Lab Operations Manager
Mechelen, BE
10 uur geleden

For Biocartis as an organization, it is important to have the people in place who can make the company’s strategy happen.

The Lab Manager plays a pivotal role in orchestrating this.

The key mission of the Lab Manager is :

  • to develop a 'functional powerhouse' with highly capable resources, and
  • to operate as the process owner of efficient and effective business processes.
  • The Lab Manager also provides expert input to programs and coaching to the employees and teams.

    The Lab Manager’s primary role is talent, competence and resource management. He / she is an expert in his / her respective discipline.

    In this way, the Lab Manager will make sure that his / her function performs at the best of its ability by having talented and trained resources and effective and efficient processes in place.

    The Lab Manager manages the Biocartis Lab Team, a group of Lab Technicians, that plan, perform and analyze assigned scientific experiments as part of assay development projects, and leads the Biobank Lab Supervisors and Lab Coordinator.

    He / she will be responsible for (i) the development of a functional powerhouse’ with highly capable IVD Lab resources (in Mechelen as well as in Raritan), (ii) Biobank management and (iii) overall R&D facility management in Biocartis Mechelen.


  • Accountability for leadership of the lab, biobank and lab ops team incl. amongst other establishing a resource and competence plan in line with the company strategy, product roadmap, company objectives and budget;
  • Managing, overseeing and balancing resource allocation; makes sure that the projects are equipped with strong people;
  • Leading all operational aspects of the function while continuously striving for performance improvement and effectiveness;
  • Liaising with project and functional leads to deliver competence and capacity according to business demand and budget;
  • Operate as the process owner of efficient and effective business processes of the respective functional team : He / she takes responsibility of the biobank and oversees sample requests and collections for R&D projects in the area of molecular diagnostics, in line with applicable regulations.
  • He / she is responsible for developing and implementing best practices and guidelines for sample management and characterization.

    He / she is responsible for Belgium-based IVD Lab infrastructure and equipment, GLP compliance and centralization / consolidation of overall laboratory information.

  • Accountability for financial monitoring of the respective functional team in collaboration with the Departmental budget holder;
  • Cascading company objectives within the respective teams;
  • Reporting and / or escalating to the appropriate governance body;
  • The Lab Manager defines processes and organizes meetings to support optimal functioning of the Development Lab Team;
  • The Lab Manager manages the Lab Supervisors (Belgium as well as US-based), the Biobank Coordinator and the Lab Ops Coordinator.
  • Profile requirements

  • Master degree in Science- or technology-related study domains or equivalent through experience
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in an industrial / lab setting, of which 3 years in a people management role;
  • Well-developed people management skills;
  • Knowledge of the technologies and chemistries that are applied in the molecular diagnostic market, including qPCR and / or NGS technologies, is a plus;
  • Experience in a GLP lab;
  • Strong interest in biobank, IVD and related quality regulations;
  • Process minded;
  • Strong business acumen;
  • Planning and organization : Team and project planning; stakeholder management plans ahead, monitors results and adapts plans;
  • Manages the allocation of resources / allocated resources in relation to business needs and budget;
  • Steering : Sets direction to the team : is able to motivate, guide and direct staff members in reaching their business goals;
  • Monitors and / or evaluates performance, provides balanced feedback and ensures support to develop the required competencies;
  • Resilience : Maintains self-control, direction and effectiveness in high pressure situations;Maintains team’s effectiveness, quality and morale during difficult times;
  • Supports and facilitates change enables and shapes change, helps others to understand the need for change and adapt to it;
  • Strategic thinking translates Biocartis vision and strategy into SMART plans for the team and programs;
  • Coaching & development designs, implements and encourages a feedback & coaching culture, creates an environment where leadership and talent development is a top priority;
  • Legislation and regulation : 820CFRISO13485ISO14971GLP and GDP guidelinesHS&E guidelinesIVD Directive and new IVDR
  • PC skills : MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and Outlook;
  • Languages : Perfect English (written and spoken) is requiredKnowledge of Dutch is an asset.
  • Our offering

    We offer you an exciting job in a fast growing international and innovative environment where you can work with top entrepreneurs in the biotech industry.

    You can be part of a very dynamic, young and growing team. You will have freedom to shape your work and shape your job where you deem it necessary : we value your input.

    Of course we offer you an appropriate compensation package.

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