What does a Lab Manager do?
Lab managers ensure a laboratory operates smoothly by scheduling staff, reordering supplies, and maintaining all security protocols and standards. They utilize managerial skills, and lab safety know-how to ensure laboratories are safe and continue to operate without a hiccup. They take responsibility for all aspects at the lab, which includes tracking and monitoring equipment, watching out for employees, monitoring and replenishing supplies, software security, and documentation of events.
Lab managers also train lab technicians and assistants on the correct use of equipment and mentor and discipline lab staff when necessary. They ensure their employees follow industry standards and safety regulations for the handling and disposal of test samples. They maintain a schedule that tracks lab equipment used and time for staff members, and they are responsible for purchasing lab supplies or preparing an ordering list. They often handle security documents and ensure all information and data collected in the lab is kept safe. Lab managers need a bachelor's degree in business, management, or related fields.
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“Not suitable to stay for long as there isn't much career progression in the lab department.”
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“Best place to work and excel”
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“I had a lot of freedom to do what I needed and have fun as well.”
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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a lab manager
When working as a lab manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Calibration, UNIX Linux, Operating Systems, Server Configuration and Good Time Management.
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The most common qualifications to become a lab manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.