Lab Supervisor, Microbiology

Date: Jan 13, 2021

Location: Maple Grove, MN, US

Company: Teleflex

Expected Travel: Up to 10%

Requisition ID: 3142


About Teleflex Incorporated

Teleflex is a global provider of clinically effective medical technologies designed to improve the health and quality of people’s lives. We apply purpose driven innovation – a relentless pursuit of identifying unmet clinical needs – to benefit patients and healthcare providers. Our portfolio is diverse, with solutions in the fields of vascular and interventional access, interventional cardiology, surgical, anesthesia, cardiac care, interventional urology, urology, emergency medicine and respiratory care. Teleflex employees worldwide are united in the understanding that what we do every day makes a difference. For more information, please visit


Global Operations - Global Operations is a complex and diverse organization within the company which is responsible for product fulfilment to all our customers from end to end. We pride ourselves on being totally Customer Centric in our unrelenting focus on Improving Quality, Service and Value as perceived by our customers. Our employees are dedicated to the Global Operations Enterprise Excellence journey. Join a dynamic, growing team that offers healthcare providers an array of medical technology solutions that make a difference in patients’ lives.

Position Summary

•    Lead the Microbiology team supporting new product development, production, controlled environments, and sterilization.  
•    Supervise the microbiology lab; coordinate and optimize test input, execution, output, and communication.
•    Staff, develop, and direct team to effectively support test execution (bioburden, LAL), sterilization (validation work), and environmental monitoring.
•    Partner with Quality, Regulatory, and Operations on organizational/procedural/strategic decisions.
•    Identify, prioritize, and oversee optimization of deliverables and processes.
•    Provide input into corporate strategic initiatives and execute at a site level.

Principal Responsibilities

•    Staff, develop, and supervise the Microbiology team.
•    Provide guidance to teams through technical, system, and execution challenges.
•    Partner with Design Assurance to coordinate support for sterilization validation testing.
•    Partner with Operations to scope, staff, support, and prioritize environmental monitoring and product release.
•    Partner with Quality Assurance to execute and manage non-conforming events related to microbiology.
•    Support internal and external audits – including preparation and direct interaction with auditors

Education / Experience Requirements

•    BS degree in life sciences 
•    Minimum 5 years’ experience with medical device microbiology laboratory and/or sterilization 
•    Minimum 3 years’ experience managing a team and/or lab
•    Project Management skills and experiencer

Specialized Skills / Other Requirements

•    Ability to supervise and set work direction for a team of microbiologists.
•    Manage lab requests, execution, and output – clearly communicate status.
•    Ability to define, organize, and supervise individual and team tasks.
•    Effective verbal and written communication. 
•    Proficient in technical report writing and review.
•    Interpersonal skills; working in a team and as an individual contributor.
•    Structured and methodical problem-solving approach.
•    Foster a positive culture of growth, collaboration, and achievement across the organization.
•    Thorough understanding of microbiology, contamination control, cleaning/disinfection validation of manufacturing areas, post sterile release, and controlled environments monitoring/maintenance.
•    Thorough understanding of ISO 13485, 17025, 14698 series, 14644 series, along with FDA QSRs.

Teleflex, Inc. is an affirmative action & equal opportunity employer. D/V/M/F. Applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status. If you require accommodation to apply for a position, please contact us at: 262-439-1894.

Teleflex is the home of Arrow®, Deknatel®, Hudson RCI®, LMA®, Pilling®, Rüsch®, UroLift® and Weck® – trusted brands united by a common sense of purpose. Teleflex, the Teleflex logo, Arrow, Deknatel, Hudson RCI, LMA, Pilling, Rüsch, UroLift and Weck are trademarks or registered trademarks of Teleflex Incorporated or its affiliates, in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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