Supervisor, Biospecimen Management
Company: Guardant Health
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: May 8, 2022
Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on
helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary
tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics. The Guardant Health
oncology platform leverages capabilities to drive commercial
adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare
costs across all stages of the cancer care continuum. Guardant
Health has commercially launched Guardant360 -, Guardant360 CDx,
Guardant360 TissueNext---, Guardant360 Response---, and
GuardantOMNI - tests for advanced stage cancer patients, and
Guardant Reveal--- for early-stage cancer patients. These tests
fuel development of its screening program, which aims to address
the needs of asymptomatic individuals eligible for cancer
The Biospecimen Management (BSM) Supervisor is responsible for the
general supervision of BSM personnel and the daily operations of
the BSM Laboratory.
The BSM Supervisor may also perform samples receiving, unpacking,
processing, recording samples sent for laboratory testing.
In addition, the Supervisor will be required to perform quality
control and quality assurance procedures while complying with all
applicable local, state, and federal laboratory requirements.
The nature of the work requires excellent attention to detail,
effective written, and verbal communication skills, the ability to
multi-task and be flexible with tasks and schedules.
The Supervisor must be able to lead and work with a team, as well
as work independently.
The Biospecimen Management Supervisor will often be the first point
of contact for Biorepository Technicians and Associates and will
provide guidance while troubleshooting problems.
The Supervisor must also act as a liaison between his/her team,
Laboratory Associates, Client Services, the Laboratory Manager,
Quality, and the Laboratory Director.
As such the Biospecimen Management Supervisor must exhibit
leadership skills such as good judgment, sound analyses and
decision making, the ability to remain professional and composed
under pressure, effective interpersonal skills and the ability to
effectively communicate across all departments.
The Biospecimen Management Supervisor will also be responsible for
scheduling, reviewing, motivating and coaching the BSM staff.
The Supervisor will build strong and effective teams, manage
projects, implement laboratory goals, refine and/or define
processes, perform staff competency assessments, write/edit
standard operating procedures (SOPs) and train the team on existing
and new procedures.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide day-to-day supervision of BSM personnel.
Responsible for the operation of the pre-analytical laboratory
including, receiving, unpacking and processing all incoming
Coach and mentor Biorepository Technicians and Associates.
Manage the testing and validation of new laboratory equipment and
Identify process improvement opportunities and present to
Perform, review and document laboratory quality control
Operate and maintain laboratory equipment as needed.
Recruit and train BSM staff.
Create and keep personnel files updated including training
documentation and competency assessments.
Represent the BSM Department in cross-functional meetings.
Maintain a productive operational relationship with the IT/LIS
departments to communicate ongoing modification requests.
Work closely with the Clinical Operations Supervisors and Client
Services Department in developing efficiencies/processes between
the functional areas to ensure that SOPs and best practices for
each department are met.
Perform administrative duties including but not limited to: writing
and reviewing employee performance evaluations, SOPs, protocols,
clinical trial sample tracking and equipment maintenance forms.
Maintain stringent standards for quality; identify and report any
issues which might adversely impact the quality of test results
and/or employee safety.
Manage and lead department projects and goals.
Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned.
Document all corrective actions taken when test systems deviate
laboratory's established performance specifications.
Assist with internal audits and inspection preparation, as
Report all concerns of test quality and/or safety to a Manager or
Bachelor of Arts or Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science,
Clinical Science or related field preferred.
A minimum of 6 years of related experience within healthcare or a
clinical laboratory required.
A minimum of 1 year supervisory or management experience
Demonstrate a high level of competency when assisting in the
pre-analytical sample processing steps.
Ability to proactively communicate consistently, clearly, and
Strong computer skills required.
Strong communicator with ability to maintain open communication
with internal employees, managers and customers, as needed.
Strong analysis and problem solving skills.
Ability to prepare and maintain records and logs.
Ability to integrate and apply feedback in a professional
Ability to prioritize tasks and drive to results with a high
emphasis on quality.
Ability to analyze and solve basic issues.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Hours and days may vary depending on operational needs.
Standing or sitting for long periods of time may be necessary.
May be exposed to hazardous materials, blood specimens, and
instruments with moving parts, heating or freezing elements, and
Repetitive manual pipetting may be necessary.
Some lifting (up to 25 pounds) may be necessary.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO
Covid Vaccination Policy: Starting January 7, 2022, Guardant Health
will require all employees to be fully vaccinated to either (a)
establish that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; or
(b) request and obtain an approved exemption from Guardant's
COVID-19 U.S. Vaccination Policy as a reasonable accommodation. An
employee is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks
after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or one dose
of a single-dose vaccination. Acceptable vaccines are approved or
under emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) and/or the World Health Organization (WHO). In
addition, fully-vaccinated employees will be required to maintain
their fully-vaccinated status under this Policy by obtaining, if
applicable, any FDA-approved boosters.
Employee may be required to lift routine office supplies and use
office equipment. Majority of the work is performed in a
desk/office environment; however, there may be exposure to high
noise levels, fumes, and biohazard material in the laboratory
environment. Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
Guardant Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be
discriminated against on the basis of disability.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO
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