Kelly Services Lab Manager in Indianapolis, Indiana


Responsible, with the guidance of the laboratory General Manager, for laboratory operations of the Wet Chemistry department within the laboratory, including the production flow of the department, personnel and staffing, planning, and technical guidance. Plays a proactive role in defining and creating effective, productive departments.


  • Develop and implementing day-to-day workload scheduling

  • Define and managing to the required capacity of the departments and working with the staff to ensure they understand their roles in helping the departments and the lab meet their objectives

  • Instill a “can-do” production environment relative to meeting due dates and technical requirements, with staff assignments that maximize the time and capabilities of all personnel involved

  • Set production goals

  • Work with lab general manager to prepare appropriate budget and staffing plans

  • Assess costs and benefits of requested changes in the departments, so that appropriate decisions can be made, based on all available information

  • Prioritize activities within the departments that must be completed to meet personnel and production goals

  • Empower department members to take responsibility to execute parts of a plan, as appropriate

  • Provide input to the lab management team, in a proactive manner, on issues that affect the entire lab

  • Provide technical guidance to staff on a daily basis, in order to build their skills and to positively affect production flow

  • As required within the departments, oversee the work, ensure technical accuracy, and provide data review and validation tasks

  • Explore technical options within the department, such as instrumentation or automation

  • Provide needed technical guidance to project management and sales staff

  • Respond in a timely manner to requests for review of project criteria and raising issues which will help maximize client satisfaction

  • Encourage staff to raise questions in their daily operations, so that their concerns are addressed and so that options to clients can be presented

  • Proactively present ideas to project management and sales team that will enhance laboratory offering

  • In conjunction with sales and/or project management staff, respond to client requests or concerns

  • Promote cooperation and teamwork among staff and compliance with company policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Understand and implement the required staffing for the departments with the appropriate flexibility to respond to the peaks and valleys of the workload

  • Work with human resources personnel to define the appropriate alternative sources for effective staffing

  • Seek guidance of the lab operations manager or lab general manager to respond to new ideas or suggestions relative to staffing alternatives

  • Create training records and training plans as a living document

  • Holding regular formal and informal performance reviews of staff in your departments

  • Influence the staff in a positive way, while seeking their input, and creating a positive working environment

  • Positively promote the strategies and decisions of the lab, while responding quickly to concerns of staff

  • Retain and motivate staff to provide for a cohesive team; while effectively bringing in temporary staff as needed


  • Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in chemistry or science-related from four-year college or university

  • Experience in an environmental testing lab

  • Supervisory experience preferred

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