Laboratory Operations Specialist – Facilities and Environmental, Health & Safety

Plato BioPharma, Inc (PBI), a growing pre-clinical contract research organization (CRO) supporting the pre-clinical research needs of the pharmaceutical and biopharma sectors, is seeking a Laboratory Operations Specialist. This exciting position will have the right candidate develop, perform, lead and administer a variety of tasks in the Facilities Management, Logistics, and Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) functional areas for a research laboratory environment.  The Laboratory Operations Specialist will require a high degree of internal customer service, precision communication, detail orientation and a range of knowledge and experience in small business & scientific operations.

 Job Summary and Essential Functions:

Facilities Management

  • Responsible for building operations, maintenance and all that relates to scheduling of regular facility maintenance activities and repairs.
  • Familiar with and responsible for HVAC system operation, controls and monitoring – temperature & humidity controls, electricity, water and maintenance of equipment; and generators in an emergency.
  • Evaluates, hires and directs contracted service providers associated with facility maintenance and operations.
  • Develops policies and procedures for the use of supplies and facilities.

Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) Administration

  • Develop and execute implementation of EH&S policies, procedures, programs, and all federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Develop effective communication process to make EH&S priorities and performance visible. This will include and it is not limited to; consistently coaching to be a visible leader on all aspects of EH&S such as accident prevention, safe work practices and environmental compliance.
  • Coordinates/facilitates EH&S training requirements including; developing training curriculum, providing training, tracking training, organizing training sessions.
  • Develops and administrates Facility and Lab Safety Program, Occupation Health Program, Work Accident and OSHA Reporting

Asset Management & Maintenance

  • Develop and execute implementation of an asset management system
  • Maintains, schedules and tracks all necessary research equipment maintenance
  • Directs the schedule/work of maintenance techs of various kinds who maintain equipment

Logistics, Shipping & Receiving

  • Performs all shipping/receiving and logistics activities
  • Packages and prepares items for shipping per SOPs including dangerous goods and temperature controlled shipments
  • Works with various regulatory agencies to acquires all necessary permits and licenses for import and export of various items
  • Carries & answer intercom for deliveries, confirms and records the receipt of shipments

What we’re looking for:

  • The right candidate will bring experience in facilities management and/or EH&S and have the desire to learn remaining responsibilities through training and education
  • Demonstrated ability to both execute processes already implemented and help to develop new processes as assigned
  • Familiar with clean room design and environmental control
  • Experience working in and understanding the multifaceted needs of a small business
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate in an interdisciplinary environment is essential
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines for assigned tasks and projects
  • Must have strong organizational, planning and time-management skills
  • Exercises independent judgment in developing and standardizing operating procedures.
  • Commitment to safety and the humane treatment of laboratory animals is required

 What we offer:

  • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Eligible for bonuses and pay increases dependent on personal and company performance
  • Personal growth opportunities through on the job experiences in a small growing business

 Working Conditions:

  • Varies from typical office environment to a laboratory setting with direct exposure to/handling of laboratory animals
  • Non-standard hours and weekend work occasionally required
  • At times, may work with potentially hazardous substances
  • At times, work will require PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks quickly and efficiently
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time
  • Must be able to perform all physical aspects required of position including periodic lifting items up to 40 lbs. and moving racks or large items on wheels

 Minimum Education / Experience Requirements:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of professional experience
  • Functional expertise in either Facilities Management and/or EH&S preferred
  • Familiarity with lab research facilities and environments including controlled access areas, clean rooms and animal holding rooms preferred
  • Experience with pharmaceutical research and development highly desirable
  • Demonstrated new process development, refinement, implementation and administration
  • Excellent computer skills and proficient in Excel, Word, Outlook

 Job Type:

Exempt full-time 40+ hours a week

Qualified candidates interested in the position should send your resume and cover letter connecting your experience to the job requirements to Position title, level and compensation commensurate with experience. No phone calls and no recruiters, please