Group Lead, Lab Positive Certifying in Lenexa, KS at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 11/27/2022

Job Snapshot

  • Location:
    10101 Renner Boulevard
    Lenexa, KS
  • Date Posted:
  • Function
  • Job Family
    Laboratory Operations
  • Remote
  • Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Shift

Job Description

To review chain of custody, analytical data, and documentation of testing processes to ensure accuracy, completeness, and defensibility of test results and reporting documents prior to release of a result report.  In addition, to lead certifying scientists and coordinate work and scheduling of certification processes. This position reports to and is evaluated by the Responsible Person. 
  • Certify drug testing results according to the Laboratory’s Standard Operations Procedure (SOP) Manual.  
  • Ensure that all test results reported by the laboratory are accurate and legally defensible. 
  • Ensure that all certifying scientists are performing the certification process according to SOP. 
  • Schedule and adjust work schedules of certification staff in order to achieve desired service levels. 
  • Help to ensure that all certifying scientists maintain:   
    • the ability to describe the standard drug testing procedures from point of collection to positive certification in a court of law  
    • the ability to interact with clients, medical review officers, call center representatives and sales staff in a professional manner in order to address any questions pertaining to the drug testing process. 
    • a working knowledge of the accessioning procedures and protocols to ensure proper specimen and chain of custody handling  
    • a working knowledge of the theory and practice of all initial tests, adulteration tests and confirmation test methods used in the laboratory 
    • a through understanding of all laboratory quality control practices and procedures 
    • a through understanding of the data review process, interpretation of test results and protocols for reporting results 
    • a through understanding of all federal, state and other regulatory requirements as they pertain to all aspects of forensic drug testing 
    • the ability to take proper remedial action in response to test systems being out of control limits or detecting aberrant test or quality control results. 
  • Provide appropriate feedback to the Responsible Person in order to assist in maintaining an accurate SOP. 
  • Maintain the ability to provide corrective feedback to all certification staff to ensure that laboratory and applicable regulatory protocols are followed. 
  • Function as a technical resource for department personnel in all sections of the laboratory. 
  • Comply with all safety and regulatory requirements as defined and applicable 
  • Participate in the training of new personnel when indicated 
  • Approve and review payroll and benefit hours for accuracy and completeness 
  • Conduct staff meetings on a regular basis to identify and resolve issues and to review quality metrics. 
  • Ensure compliance with safety requirements 
  • Ensure that staff is reviewed regularly for performance. Provides coaching, as needed. 
  • Other duties, as assigned by the Responsible Person 

Required Work Experience:  

  • Six or more years of forensic toxicology experience or equivalent, including a minimum of 4 years as a positive certifying scientist in a DHHS certified laboratory. 
  • Training and experience in performing laboratory testing and reporting, maintenance of chain of custody, and understanding proper remedial action in response to problems with equipment or procedures.

Preferred Work Experience:   N/A Physical and Mental Requirements:   N/A Knowledge: 

  • Detailed knowledge of laboratory SOPs and testing technologies. 
  • Detailed knowledge of applicable workplace drug testing Federal and state regulations 


  • Strong communication and leadership skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt as needs of the business change. 

Bachelor’s Degree(Required)

In-house Certifying Scientist training program and approval by the Laboratory Director to perform independent functions(Required)
State requirements for certification as Laboratory Technologist or General Supervisor(Required)