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Chemistry Laboratory Manager 

Location San Antonio - Chemistry  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Range Based on experience  
Shift Various Shifts  
Scheduled Days Various days 

Scheduled Hours Various hours 



The primary function of this position is to supervise laboratory operations and have direct contact with the laboratory client base. This position is authorized to be responsible for all laboratory operations related to the generation and communication of chemical testing results. The Chemistry Laboratory Manager works closely with the Chemistry Technical Manager and has the authority to delegate responsibility for laboratory operations to the Chemistry Operations Manager when absent from the laboratory.


  • Supervise laboratory operations to maintain quality and efficiency
  • Oversee training of new and current laboratory personnel in laboratory procedures and protocols
  • Provide guidance in the distribution of workload
  • Ensure that sound chemical techniques are applied to the daily workload
  • Maintenance of all laboratory personnel training, reviews, and goal setting/personal growth
  • Placement of laboratory personnel in appropriate laboratory areas to ensure efficiency and staff success
  • Information liaison for Human Resources with regard to staff changes and adjustments, including staff vacation and leave
  • Review and approve laboratory expenditures, including outside lab testing, shipping, and supply orders
  • Ensure that all required equipment is in place and properly functioning
  • Ensure that all quality control procedures and documentation are in compliance and up to date with ISO 17025 guidelines
  • Ensure that all technical procedures are up to date and properly followed in collaboration with the Chemistry Technical Manager and the Chemistry Operations Manager
  • Overall organization, housekeeping, maintenance, and space utilization of the laboratory
  • Oversee laboratory departmental staff meetings
  • Supervise non-routine projects per client request and as assigned
  • Review and approval of final technical reports going out to clients to include spreadsheets, special projects, and contract research
  • Review and oversee data entries
  • Independently pursue and have a 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
  • Maintain a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry issues and trends
  • Provide guidance to the Chemistry Operations Manager and Laboratory Supervisors to ensure that all laboratory processes are managed with the highest quality and efficiency
  • Authority to approve payroll hours, to write performance reviews, and to provide feedback to HR on staffing needs
  • Adjust workflow as required
  • Authorize training for laboratory personnel
  • Periodically review and visually audit laboratory staff to ensure compliance with methods
  • Authority to approve laboratory supply orders and invoices related to supplies, shipping, and contract services
  • Authorized to order repair services for malfunctioning equipment as well as request new equipment with the proper price quotations
  • Authorize retests of client samples based on quality control concerns
  • Communicate directly with clients on laboratory capability, results, pricing, and related topics
  • Travel is required and at the discretion of management


Directly supervises employees. Carries out all responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, standard operating procedures and best practices. Ensures compliance with all applicable laws and regulations at all times. Responsibilities includes interviewing, hiring, training and mentoring employees; evaluate performance of assigned personnel, monitor performance action plans for employees, improve operational efficiencies by focusing on customer service and maximizing production and profit; will direct work flow; maintain harmony in the workplace and professional business demeanor at all times.

Position Requirements


  • BS required, MS Chemistry, Food Technology, or related field technical procedures, or governmental regulations preferred or pursuing
  • Doctorate degree in chemistry preferred
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public
  • Experience in a chemical testing environment
  • Five years of experience in a commercial food-testing laboratory or commercial laboratory


  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and to handle other communications/computer components
  • Potential exposure to odors, fumes, airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, and microbiological pathogens
  • Noise level varies from quiet to loud
  • Temperature varies from hot to cold
  • Interactive and fast-paced team oriented tasks
  • Overnight Travel is required at the discretion of management
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • Color vision and depth perception
About the Organization Our company offers exciting opportunities for individuals interested in the food safety industry. We welcome individuals who are looking for a dynamic organization that prides itself in its unequivocal excellence in service to its customers and employees.

Our People: We are committed to creating long-term value for our people, supporting their success and satisfaction as our internal customers and team members.

Diversity: We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including (but not limited to) Women, Minorities, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Benefits: Our company offers an attractive wage and benefit package. Our competitive salary, combined with our insurance and benefits, make us the "logical career choice".

• Progressive 401k Retirement Savings Plan

• Employer Paid Short and Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance

• Group Medical

• Tuition Reimbursement

• Flexible Spending Accounts

• Dental

• Paid Holidays and Time Off

• Many positions which qualify for the company bonus program

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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