Job Summary

Prolacta Bioscience is seeking a Laboratory Specialist III, fully competent to work as a top level contributor in one or more specialized functions. This role provides support in daily lab testing of incoming raw milk samples, in-process, finished product, and stability samples. This role is required to support and work closely with each of the QC systems, as they relate to the testing performed for Prolacta.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates broad knowledge of business processes to accomplish laboratory testing and recording results
  • Demonstrates full understanding of routine laboratory procedures
  • Demonstrates expert knowledge of project/process flow within discipline
  • Follows established procedures and guidelines to perform routine laboratory procedures to test the quality of incoming raw milk samples, stability samples, and finished goods
  • Applies extensive technical expertise and has knowledge of other related business disciplines/processes
  • Serves as a technical resource
  • Works on complex projects with team members

·       Applies knowledge of policies, practices, and underlying concepts to assignments

  • Effectively completes assigned projects
  • Completes laboratory testing on all samples in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner
  • Performs general microbiological, chemical, and biochemical testing
  • Performs ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) testing
  • Evaluates the physical characteristics of samples for acceptability
  • Operates, maintains, and may troubleshoot advanced analysis equipment
  • Performs environmental monitoring (gowning required)
  • Maintains a safe and clean laboratory
  • Disposes of hazardous/biohazardous wastes according to Prolacta established procedures
  • Write and/or revise Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • May provide leadership, guidance, and training to junior colleagues on a semi-regular basis

 

Job Requirements and Qualifications

·       Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline

·       Minimum of 4-6 years hands-on experience in manufacturing, operations, or pilot lab/scale-up operations; experience in pharmaceutical scale-up activities, pharmaceutical validations, or extensive laboratory experience in protein chemistry highly desired

 

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

·       Business AcumenDemonstrates advanced knowledge of Prolacta products, technical operations, strategy, industry trends, and Prolacta SOPs

·       Collaboration

         Represents the department on specific projects

         Develops cross-functional partnerships and initiates new and productive internal/external alliances

         Solicits feedback regarding improving processes

·       Communication – Regularly interacts with team members, management, contacts among functional areas, and other departments within the company

·       Computer Skills – Proficient in Microsoft Office (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)

·       Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems

·       Customer Focus

         Ensures products meet client requirements

         Assesses customer needs and assists in developing options to meet those needs

         Presents options and recommendations to management/customer(s)

·       Efficient – Performs highly detailed work on multiple, concurrent tasks, while working under strict deadlines

·       Good Judgment – Work performed without appreciable direction

·       Guidance

         Provides constructive feedback to help others develop

         Builds consensus, encourages two-way feedback, and acknowledges contributions of others

         Encourages work group members to pursue excellence through diverse perspectives

·       Problem Solving

         References and researches established practices, standards, and/or policies to provide solutions to a variety of difficult problems

         Effectively challenges current processes and recommends improved approaches

·       Teamwork

         Ability to work independently and as part of a team

         Facilitates cooperative behavior among departments

·       Written/Oral Skills – Regularly required to demonstrate written and oral skills

 

 

Work Environment (Location, Travel, Shift, On-Call, etc.)

·       4/10 work schedule

·       This position is required to support testing at both the City of Industry and Duarte locations

·       Up to 5% car travel between locations may be required

 

Physical Requirements

a.       Activities. How much on-the-job time is spent in the following physical activities?

 

Amount of Time

Activity

None

Up to 1/3

1/3 to 2/3

2/3 or more

Stand

 

 

 

X

Walk

 

 

 

X

Sit

 

 

X

 

Talk or hear

 

 

 

X

Use hands to finger, handle or feel

 

 

 

X

Climb or balance

 

X

 

 

Stoop, Kneel, crouch or crawl

 

X

 

 

Reach with hands and arms

 

 

X

 

Taste or smell

 

X

 

 

 

 

b.       Lifting. Does this job require that weight be lifted or force be exerted? If so, how much and how often?

 

Amount of Time

Activity

None

Up to 1/3

1/3 to 2/3

2/3 or more

Up to 10 pounds

 

 

X

 

Up to 25 pounds

 

X

 

 

Up to 50 pounds

 

X

 

 

Up to 100 pounds

X

 

 

 

More than 100 pounds

X

 

 

 

 

 

Direct Reports

·       None