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Laboratory Director - Eurofins Environment Testing - Chicago, IL

Chicago, Illinois, US
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Laboratory Director - Eurofins Environment Testing - Chicago, IL
  • University Park, IL, USA
  • Full-time

Eurofins Scientific is an international life sciences company, providing a unique range of analytical testing services to clients across multiple industries, to make life and our environment safer, healthier and more sustainable. From the food you eat, to the water you drink, to the medicines you rely on, Eurofins laboratories work with the biggest companies in the world to ensure the products they supply are safe, their ingredients are authentic and labelling is accurate.

The Eurofins network of companies is the global leader in food, environment, pharmaceutical and cosmetic product testing and in agroscience Contract Research Organisation services. It is one of the market leaders in certain testing and laboratory services for genomics, discovery pharmacology, forensics, advanced material sciences and in the support of clinical studies, as well as having an emerging global presence in Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisations. It also has a rapidly developing presence in highly specialised and molecular clinical diagnostic testing and in-vitro diagnostic products.

In over 30 years, Eurofins has grown from one laboratory in Nantes, France to 58,000 staff across a decentralised and entrepreneurial network of 900 laboratories in over 54 countries. Eurofins companies offer a portfolio of over 200,000 analytical methods to evaluate the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability and purity of biological substances and products.

In 2021, Eurofins generated total revenues of EUR 6.72 billion, and has been among the best performing stocks in Europe over the past 20 years.

The Laboratory Director is responsible for maintaining positive operating margin at the laboratory level and for meeting and exceeding the annual budget. Supervises all laboratory personnel and provides leadership and direction as needed.

Responsible for ensuring compliance and integration of facility operation with corporate and regulatory policies and procedures. The lab director will serve as a liaison with corporate business partners and will champion Company policies, vision, and mission.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1.Manages the laboratory to provide positive operating margin and meet annual budgetary goals.

2.The laboratory director will be responsible for the culture of the lab and the employee engagement of personnel under their hierarchy. The lab director will act confidentially in employee matters and partner with Human Resources to ensure that all policies and programs are applied consistently throughout the laboratory.

3. Builds and maintains positive customer relationships and sales growth through direct interaction with customers and Eurofins sales personnel.

4.Establishes and maintains an active and positive safety culture and ensures that the Employee Health and Safety procedures are implemented and followed to maintain facility operations that are compliant with appropriate policies and regulations.

5. Collaborates with the Quality Assurance Manager to ensure that SOPs for the facility are implemented and reviewed on a regular basis so that the facility is operated in a compliant manner which allows it to produce defensible data.

6. Prioritizes the activities of the operations groups to ensure key goals are achieved and customer service needs are addressed.

7. Provides periodic reports to Business Unit Manager to ensure that goals and objectives are being achieved and to recognize opportunities for development.

8. Works with Project Managers and Customer Service Managers to ensure the accurate forecast of receipts, provide quality analytical data to clients and meet on- time delivery dates.

9. Leads Business Team activities to develop and implement sales strategies to ensure budgetary goals are achieved. Ability to travel for business purposes is required.

10. Communicates facility-specific goals and objectives to employees. Communicates and implements company initiatives designed to foster teamwork and communication.

11. Fulfills supervisory responsibilities with direct reports to achieve strong staff performance. Mentors key employees.

12. Evaluates and maintains appropriate staffing levels to support operational needs and budgetary requirements. Collaborates with the Business Controller and HR Business Partner to discuss and review manpower regularly.

13. Works with the IT Group to ensure that the facility has appropriate Information Technology resources and that they are being used effectively to support operational requirements.

14. Actively participates in the process of sharing and adopting best practices within Eurofins. Provides technical assistance to other Eurofins laboratories as needed to improve productivity and customer service.

15. Approves of all laboratory purchases including capital spending approvals to support the business plan and maintain profitability.

16. Collaborates with the Business Controller to review financial information for the lab and put into place actions to proactively manage laboratory cost controls and financial performance.

17.Responsible for upholding and enforcing Company policies, including but not limited to, Quality, Safety, Standard Operating Procedures, Ethics, and Harassment.

18. Expected to champion Health & Safety and assume ownership for the safety of those employees within her/his responsibility.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


BS in Chemistry or a science-related field, preferred.

5 years management experience

5 years analytical experience or related technical knowledge

· Attendance :

Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions.

Local and Client Specific as required to support operational and client needs.


· Familiarity with laboratory operations and services

· Familiarity with EPA, DOT, OSHA, and DOL regulations


· Excellent verbal and written skills

· Strong customer relations skills


· Ability to manage a business at a profit/loss responsibility level

· Ability to control operating budgets

· Ability to develop and enforce policies and operating practices

· Ability to prioritize and delegate responsibilities

· Ability to successfully handle contract and other negotiations

· Problem-solving abilities

Eurofins Environment Testing Businesses in US are routinely engaged in Federal Contracts. Federal Governmentvaccination mandates may apply to staff working in these businesses. Successful applicants will be required to confirm vaccination status or demonstrate eligibility for medical or religious exemptions prior to commencing employment.

As a Eurofins employee, you will become part of a company that has received national recognition as a great place to work. We offer excellent full-time benefits including comprehensive medical coverage, life and disability insurance, 401(k) with company match, paid holidays, paid time off, and dental and vision options.

To learn more about Eurofins Environment Testing America, please explore our website

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Eurofins is aM/F, Disabled, and Veteran Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

Eurofins is aM/F, Disabled, and Veteran Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

Eurofins is a M/F, Disabled, and Veteran Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

Eurofins Environment Testing Businesses in the US are routinely engaged in Federal Contracts. Federal Government vaccination mandates may apply to staff working in these businesses. Successful applicants may be required to confirm vaccination status or demonstrate eligibility for medical or religious exemptions prior to commencing employment. In addition, certain positions require travel for which vaccination is required in accordance with Eurofins policy.
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