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Science - Assoc Dir - San Juan Capistrano, CA in San Juan Capistrano, CA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 2/19/2019

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As an Associate Director, Science at Quest Diagnostics, you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career that will provide you the opportunity to collaborate and affect change while expanding your leadership skills and technical knowledge. You can make a real impact in a market that is growing and developing.

The Associate Director, Science acting under the leadership of the licensed Medical Director and/or designated Scientific Director in Advanced Diagnostics and in collaboration with R&D, Clinical Franchises, and Operations is responsible for aligning the Company’s Molecular Genetic technical, regulatory, and operational strategies to maximize high-quality patient care and ensure continuous business growth throughout the enterprise. 

Associate Director, Science, the role:

Principal duties of the position require operational, managerial, and technical oversight of Molecular Genetic activities including troubleshooting and technical operation of laboratory instrumentation and assay methodologies, identifying solutions to technically related customer concerns, and partnering with the operations and research teams on developing and implementing method modifications under the direction and approval of a licensed Medical Director and/or designated Scientific Director or Chief Director in Advanced Diagnostics.

Job responsibilities:

  • Help direct, plan and manage Molecular Genetics activities of scientists and other resources for feasibility studies, new product development, modifications and improvements of assays and newly and modified platforms, troubleshooting of assays, and transfer to operations and launch. 

  • Involved in testing and implementation of new and modified reporting interfaces (SOFT, Qbio, Molgen).

  • Partner with Advanced Diagnostics R&D and Management to help develop plans and approaches for new products. 

  • Accountable for ensuring that assigned product development projects are done according to the Company’s Design Control Process and are compliant with all domestic and international regulatory requirements. 

  • Coordinates with direct supervisor on expert advice to executive leadership and technical personnel regarding development technologies and activities.

  • Oversee SOP development of all documentation outlining process improvements of assigned assay(s).

  • Help reviews testing which may be reloaded to Quest Diagnostics regional laboratory facilities.

To qualify, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Doctoral degree (PhD), or equivalent years of relevant clinical laboratory industry or research experience. 

  • Two (2) or more years of clinical laboratory experience (or its equivalent), with at least five (5) years in the field of testing performed by the department/division.

  • Proven personnel management strength including demonstrated ability to select, motivate, develop, evaluate performance, discipline, and promote collaborative team efforts

  • Knowledge and understanding of the trends and forces shaping the health care delivery system, the provision of care, and other emerging issues in healthcare management.

  • Demonstrated flexibility and initiative to effectively lead change efforts to respond to marketplace or organizational changes.

  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Highly developed ability to work effectively with a variety of constituencies, and ability to lead and manage through influence and delegation.

  • Demonstrated fiscal management capabilities including effective expense reduction, utilization, management, and budget control.

  • Demonstrated capabilities in cross-functional process assessment, problem- solving and process improvement.

  • Demonstrated experience in organizing and assigning work, allocating resources, and scheduling appropriate staff mix.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current technical, quality control, and quality assurance procedures and laboratory information systems.

  • Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.

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