, assists member governments and Operations staff to achieve DOC certification for microbiological and wet chemistry analyses. Additional responsibilities: --- Supports, encourages, and enforces workplace Safety Policies and Procedures in accordance with the Agency Safety Program.--- Performs related work as directed. Disaster Service Worker: Employees of Tampa Bay Water are, by State and Federal law, Disaster Service Workers. In the event of a declaration of emergency, any employee may be assigned activities that promote the protection of public health and safety or the preservation of lives and property, either at the Agency or within the local community or their own community.

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