Lab Supervisor-Food Microbiology - Reno (Sparks), NV

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Date: Dec 1, 2021

Location: Sparks, Nevada, US

Company: Bureau Veritas


Bureau Veritas offers dynamic, exciting employment opportunities with an attractive salary/benefit package and an opportunity to play a vital role with a global organization. If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.

Bureau Veritas is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such we recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, citizen status, sexual orientation, genetics, status as a protected veteran, or any other non-job-related characteristics.

This position is responsible to ensure equal opportunity in employment in that all persons are treated equally and on the basis of merit, in decisions regarding selection, placement, promotions, training, work assignments, transfers and other personnel actions.

City: [[Reno/Sparks]] 

State: [[NV]]



  • Maximizes human, equipment and financial resources and ensure that they are used appropriately within the food microbiology laboratory.

  • Suggests new processes & procedures that will increase Bureau Veritas’ market share, profile and profitability.

  • Facilitates the production of high quality defensible data, safely and on time.

  • Ensures methods in use meet current and proposed regulatory guidelines.

  • Organizes and directs staff, to maintain a good working environment and ensures continuous improvement in productivity and efficiency.



  •  Co-ordinates requests or recommends resource planning e.g. need for additional staff or equipment within the food microbiology laboratory.

  •  Elevates significant & complex resource issues to Manager.

  •  Monitors lab supplies and equipment.

  •  Develops strategic plans with the objective of preparing the department for continued growth.

  •  Develops and nurtures ongoing relationship with peers in other internal departments and its customers. Works to anticipate their needs and how the operation can meet and exceed their expectations.

  •  With the Manager, assists in developing business plans that increase Bureau Veritas’ profile in the region.

  •  Leads and develops staff - including responsibility for recruitment of new employees, setting objectives, evaluating performance and expectations, coaching and mentoring, working jointly with employees in the development of their career path, ensuring that adequate training is provided.

  • Handles performance and attendance management issues (with input from Management and Human Resources).

  •  Develops and maintains a positive work environment for employees.

  •  Acts as microbiology technical resource for Manager, Client Services and staff

  •  Ensures that employees are following the SOPs and work to reduce non-conformances.

  • Provides information, instructions, and assistance to all staff in order to protect the health and safety of our employees.

  • Understands and enforces our EHS Policy as well as the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

  • Provides all staff with proper, well-maintained equipment, plus any other special personal protective devices, which may be required.

  • Provides bi-weekly safety talks with their staff.

  • Participates in monthly worksite inspections of their area.

  • Ensures hazard assessments and critical task analysis are done within their area of responsibility.

  • Monitors staff and hold them accountable for their individual safety performance.

  • Leads by example.

  • Acts as a positive change agent in supporting Bureau Veritas’ new initiatives (operational and cultural).

  • Adheres to Bureau Veritas Code of Ethics Policy.

  • Supports and complies with all Bureau Veritas’ policies, Quality System and Health & Safety program.

  • Participates/performs, when requested in department and Health & Safety meetings.

  • Participates/performs, when requested in internal and external audits.

  • Keeps work area clean, neat and organized.

  • Maintains training records and relevant qualifications.

  • All other responsibilities as assigned



  •  Excellent understanding of aseptic technique and cross contamination

  • mitigation within the food microbiology laboratory.

  •  Accurately follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and

  • instructions within the food microbiology laboratory to include AOAC,

  • FDA BAM, USDA MLG and customer specific methods.

  •  Assesses problems and recommends solutions.

  •  Excellent up-to-date knowledge of laboratory process and automation

  • to include quantitative and qualitative food microbiology

  • methodology and how to stream line for efficiencies.

  •  Pathogen technologies to include BAX-PCR, 3M-MDS, BioRad PCR.

  • Diagnostic experience to include Salmonella serology and pathogen

  • confirmation workflow.




  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal.

  • Flexibility to deal with different situations and personalities.

  • Positive outlook with an ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

  • Works under pressure to meet changing deadlines and shifting priorities.

  • Good time-management, communication, multi-tasking and priority setting skills.

  • Adapts to a changing environment.

  • Works both independently and as part of a team.

  • Detail orientated and record keeping skills.

  • Learns quickly.

  • Good interpersonal skills.

  • Computer Skills:

  •  Excellent computer skills.

  •  Thorough understanding of Laboratory Information Management

  • System (LIMS).

  • Minimum Qualifications:

  •  Demonstrated success in the role of Team Lead.

  •  5 years of experience in specific environment of which 2 are at a

  • leadership level.

  • Education:

  •  B.Sc. Biology, Microbiology or Food Science, or technical diploma and

  • equivalent experience. Clinical microbiology experience may be

  • considered.

  • Working Conditions:

  •  May involve long periods of standing.

  •  Some lifting and carrying (up to 10 kgs).

  •  Requires flexible working hours, overtime and shift work.

  •  Hazardous materials are handled using established safety procedures and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).



Leadership Skills

  • Ability to deal with different situations and personalities.

  • Good team building, training, and coaching skills.

  • Good interpersonal skills.

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