QC Supervisor, Microbiology

Walkersville, Maryland

Today Lonza is a global leader in life sciences. We are more than 15,000 employees in more than 100 locations around the world. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of. 

The QC Supervisor, Microbiology supervises the Quality Control (QC) Microbiology laboratory Technical Operations team responsible for performing EM data review and analysis, leading and/or participating in excursion investigations and complex technical investigations, tracking/trending of EM data, performing Risk Assessments, supporting audits, CAPAs, projects within and outside QC, and all related Microbiology Lab activities

Key responsibilities:

  • Responsible for direct supervision of the Microbiology group responsible for EM data review and analysis, inclusive of all other sub tasks that are involved.  Ensures adherence to deadlines and compliance with regulations.
  • Leads, mentors, and coaches staff through routine one-on-one meetings, team meetings, and effective performance management.  Sets and delivers on individual and team goals that support the group and site strategy.  Takes personal accountability for both his/her own and the team’s actions. 
  • Ensures laboratory test methods, equipment maintenance/repair, calibration, and record keeping is done in accordance with established procedures.
  • Writes, reviews, and/or approves SOPs, sampling plans, protocols, and reports. 
  • Leads and mentors others with technical investigations.    
  • Provides back-up support for routine lab activities, if necessary. 
  • Participates in or provides data for routine environmental trending meetings.
  • Serves on or oversees contamination prevention team  

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in a scientific discipline and relevant experience in the field required
  • Experience working in a cGMP regulated environment required
  • Strong leadership and communication experience is required
  • Individual is expected to have an in-depth understanding of concepts and principles in own discipline and a basic knowledge of these elements in other areas.  Will be expected to stay aware of new technologies and potential applications in area.  Should possess knowledge of how to execute team methods/procedures and operate equipment.  May need to support and/or execute analyst tasks on a non-routine basis. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge in Pharmaceutical Microbiology as it relates to Environmental Monitoring, Aseptic Processing, Cleanroom design and behavior
  • Experience in room qualification/facility start up and protocol/sampling design
  • Experience with technical investigations
  • Proficient in the use of spreadsheets, databases, and word processing software. Able to perform statistical analysis of data and interpretation of trended data.
  • Knowledge of SAP, TrackWise, LIMS or MODA systems a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in management of complex tasks and projects. 
  • Able to write complex procedures and reports.

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference. 

Lonza is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a qualified individual with disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reference: R21282