This position is responsible for the direct supervision of a team (up to 9 Laboratory Animal Technicians) performing functions in support of Animal Resources (AR) operations in accordance with federal, state and local regulations, guidelines and policies on the use of laboratory animals. This includes coordinating animal receipt and care, facility and equipment maintenance and upgrade events, and ensuring appropriate oversight of staff and activities, training and competency of staff, and execution of standard and highly specialized procedures in work environments with heavy regulatory oversight. In addition, this position will serve as SME and/or Administrator for critical systems, equipment and procedures. This position may include rotational oversight assignment for various animal and/or support areas.
As an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim, you will actively contribute to the discovery, development and delivery of our products to our patients and customers. Our global presence provides opportunity for all employees to collaborate internationally, offering visibility and opportunity to directly contribute to the companies' success. We realize that our strength and competitive advantage lie with our people. We support our employees in a number of ways to foster a healthy working environment, meaningful work, diversity and inclusion, mobility, networking and work-life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefit programs reflect Boehringer Ingelheim's high regard for our employees.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Functions with primary responsibility as a first-line supervisor for a team of up to 9 Laboratory Animal Technicians with authority over job performance and input into development.
Maintains technical abilities to directly train/verify team in operations procedures, and provide support, as needed.
Actively supports and performs, directly monitors and is accountable for activities related to animal husbandry of assigned routine and specialized animal colonies (including but not limited to bioclean
barriers, biocontainment barriers, germ-free/gnotobiotic colonies, and other specialized research models such as transgenic rodents, immunodeficient strains, rodent syngeneic tumor models, breeding strains), cleaning and maintenance of associated facilities, specialized equipment operation and maintenance (e.g., cage washers, sanitation equipment, autoclaves, mixing stations)and waste removal through appropriate waste streams.
Serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME)/Key User/Administrator, as appropriate for husbandry operations, including specialized husbandry operations to support unique research animal models and associated specialized housing support such as IVCs, biosafety cabinets, laminar flow cleanbenches, reverse light cycles, equipment and systems (e.g., Edstrom Watchdog, Granite Elements, Honeywell Historian, VHP decontamination).
Supports and responds to macroenvironmental parameters outside of specifications for all animal species and equipment alarms 24 hours/day.
Assists in arranging international transport and receipt of specialized rodent strains between global BI sites and collaborating institutions, and in setting up quarantine procedures to mitigate disease-related cross-contamination.
Supports facility renovation projects and assists in space allocation, animal and equipment relocation, and process changes in support of building upgrades and to meet the needs of various therapeutic areas.
Complies with and ensures staff compliance with applicable company policies and guidance, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Federal, State and local regulations (i.e., USDA, FDA GLPs) and work performance in a safe manner.
May serve as SME during USDA inspections and actively participates in AAALAC site visits.
Functions as a team member, mentor and leader; displays behaviors and attributes required to complete inter-dependent and cross-functional tasks within a highly dynamic work environment where success depends on effective communication, coordination, prioritization and multi-tasking, cooperation and personal accountability.
Sets and communicates clear expectations and directives for staff, prioritizing and coordinating work schedules and assignments. Ensures appropriate and timely follow-up to ensure quality and compliant completion of work.
Communicates effectively and at appropriate frequency with NDS/AR management, Investigators/Study Directors, Veterinary staff, ISEE (i.e., facilities maintenance technicians, engineers, EHS) and vendors.
Ensures timely and accurate completion of GLP compliant facility and study-related documentation including data collection, quality (QC) record review, correction and deviation preparation, records assembly for retention and archive.
Trains and verifies proficiency of team members in AR operations and procedures; oversees training conducted by junior associates. Serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in AR operations. May provide training to investigators in animal care procedures, equipment (e.g., rack usage) and processes.
Identifies, evaluates and implements new technologies, equipment, methodologies and processes aimed at animal program improvement or advancement and in support of continuous process improvement (CPI).
Authors/edits SOPs, Operating Instructions (OIs), and Job Safety Assessments (JSAs), to ensure consistent, compliant and safe work practices.
H.S. diploma plus 10 years of experience in related scientific discipline or equivalent, or A.S. from an accredited institution in relevant scientific field and seven-plus (7+) years of experience in related scientific discipline or equivalent in experience in related field OR; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and five (5) years or equivalent
AALAS certification at the LATG level is required.
CMAR certification is highly desirable.
Prior experience working in a GLP environment is strongly preferred.
Computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint) required; skills in Topaz Elements and Edstrom Watchdog desirable
Strict attention to detail and follow-up skills are essential.
Technical writing skills are required.
Excellent interpersonal skills and conflict resolution skills, ability to perform in a team environment are critical.
Internal Number: 2013002
About Boehringer Ingelheim
Improving the health and quality of life of humans and animals is the goal of the research-driven pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. The focus in doing so is on diseases for which no satisfactory treatment option exists to date. The company therefore concentrates on developing innovative therapies that can extend patients’ lives. In animal health, Boehringer Ingelheim stands for advanced prevention.