R&D Lab Manager

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Cleveland, OH, United States
Feb 23, 2017
May 29, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The Laboratory Manager ensures the proficiency and optimal functioning of the laboratory to provide research-level analytical support to NDC Solon, with a primary focus on specific analytical needs of the Science & Technology portfolio. Contribute to the definition and execution of the Science & Technology Roadmaps and Cat 1 projects. Provide analytical support to Cat 2 projects as well as Technical Assistance to markets as required.


Analytical support to projects:

  • As a member of the Science & Technology Department, contribute to the definition and execution of the prioritized S&T Roadmaps and Cat 1 projects. Support Cat 2 projects and provide Technical Assistance as requested.
  • Bring specific analytical science perspective aligning with relevant Nestle R&D counterparts (NRC, Networks, etc.) and external partners.
  • Engage external analytical competencies as required.
  • Ensure the analytical team competencies are aligned with current and future needs as they are an intrinsic part of the discovery process.
Laboratory methods and practices:
  • Responsible for the correct and cost-efficient functioning of the laboratory, including personnel safety, availability of equipment to carry out analyses, internal and external quality control.
  • Responsible for the analytical competence of Lab or Center staff used to perform the required analysis.
  • Responsible for the correct and on time reporting of results and follow-ups as needed.
  • Manage the training plan and development needs for those conducting analyses in the labs.
  • Validate and establish validation dossiers for new and existing methods according to Nestlé validation standards
  • Select, organize and follow up analyses performed by subcontracted labs & Universities.
  • Manage relationship & financial accounting for work performed by NQAC Dublin.
  • Responsible for the adequate follow-up on results of proficiency tests and inter-laboratory comparisons. Responsible for performing root cause analysis in case of results needing improvement and in applying corrective actions.
Quality System:
  • Responsible for the proper implementation and regular update of the laboratory quality system in accordance with ISO 9001 Standards.

Direct supervision of a team of lab technicians and specialists, as well as external contractors. Must be able to effectively lead/coach team members, and provide expert and operational guidance.


Minimum of a Master's degree in the related area is highly preferred (Analytical Sciences, Chemistry, Food Science, etc.)


Demonstrated experience in leading lab personnel. Previous experience in relevant analytical methodologies is a must.  At least 5 year experience in a food industry laboratory with emphasis on food research.


  • Leadership and people development skills.
  • Coaching - laboratory personnel and other team members as appropriate
  • Effective communication
  • Effective and impactful interactions with project teams
  • Organization, prioritization, planning and execution - deliver results according to plan


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