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Every patient sample is a story.

That's why our Lab Ops team is focused on providing physicians with comprehensive genomic information about each person's cancer. Information that's as unique as the patients are. The insights discovered in our labs may help change their story.


Accessioning Lead ( Tues. - Sat. 3:00-11:30pm)

  • Kit Creek Road, Morrisville, North Carolina, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Accessioning Lead performs critical sample receipt and data entry functions in FMI’s Certified
Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified clinical laboratory. This role helps to drive
production within the accessioning department and assists in maintaining the daily operations within
the production laboratory, ensuring schedules are maintained and deadlines are met. The
Accessioning Lead is assigned to one of three shifts and may be assigned to work any day that the lab
is operational.

This is a regulated position and additional information may be available from FMI Quality Assurance
regarding regulatory guidelines.

Regular onsite work at a designated FMI location is an essential function of this role.

Key Responsibilities

• Perform data entry into the FMI Laboratory Information Management System, including assigning
specific computer-generated identification numbers to each sample.

• Route samples into the appropriate workflow and ensure downstream staff is alerted to sample
• Maintain required documentation, including proper specimen handling, labeling and preparation of
• Maintain specimen identification and integrity throughout all processes of the department.
• Dispose and label biohazard waste appropriately.
• Perform a Quality Control check of all assigned cases.
• Document Accessioning Non-Conformances, including the initiation and investigation of an
escalated incident.
• Support in collecting and maintaining the Accessioning daily, weekly and monthly metrics.
• Perform weekly communication huddles with the Accessioning Team providing updates and
feedback when necessary.
• Follow-up with Client Services regarding the resolution of complaints and providing feedback to the
Accessioning team.
• Oversee the management of standard operating procedures (SOPs), both new SOPs plus updates
and upgrades to existing standard operating procedures.
• Interview and participate in hiring of Accessioning Technicians.
• Ensure regulatory compliance by following local, business unit and corporate safety policies.
• Guide and mentor less experienced Accessioning Technicians in laboratory operations and
procedures, providing best practice information to the team.
• Identify and inform supervisor of any issues that need to be escalated.
• Assist with accessioning schedule changes if requested by a supervisor, including occasional
weekend or off-hours work availability.
• Create and assign the weekly task schedule for the department.
• Participate in biohazard, chemical, and general safety and other education programs.
• Represent Accessioning department in meetings and project groups.
• Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications
• High School Diploma or General Education Degree AND 7+ years of experience working as an
Accessioning Technician in an Accessioning department in a laboratory or other clinical diagnostics
• OR Bachelor’s Degree AND 4+ years of experience working as an Accessioning Technician in an
Accessioning department in a laboratory or other clinical diagnostics setting

Preferred Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree
• 4+ years of experience working in an Accessioning department in CLIA laboratory
• 8+ years of professional experience with accessioning and/or anatomic pathology
• Prior use of laboratory information management systems (LIMS)
• Knowledge of medical terminology, specifically anatomic pathology specimen descriptions
• Excellent computer/data entry and communication skills
• Demonstrated attention to detail and strong organizational skills
• Demonstrated experience handling multiple tasks at once
• Ability to work independently as well as collaborate with peers in a fast-paced and cross-functional
results-oriented team environment
• Demonstrated experience working within tight timelines for successful execution of project and
program goals
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to work well under pressure while maintaining a professional demeanor
• Ability to prioritize and thoroughly follow up on assigned tasks
• Ability to adapt to changing procedures, policies and work environment
• Understanding of HIPAA and importance of privacy of patient data
• Commitment to FMI values: patients, innovation, collaboration, and passion


Please be aware that Foundation Medicine mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location. Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law. 


About Foundation Medicine

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (FMI) began with an idea—to simplify the complex nature of cancer genomics, bringing cutting-edge science and technology to everyday cancer care. Our approach generates insights that help doctors match patients to more treatment options and helps accelerate the development of new therapies. Foundation Medicine is the culmination of talented people coming together to realize an important vision, and the work we do every day impacts real lives.

Confidence, or the belief that we need to check every box before applying for a job, can sometimes hold us back from going after a role that inspires us. At Foundation Medicine there's no such thing as the 'perfect' applicant, and our company is a place where every employee can make an impact and continue to grow whatever background they may have or path they may have taken. So, as long as you meet the basic qualifications for a role, please apply if you see a position that would make you excited to come into Foundation Medicine every day and help us transform cancer care.

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