EHS and Operations Specialist - Biotherapeutics Development
EHS and Operations Specialist - Biotherapeutics Development

Job Code: LW05-06


Under general direction, the selected candidate will assist in supporting EH&S and operations at a small pharmaceutical development site.  The position is 45% Environmental, Health and Safety, 45% Research Operations Support and 10% Shipping and Receiving.  Below is an outline of the duties, responsibilities and tasks that are expected from this position.


Environmental Health & Safety:
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Explain and help local management implement existing safety protocols. Give laboratory specific safety presentations to our new and existing scientists
• Coordinate industrial hygiene exposure surveys and risk assessments with outside consultants
• Participate in the management of the Respiratory Protection Program, including development and delivery of annual worker training, and delivery of fit testing
• Provides regulatory interpretation and technical advice
• Participates in the development and administration of potent molecule, chemical, biological safety and general safety programs
• Construct, review, comment and/or update standard operating procedures pertaining to EHS operations
• Develops and conducts classroom and computer based training related to specific EH&S topics
• Participate as a full member of the Emergency Response Team, in addition help develop and refine the Emergency Response Plan
• Prepares and submits applications and renewals for regulatory permits and licenses for the building
• Conducts periodic inspections to ensure compliance with company policies as well as local, state and federal regulations such as California Fire Code, San Diego County Hazmat, Cal/OSHA, EPA and DOT


Research Operations Support:
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Point of contact for scientific instrument repairs
• Working knowledge of all general use instrumentation 
• Ability to troubleshoot and in some cases repair general use instrumentation
• Coordinate PM work on specified general use instruments
• Coordinate capital and non-capital equipment evaluations with scientific staff.  Interface with vendors and negotiate pricing to meet budgetary requirements
• Independently identify areas within our laboratories and storage areas that can be re-organized for increased efficiency
• Periodically update schematics – staff and equipment positioning
• Help coordinate staff moves and suggest staff positioning to Department Head 
• Point of contact for Janitorial, laboratory gases, furniture and supply needs
• Organize warm/cold rooms, freezers/incubators and TC rooms for increased operational efficiency
• Develop new record keeping procedures and protocols for PM work, consumable and reagent usage
• Interface with Facilities staff to address existing infrastructure issues and future facility modifications
• Interface with Security staff regarding access issues and after hours facility monitoring
• Ensures the timely delivery of buffers made by contract staff

Materials Handling, Shipping/Receiving, and Purchasing:

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Interface with cost center managers, Facilities, EH&S, IT, and RO Department Head to complete capital (CERF paperwork) and non-capital purchases
• Track consumable and reagent usage, gauge stock levels and place orders on vendor web sites and internal requisition system to avoid supply shortages in the Laboratories
• Ensure that all packages and mail are received by the contract shipping/receiving clerk
• Ensure timely delivery of packages to end users


Position Requirements:
• Qualified candidate will have a BA or BS in Chemistry or Biology or other related scientific discipline, and 2-5 years of relevant work experience
• Other critical skills for success include:  ability to work individually and in a team environment, multitasking, managing competing accountabilities and project priorities to meet deliverable timelines, ability to reprioritize work when encountering unscheduled or unplanned events, excellent oral and written communication skills, and ability to efficiently work in a dynamic and pressured environment
• Previous industry experience in laboratory management or laboratory environment
• Knowledge of State and Federal EH&S regulatory guidelines and standards 
• Ability to give oral presentations, conduct tutorials, and cross-train other departments in Laboratory Operations protocols and responsibilities
• Strong organizational, and communications skills (verbal and written)
• Proactive attitude and ability to infuse innovative ideas to enhance Laboratory Operations
• Strong computer skills and working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.  Visio, Access, and other scientific and reagent management applications a plus.
• Must be motivated with strong HR skills.  Willing to work within a positive team based environment
• Acute observation skills and attention to detail
• May necessitate working flexible hours outside our normal schedule, including weekends and after hours


Special Conditions of Employment:
• The selected candidate must possess a valid driver’s license in the State of California
• The abilities to, pass a post-hire physical exam; move equipment and material weighing up to 50 lbs with or without accommodations; pass a pulmonary function test, and wear a respirator and self-contained breathing apparatus


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