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.

What responsibilities are common for Lab Manager jobs?
  • Design, implement, and oversee the laboratory's quality management program.
  • Meet with nursing and other hospital staff as needed.
  • Implement policies and procedures as relates to specific area.
  • Review, monitor, track and trend technical and employee performance.
  • Coordinate on-site training for new and existing staff members.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned in support of laboratory operations.
  • Extend customer service to include all internal and external customers.
  • Ensure communication of laboratory data and appropriate result reporting.
  • Release samples to laboratory personnel and communicate due dates and update turnaround times.
  • Lead the handling and resolution of complex issues and complaints.
  • Responsible for all employees working at all Labs On Demand facilities.
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and system regulations to provide a safe operation.
  • Ensure compliance with all corporate policy procedures in the laboratory.
  • Expand the lab's research portfolio by helping to develop new research projects and proposals.
  • Establish and maintain all laboratory records in accordance with specifications.
  • Ensure supplies are available as required for lab sessions.
  • Recommend measures to improve testing procedures, use of equipment, and needs for new equipment.
  • Monitor, analyze and justifies expense and revenue within departments.
What are the typical qualifications for Lab Manager jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or engineering, or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with R Language, ASCP, BSL-3, and Pytest processes and systems.
  • Able to deploy dexterity and attention to detail during projects.
  • A leader, critical thinker, and problem solver.
  • Fluency in statistics, spreadsheets, budget planning, cost analysis, and computing.
  • Demonstrated time management acumen.
  • Will strive for continuous improvement.
  • Can collaborate with other team members and clients to solve problems and run programs.
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Lab Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹40,000 /month
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
10%
2 - 4
49%
5 - 7
25%
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16%
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NovogeneAITNovogeneAIT
Lab Officer
29 Aug 2021

“Not suitable to stay for long as there isn't much career progression in the lab department.”

UNDPUNDP
Head of Experimentation
14 Dec 2021

“The mission and everything we did was involved in human socioeconomic development; it was an amazing way of working in projects.”

Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOak Ridge National Laboratory
Stable Isotope Laboratory Manager
27 Sept 2021

“Everything is amazing and great quality of work”

National University of SingaporeNational University of Singapore
Research Lab Manager
20 Apr 2021

“Good place to work and friendly”

Main Line HealthMain Line Health
Lab Supervisor
14 May 2021

“Best place to work and excel”

Digital ProspectorsDigital Prospectors
Clinical Lab Associate
20 Jul 2021

“I felt my sponsor (Seamus) in particular was amazing when it came to being a support during this process.”

OhioHealthOhioHealth
Laboratory Supervisor
21 May 2022

“Laboratory short staffed and pay is not competitive at this time.”

Boehringer IngelheimBoehringer Ingelheim
Lab Manager
18 Nov 2021

“I had a lot of freedom to do what I needed and have fun as well.”

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