Laboratory Team Lead - Chicago, IL

Company Description  

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 94,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

Job Description  

The function of the Team Lead is to oversee the daily production of a team of technicians and analysts in the laboratory, under the guidance of the Department Supervisor and Laboratory Manager. They lead by example and ensure the work being done by their team is completed in a safe, efficient and timely manner and is performed in compliance with SGS’ Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  They are responsible for giving guidance to current employees as well as helping train new analysts and technicians.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Coordinate workflow through the department to ensure turnaround times are met 
  • Work with the Department Supervisor to manage staff and instrumentation resources to maximize sample throughput and ensure production targets are met 
  • Lead by example when processing samples to ensure that the team follows the lab’s SOPs 
  • Use LIMS to ensure that samples are processed appropriately and update the samples’ status in LIMS as required 
  • Apply technical judgment to determine potential problems for samples processed by yourself or members of the team 
  • Assist with preparation of spiking solutions, surrogate solutions, and other special formulation solutions 
  • Help implement best practices in the laboratory to maximize operational efficiency and maintain data quality that meets or exceeds industry standards  
  • Demonstrate good leadership through effective planning, delegating and empowering subordinates appropriately, and leading by example. Manage people and performance daily, acting quickly and decisively when required 
  • Ensure staffing levels are appropriate for sample volumes and that staff are properly trained to perform their assigned duties 
  • Work with the Departmental Supervisor to oversee hiring and training competent laboratory personnel. Assist with the training of new analysts to become productive members of the team 
  • Ensure the lab’s operating supplies inventory is appropriate for current work loads  
  • Appropriately follow safety requirements for the work that is done and ensure that your team members are also following these requirements.  Immediately address safety problems as they arise in the lab (i.e. hood use, safety glasses, methylene chloride handling) to minimize exposure and maximize safe practices. 
  • Actively promote a strong culture of safe laboratory practices and the maintenance of a safe working environment  
  • Keep supervisory and management teams informed of any potential problems.  Provide information to supervisory and managerial staff as appropriate on instrumentation, production, and staff issues 
  • Performs other duties as required 

  • Associates degree in a science field with relevant lab classes or equivalent experience. 
  • Minimum two years direct lab experience, including experience in training preferred.   

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Language Skills: English 
  • Knowledge of environmental testing protocols, regulations and certifications related to the department 
  • Reasoning Skills/Abilities: Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills are a requirement of this position.  Must have a solid understanding of process and workflow 
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. 
  • Computer Skills: The ability to use common software (i.e. Excel, Word, Outlook, LIMS) is required 
  • Experience with LIMS preferred. 
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as SOPs, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. 
  • The ability to meet commitments made to yourself and others, keeping the promises you make, and acknowledging and accepting the choices you have made, the actions you have taken, and the results they have led to. 
  • Exhibits high levels of energy and enthusiasm. 
  • Demonstrates upmost level of integrity in all instances and shows respect towards others and towards company principles. 
  • The ability to write and speak effectively using appropriate convention based on the situation; actively listens to others, asks questions to verify understanding, and uses tact and consideration when delivering feedback to others. 
  • Excellent time management skills which includes the ability to balance multiple projects concurrently (with different deadlines) and arrange the resources necessary to accomplish them.  

Additional Information  

SGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such we recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristics protected by law.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts the company’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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Full time
Salary Range
$24,000.00 - 58,000.00
per Year
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Downers Grove, IL 60516, US
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