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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 System Specialist Tues-Sat 7am-4:30pm

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Accessioning Systems Specialist maintains the functionality of systems utilized in the fast-paced Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-certified clinical laboratory. This position provides troubleshooting, maintenance, and training to the Accessioning team on systems, and ensures procedures relating to systems are streamlined. This position helps systems-related processes perform in accordance with regulatory requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Write Accessioning Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), including new SOPs and updates or revisions to existing SOPs; sign-off on SOPs to document knowledge and agreement.
  • Prepare Document Accessioning Non-Conformances, including the initiation and investigation of an escalated incident.
  • Train employees on new procedures and ensure that staff is sufficiently trained to perform assigned tasks.
  • Meet with internal and external stakeholders regarding laboratory processes to ensure alignment.
  • Mentor Accessioning team members on best systems practice and provide development initiatives.
  • Provide input and recommendations to improve daily operations in accessioning and/or in the laboratory as a whole.
  • Respond to laboratory information management systems (LIMS) and customer relationship management systems (CRM) malfunctions; document cause and solution to all laboratory system malfunctions.
  • Identify and lead process improvements to streamline operations and optimize workflows.
  • Design, in partnership with Quality Assurance, compliance adherence initiatives.
  • Complete routine assessments of adherence to safety protocols in the laboratory and execute upon steps designed to ensure these protocols are maintained.
  • Be “embedded” in the CRM and LIMS development teams to ensure new and updated software capabilities are fit for purposes of the Accessioning Team.
  • Work with the Commercial Team to support the use of Electronic Procurement and Invoicing Center (EPIC) generated requisitions in addition to the FMI Test Requisition Forms.
  • Represent Accessioning department in meetings and project groups.
  • Lead integration of new systems updates.
  • 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 setting; OR,
  • Bachelor’s Degree and 2+ years of laboratory experience in a CAP/CLIA environment
  • 2+ years of experience with a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Client Relationship Management System (CRM systems)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 8+ years of professional experience with accessioning and/or anatomic pathology
  • 4+ years of experience working in an accessioning department in a CAP/CLIA laboratory environment
  • Proven track record working as a subject matter expert in an Accessioning Department
  • Demonstrated experience handling multiple tasks at once
  • Demonstrated experience working within tight timelines for successful execution of project and program goals
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, specifically anatomic pathology specimen descriptions
  • 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
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborate with peers in a fast-paced and cross-functional results-oriented team environment
  • Excellent computer/data entry and verbal and written communication skills
  • High attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • 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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