Supervisor, Flexible Resource Scientist

Posted 04 Feb 2020

Rockville, Maryland - United States

Req Id 202347


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 56,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Your role:

An exciting new opportunity has arisen to join our company as the Flexible Resource Associate Scientist Lab Supervisor. You supervise associate scientists and/or lab technicians in a laboratory within Biologics. The Lab Supervisor oversees a wide variety of assays or tests required to characterize product or material safety in addition to supervising all Associate Scientists and/or lab technicians in the lab. Tasks include oversight and overall management of the lab and responsibility for lab metrics. The lab supervisor will also make scientific observations, maintain detailed documentation and ensure all documentation fulfills generally accepted professional/industry standards. Lab supervisors are required to maintain a thorough understanding of BioReliance services, technical principles, and applications. This role requires approximately 0 – 10% of travel.


  • Directly supervise Associate Scientists and/or Laboratory Assistants. Set goals, conduct regular one-on-one discussions with employees, ensure development plans are in place for all employees, address personnel issues promptly, interview and hire new candidates and complete performance reviews fairly and on-time.
  • Ensuring departmental training modules are up to date and training matrix reflects staff capabilities.
  • Responsible for compliance of studies under the principles of GxP.
  • May act as Study Director with responsibility for the scientific conduct of GLP studies. 
  • May act as the study management/ responsible person on the release of test results in a GMP study.
  • Document scientific observations and coordinate all activities associated with day-to-day laboratory operations.
  • Schedule the conduct of assays by lab staff and coordinate the scheduling samples to be tested. 
  • Ensure the necessary paperwork is received to facilitate on time lab initiation of studies.
  • Review study data for accuracy, adherence to compliance and completeness of documentation.
  • Work with scientific staff to conduct thorough investigations to determine the root cause for each deviation and nonconformance. Document all aspects of the investigation in a timely manner. 
  • Liaise with Quality Assurance and appropriate cross-functional departmental areas to close the events and corrective actions identified during GxP laboratory testing.
  • Stay current with SOPs and regulations (cGMP and GLP). 
  • Periodically evaluate laboratory procedures, system controls, and technical documentation such as SOPs and batch records to ensure compliance.
  • Manage the use and maintenance of scientific equipment and instrumentation, computer systems; Ensure that they are kept in a calibrated / validated state and 21 CFR Part 11 compliant.
  • Assist in site visits (Technical and QA), complete client requests and address site visit/ audit findings in a timely manner.
  • Participate in conference calls and anticipate/ address client questions as appropriate. 
  • Participate in division-wide initiatives including Quality systems improvements, trans-divisional SOPs revisions, Lean projects, etc.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as appropriate or required.


Who you are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in scientific discipline (Biology, Chemistry, etc.) with 2+ years laboratory experience, working with laboratory practices, techniques, equipment, materials and mathematical calculations
    • OR –
  • Bachelor’s degree in scientific discipline (Biology, Chemistry, etc.) with 5+ years laboratory experience, working with laboratory practices, techniques, equipment, materials and mathematical calculations 
    • OR –
  • 8+ years laboratory experience, working with laboratory practices, techniques, equipment, materials and mathematical calculations.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Intermediate skills in applicable computer programs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills that have been demonstrated through presentations/seminars, oversight of projects, implementation of new services, etc.
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Highly collaborative as well as independent
  • Demonstrates a high level of initiative and leadership capabilities
  • Effective supervisory, coaching and training skills for complex and highly technical work
  • Highly technically competent



What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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