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Guardant Health // rare-cell diagnostics
, Full Time       Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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Company Description

Guardant Healthis a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary blood tests, vast data sets & advanced analytics. The Guardant Health Oncology Platform leverages capabilities to drive commercial adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes & lower healthcare costs across all stages of the cancer care continuum.Guardant Healthhas launched liquid biopsy-based Guardant360 & GuardantOMNI tests for advanced stage cancer patients & LUNAR assay for research use & for use in prospective clinical trials. In parallel,Guardant Healthis actively exploring the performance of the LUNAR assay in initial studies related to screening & early detection in asymptomatic individuals.

Job Description

The Biospecimen Management (BSM) Supervisor is responsible for the general supervision of BSM personnel & the daily operations of the BSM Laboratory. The BSM Supervisor may also perform samples receiving, unpacking, processing, recording samples sent for laboratory testing. In addition, the Supervisor will be required to perform quality control & quality assurance procedures while complying with all applicable local, state, & federal laboratory requirements.

The nature of the work requires excellent attention to detail, effective written, & verbal communication skills, the ability to multi-task & be flexible with tasks & schedules. The Supervisor must be able to lead & work with a team, as well as work independently.

The Biospecimen Management Supervisor will often be the first point of contact for Biorepository Technician & Associates & will provide guidance while troubleshooting problems. The Supervisor must also act as a liaison between his/her team, Laboratory Associates, Client Services, the Laboratory Manager, Quality, & the Laboratory Director. As such the Biospecimen Management Supervisor must exhibit leadership skills such as good judgment, sound analyses & decision making, the ability to remain professional & composed under pressure, effective interpersonal skills & the ability to effectively communicate across all departments.

The Biospecimen Management Supervisor will also be responsible for scheduling, reviewing, motivating & coaching the BSM staff. The Supervisor will build strong & effective teams, manage projects, implement laboratory goals, refine and/or define processes, perform staff competency assessments, write/edit standard operating procedures (SOPs) & train the team on existing & new procedures.

The BSM Supervisor must demonstrate the ability to analyze issues & make sound & ethical decisions in a timely manner. The Supervisor must be flexible & have the ability to adapt quickly to evolving procedures, policies & workflows.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provide day-to-day supervision of BSM personnel
  • Responsible for the operation of the pre-analytical laboratory including receiving, unpacking & processing all incoming clinical specimens.
  • Coach & mentor BSMtechnicians & Associates
  • Manage the testing & validation of new laboratory equipment & procedures
  • Identify process improvement opportunities & present to Director
  • Perform, review & document laboratory quality control procedures
  • Operate & maintain laboratory equipment as needed
  • Recruit & train BSM staff
  • Create & keep personnel files updated including training documentation & competency assessments
  • Represent the BSM Department in cross-functional meetings
  • Maintain a productive operational relationship with the IT/LIS departments to communicate ongoing modification requests
  • Work closely with the Clinical Operations Supervisors , Alliance Management and/or Client Services Department in developing efficiencies/processes between the functional areas to ensure that SOPs & best practices for each department are met
  • Perform administrative duties including but not limited to: writing & reviewing employee performance evaluations, SOPs, protocols, clinical trial sample tracking & equipment maintenance forms
  • Maintain stringent standards for quality; identify & report any issues which might adversely impact the quality of test results and/or employee safety
  • Manage & lead department projects & goals
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned
  • Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate from the laboratory's established performance specifications.
  • Assist with internal audits & inspection preparation, as needed
  • Report all concerns of test quality and/or safety to a Manager or Safety Officer.

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science, Clinical Science or related field preferred
  • At least 4 years of related experience within healthcare or a clinical laboratory preferred
  • Previous supervisory or management experience preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in biobanking, clinical sample management or biorepositories
  • Ability to proactively communicate consistently, clearly, & honestly
  • Strong computer skills required
  • Strong analysis & problem solving skills
  • Ability to prepare & maintain records & logs
  • Ability to integrate & apply feedback in a professional manner
  • Ability to prioritize tasks & drive to results with a high emphasis on quality
  • Ability to analyze & solve basic issues
  • Ability to work independently & as part of a team

Work Environment:

  • Hours & days may vary depending on operational needs;
  • Standing or sitting for long periods of time may be necessary;
  • May be exposed to hazardous materials, blood specimens, & instruments with moving parts, heating or freezing elements, & high-speed centrifugation;
  • Repetitive manual pipetting may be necessary; and
  • Some lifting (up to 25 pounds) may be necessary

Additional Information

Guardant Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status & will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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