(Associate) Laboratory Operations Specialist (1071-679)

Rockville, Maryland, United States
May 28, 2018
Jun 22, 2018
Full Time

This is a key hands-on, non-supervisory position in USP’s Central Laboratory Operations group. The incumbent will perform duties critical in supporting efficient analytical laboratory operations. The primary function of this position is sample and chemical management including: ordering, receiving, logging, storing, disposal, and reporting.

Additional functions may include: maintaining databases and spreadsheets, tracking and trending quality and compliance issues, serving as backup for laboratory support functions, and leading continuous improvement projects.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Primary Responsibilities

  • Routinely logs, labels and stores incoming samples and chemicals into the Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) database.
  • Proactively manages the chemical inventory and orders needed reagents and solvents as required by laboratory personnel.
  • Actively monitors gathers and properly disposes of samples and chemicals that are expired or not required.
  • Creates spreadsheet and database reports to communicate changes in inventory to laboratory personnel.


Secondary Responsibilities

  • Serves as the primary or backup for laboratory support functions such as: purchase ordering, protective personal equipment management, laboratory supply ordering and receiving, and glassware cleaning.
  • Drafts, revises, and manages standard operating procedures and departmental forms.
  • Identifies, proposes, and implements new procedures and processes to support continuous improvement objectives.
  • Interact with outside departments to ensure laboratories operate in accordance with ISO 9001 and 17025 guidelines and maintain a constant state of audit readiness.

Basic Qualifications


Associate Laboratory Operations Specialist

Associates degree in relevant field of study. Two years of experience of sample and chemical management will be considered in lieu of a degree.


Laboratory Operations Specialist

Bachelors degree in relevant field of study. Four years of experience in sample and chemical management will be considered in lieu of a degree.


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Working knowledge of the requirements of operating in a ISO/cGxP environment.
  • Prior experience handling hazardous chemicals including safety requirements.
  • Prior experience working with controlled substances.
  • Experience entering data into an electronic laboratory notebook such as Waters ELN or equivalent laboratory information management system.
  • Ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) effectively to track and communicate information.
  • Experience implementing continuous improvement projects for analytical laboratories.
  • Detail oriented with a focus on improving efficiencies in assigned workflows.
  • Ability to work independently with other departments.
  • Desire to provide support to internal customers in a cooperative and friendly manner.
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple workflows in a fast-paced environment.
  • Efficient time management skills.


Supervisory Responsibilities 


USP offers an impressive benefits package, including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start
  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately
  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP. 

Job Location Rockville, Maryland, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular