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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.


Supervisor, Accessioning - Commercial 2nd shift (tues-sat)

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Full Time

About the Job

The Supervisor, Accessioning is responsible for ensuring that work in FMI’s accessioning lab is performed in accordance with applicable regulations, including Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), College of American Pathologists (CAP) and New York state guidelines and other regulatory bodies. This position manages the Accessioning team’s productivity within Lab Operations, maintains coordination and supervision of all accessioning functions, and meets corporate goals for turn-around-time (TAT). This supervisory role is responsible for staff scheduling as well as the professional development and support of Accessioning Technicians.

Key Responsibilities

• Plan and supervise the daily operation of the Accessioning department to ensure that schedules are maintained, all deadlines are met, and operational efficiency is achieved.

• Establish and routinely evaluate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to provide input and recommendations that improve daily operations for operational excellence and to ensure the effective use of resources.

• Interview and participate in hiring of Accessioning Technicians.

• Provide feedback and mentorship to Accessioning Technicians, draft and deliver performance reviews, and ensure compliance with FMI expectations.

• Coordinate Accessioning team duties, including assignments and administration of functions.

• Provide input and recommendations that improve daily operations and ensure the effective use of resources.

• Oversee cross-site and cross-functional collaboration to ensure the highest quality standards are maintained.

• Ensure patient or/physician inquiries receive timely responses.

• Oversee training and competency assessments of Lab Technicians.

• Oversee the management of new and existing standard operating procedures (SOPs).

• Maintain proper documentation, including proper specimen handling, labeling, and preparation of worksheets.

• Ensure specimen identification and integrity is maintained throughout all processes.

• Promote accuracy and integrity of specimen processing functions.

• Enforce proper safety measures, including disposal and labeling of biohazard waste.

• Ensure regulatory compliance by following department and corporate safety policies.

• Participate in biohazard, chemical, radiation safety, and other education programs.

• Assist with accessioning schedule changes, including weekend or off-hours work.

• Work in a lab environment using chemicals and reagents.

• Collaborate with other departments and colleagues for problem solving.

• Perform other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

• High School Diploma or General Education Degree

• 8+ years of experience working in a biotech, healthcare or supply chain role

• 1+ year(s) of experience in a team lead or supervisory role

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelors’ Degree

• 9+ years of experience working in a CLIA laboratory or other clinical diagnostics setting

• 5+ years of experience in a supervisory role within a CLIA Laboratory

• Prior use of laboratory management systems or the ability to learn these systems

• Demonstrated experience working within tight timelines for successful execution of project and program goals

• Demonstrated experience handling multiple tasks at once

• Ability to handle multiple tasks at once and work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a professional demeanor

• Ability to collaborate, problem solve, and effectively communicate with other departments and colleagues via verbal and written correspondence

• Ability to work independently as well as collaborate with peers in a fast-paced and cross-functional results-oriented team environment

• 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

• Demonstrated attention to detail and strong organizational skills

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Strong computer proficiency and data entry 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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