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Lab Technician, Central Operations
Ref No.: 18-14026
Location: Canoga Park, California
Job Description
​Essential Job Functions:
  • Follow GMP documents (SOPs, MPs) with strict adherence to safety and compliance
  • Perform and monitor critical processes
  • Perform visual inspections
  • Completes and reviews production documents in real time
  • Prepare buffers/media per defined manufacturing procedures (MPs) and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Orders, receives, and stocks reagents, chemicals, and lab supplies to the appropriate departments, while observing appropriate inventory levels.
  • Hands-on operation, set-up, cleaning, and sanitization of bioreactors and various cell culture support vessels
  • Perform in process sampling of cell culture equipment and operate analytical equipment
  • Perform washroom activities; clean equipment, small to large scale, used in production activities
  • Maintain an organized and clean workspace
  • Work in a clean room environment wearing steel toe shoes, full clean room gowning, hairnet and latex gloves when performing all work
  • Initiate quality nonconformance reports (NCRs)
  • Draft and revise documents (SOPs, MPs)
  • Identify, recommend, and implement improvements related to routine functions
  • Assist in the review of documentation for assigned functions (equipment logs, batch records)
  • Maintains areas in high state of inspection preparedness and safety compliance
  • Works effectively and efficiently in a team-oriented environment to keep GMP Manufacturing operations running smoothly
  • Train individual workers in proper procedures and work instructions
  • Utilizes laboratory equipment such as scales, glassware, and pH meters to perform measurements.
  • Monitors temperatures and maintains complete and accurate records of equipment logs  
  • Operates and maintains steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads
Minimum Requirement / Qualifications Education:
  • 1-2 year college (AA degree) (or equivalent). Bachelors preferred.
  • 2 years working on a GMP Manufacturing or Central Operations environment; four (4 ) years of experience in the absence of AA degree or equivalent.
  • Required - Ability to follow manufacturing procedures (SOPs, PSWIs) and adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), specifically around Good Documentation Practices (GDP) requirements.
  • Willingness to participate or lead PPI Business System Kaizen/Improvement Events.
  • Mindset for continuous improvement.
  • Preferred - Lean or Lean Six Sigma exposure.
  • Ability to work as a cooperative member within diverse teams.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of all business and scientific information and data.  
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with manager and technicians.
  • Ability to sit, stand, and/or walk for long periods of time in a laboratory setting.
  • Computer skills/knowledge - Working knowledge of computers and basic business software.
  • Must be available to work on weekends and nights if needed.
Physical Requirements:
  • Controlled manufacturing/laboratory environment.
  • Position will require frequent communication, sitting, standing for prolonged periods of time walking and/or additional physical requirements in and out of designated area where PPE will be required.
  • Ability to lift 35 to 50 pounds.