Associate Science Director in Chantilly, VA at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 1/29/2021

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Patients and Physicians rely on our diagnostic testing, information and services to help them make better healthcare decisions. These are often serious decisions with far-reaching consequences, and require sensitivity, tact and a clear dedication to service. It’s about providing clarity and hope.

As an Associate Science Director, you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge. You’ll have a role where you can act with professionalism, you can inspire colleagues, and you can care about the work we do and the people we serve.

This professional will work from our Chantilly, VA location.

Associate Science Director, the role:

The Associate Science Director will assist with directing, planning, and managing the scientific/medical quality of the technical department. This professional works with scientists and medical technologists on the development and optimization of clinical assays. The Associate Science Director provides expert advice to management and technical personnel regarding development technologies and activities. 

Job responsibilities:

  • Assists with test method selection and validation.
  • Ensures that proficiency testing program is conducted in a timely manner, reviewed by appropriate staff, and approve of corrective action when a proficiency testing result is found to be unsatisfactory.
  • Assists with monitoring quality control to ensure that acceptable levels of analytical performance are maintained for each test system. Ensures that patient test results are reported only when the system is functioning properly.
  • Reviews corrective action and preventative action plans and procedures.
  • Routinely reviews Standard Operating Procedures for test systems.
  • Provides discussion of assay data for clients via personal interaction.
  • Provides clinical consultation to clients of the laboratory.
  • Ensures that test results include pertinent information required for interpretation.
  • Communicates matters about quality of test results and interpretation in relation to specific patient conditions.
  • Ensures safety procedures applicable to the department clearly defined and strictly enforced through proper delegation to laboratory supervisors. Reviews all safety procedure updates and revisions.
  • Assists with the polices on quality and accuracy of reporting of test results. Maintains appropriate communications both intra and inter-departmentally.
  • Ensures departments are in compliance with all applicable local, state and federal licensing regulations.
  • Participates in continuous improvement utilizing the Quest Management System (QMS).
  • Assists with the on-going research and development of new assays, troubleshooting and/or improvements of current assays.
  • Participates, as needed, in the formulation and coordination for sales and marketing objectives and programs.
  • Assists in the identification of new clients and services.
  • Functions as a liaison between laboratory clients and the sales and marketing organization.
  • Provides assistance to Sales and Marketing in terms of writing technical brochures and, as required, give lectures to clients and sales representatives.
  • Serves as Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute representative to the scientific community via services, publications, presentations, etc.
  • Accountable for quality and timeliness of projects involving themselves or colleagues.

To qualify, the ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • M.D., D.O., or D.D.S. degree, or an earned doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., Sc.D.) in a relevant chemical, physical, or biological science major from an accredited institution
  • Typically requires at least 2 years of work experience inclusive of postdoctoral fellowship.
  • ABMM certification or eligibility is preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communications. 
  • Ability to understand and critically analyze internal product development documents and business presentations, general business periodicals, relevant technical journals, and applicable governmental regulations.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to common inquiries or complaints from employees, executives, vendors, customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the scientific community.
  • Ability to analyze an extensive variety of business and technical information, make appropriate assumptions, and understand the implications of both the data limitations and assumptions on the conclusions drawn.  Ability to effectively analyze and challenge data and conclusions generated by others.
  • Must be able to lead projects and programs, set standards, and train staff.  Must develop staff to independently solve technical problems; must act as a lead source t scientific knowledge in the business unit.  Familiarity with clinical laboratory practices and operations is desirable.  

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Join us for competitive benefits and development opportunities in a progressive and supportive environment. Help us improve our service, and the experiences of our patients and colleagues. Work with us and together we can be better.

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All requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Quest Diagnostics is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Women / Minorities / Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity or Citizenship.

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