Chemistry Lab Manager

Job Location: 
San Antonio, TX

Are you looking for a LAB MANAGER opportunity in the FOOD SAFETY industry?  Do you have at least 5 years of experience in a commercial food testing laboratory? Do you have Lab Supervision experience in a high volume lab?  If you would like to grow your career and be part of a successful team, then you could be what our client, a leader in their industry, is looking for in their next Chemical Lab Manager.  This is an excellent opportunity with a growing company that offers a competitive compensation package and excellent benefits package.  If this is for you or someone you know, please forward a current resume to:



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.




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



Progressive 401k Retirement Savings Plan 

Employer Paid Short and Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance 

Group Medical 

Tuition Reimbursement 

Flexible Spending Accounts 


Paid Holidays and Time Off 

Many positions which qualify for the company bonus program

Recruiter Name: 
Scott Fregien
Recruiter Phone: 
(262) 886-8000 ext. 221
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