Biorepository Unit Manager wanted Asap: APPLY NOW
Employer: Stellenbosch University
Overseeing the setup, laboratory infrastructure integration, operations, management of the Biorepository Unit, the generation of income to cover operational costs, as well as implementation of a complete Quality Management System. The manager will ensure that national and international ethical norms regarding biorepositories are adhered to.
Developing and managing a complete Quality Management System including policies, procedures, processes, and protocols for biobanking and laboratory services for the clinical and research community according to ISO and ISBER guidelines;
Maintaining an ethical and regulatory compliant environment, including but not limited to ethical handling of materials, and compliance with regulatory guidelines around the procurement, storage, and use of human samples;
Preparing the laboratory for accreditation in accordance with ISO 20387:2018 and ISBER guidelines.
Acting as primary liaison between Faculty, Hamilton Company and Separations Scientific;
Overseeing day-to-day operations of the biorepository;
Overseeing the collection, processing, storage, retrieval and transfer of biological specimens according to best practices and strict adherence to all applicable policies and regulations;
Overseeing the validation and maintenance of all equipment in the unit, including that of the Hamilton BiOS Automated Storage System in conjunction with the Hamilton technical team;
Evaluating and overseeing expansion of unit facilities, services and operations as the biorepository inventory and throughput increases;
Responding to after-hours emergencies to ensure integrity of the facility and samples are maintained.
Leadership and Development:
Supervising employees, providing direction, mentorship, training and development, and managing performance to organisational goals and expectations;
Displaying and fostering a culture of respect and ethical behaviour.
Procurement and Inventory Management:
Preparing, managing, and adhering to the budget to maintain expenditure controls;
Implementing an inventory control system according to LEAN principles;
Facilitating and overseeing the purchase and distribution of 2D biobanking tubes from the Biorepository Unit, and all administrative duties associated with this;
Overseeing procurement of all equipment, reagents and consumables required for operations within the unit.
Encouraging clients to make use of the BiOS and facilitating the inclusion of their sample repositories into the store;
Educating and advising potential and existing clients about the services offered by the Biorepository Unit, as well as procedures to be followed to ensure compliance to ISO standards;
Attending conferences, networking, developing client relations, and subsequent expansion of the client portfolio.
Database software i.e. LIMS
Good problem-solving skills, adaptability and flexibility
Minimum MSc in a Life Sciences field;
Minimum of two years’ experience in managing an ISO accredited laboratory;
Minimum of five years’ working experience in an ISO accredited laboratory or clinical trials environment, with knowledge of GCP, GLP and GCLP practices;
Knowledge of biorepositories, sample collection and transport (with specific focus on IATA and Dangerous Goods Transport);
Knowledge of biological specimens, basic assays in blood and urine and types of collection tubes;
Experience with database software (i.e. LIMS systems) is essential;
Proficiency in MS Office;
Knowledge of business management principles;
A pro-active self-starter who can operate individually and as part of a team;
Own transportation and the ability to attend to after-hour emergencies at the Biorepository Unit;
Good problem-solving skills, adaptability and flexibility;
Dynamic, the ability to build relationships at all levels within the organisation, including with external clients and stakeholders;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Demonstrated leadership ability;
A track record of strong attention to detail, with a passion for quality;
Excellent organisational and management skills to plan, manage and prioritise workload, handle multiple tasks and manage competing deadlines and priorities.
Experience working in a biobanking environment would be advantageous.
Apply before Friday, May 31, 2019 – 11 Days left
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