Lab Operations Manager

POSTED: October 24, 2019
BUSINESS: Inari Agriculture, Inc.
START DATE: Immediate Availability


This is a great opportunity for an experienced laboratory operations manager to join our diverse and fast-growing team. In this role, you will be the Laboratory Operations Manager for our site located in West Lafayette, Indiana. This position ensures the critical day-to-day operation of the laboratories to support our fast-paced product development capabilities. This role will report directly to the Inari-West Lafayette Site Manager and will work collaboratively with our other sites located in Cambridge, MA and Ghent, Belgium.


  • Work closely with laboratory personnel and Site Manager to efficiently manage the day-to-day operations of the laboratories according to operational and safety needs, and Inari culture
  • Develop and maintain standard operating procedures and preventative maintenance schedules for all laboratory equipment
  • Ensure all necessary supplies and reagents are ordered, received and delivered as needed; maintain a common stock room with an accurate and up-to-date inventory of supplies and reagents
  • Provide support in the preparation of all basic laboratory solutions and media
  • Oversee proper collection, storage and disposal of laboratory biological waste in compliance with all applicable SOPs and regulations
  • Perform routine laboratory housekeeping including cleaning of glassware and restocking of basic consumables
  • Act as laboratory safety officer to ensure all required documentation is up-to-date and accurate (chemical inventory, SDS’s, laboratory safety manual); provide laboratory safety training to new employees
  • In collaboration with the Site Manager, identify and manage relationships with contractors and vendors as necessary, including managing negotiations, quotes, and invoices for lab equipment and supplies
  • Collaborate with other Inari sites to ensure sharing of laboratory best practices


  • BS degree in biological sciences with 3-5 years of laboratory experience, preferably in an agriculture and/or biotech setting
  • Highly self-motivated and accountable; act with a clear sense of ownership in areas of responsibility, and ensure that others do the same
  • Knowledge in the operation and use of general laboratory equipment such as autoclaves, PCR machines, pH meters, incubators, balances, etc
  • Project management experience, and strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work and collaborate in cross-functional teams in a fast-paced, dynamic team setting. Open to giving and receiving ideas, perspectives, and feedback
  • Aptitude for developing people in various roles and levels through coaching, feedback, and exposure to new experiences to meet both performance goals and personal development goals
  • Flexibility in a constantly evolving environment. Capacity to manage ambiguity; deal comfortably with change and able to decide and act without having the total picture.
  • Ability to think creatively to solve problems and generate ideas to improve overall efficiency of laboratory operations
  • Ability to plan and align people and resources for successful execution
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills


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