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Animal Research Operations Supervisor

Coon Rapids, MN 55433
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Animal Research Operations Supervisor


Coon Rapids, Minnesota, United States

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6 days ago

**Animal Research Operations Supervisor**

**BUSINESS UNIT: Medtronic Physiological Research Laboratories**

Careers that Change Lives | Impact patient outcomes. Come for a job, stay for a career.

**A Day in the Life**

Provide daily supervision and general oversight of surgery and/or animal care teams, facilitating problem resolution and sustaining communication within Physiological Research Laboratories (PRL). Proactively implement improved processes and practices, and lead execution of department goals and objectives with general direction from management to support Medtronic initiatives and meet customer needs. Train, develop and motivate workforce toward continuous quality improvement, positive and safe working environment, and cost-effective operations.


Lead, coach and motivate direct reports to ensure effective delivery of departmental goals and customer requirements.

Effectively communicate with team; leading daily, weekly and monthly meetings to manage progress, gather feedback, and share information.

Clear communication to management, study directors/coordinators, and/or veterinarians of department issues.

Ensure customer requirements of quality, service and cost are achieved and identify opportunities to improve on how we support our customers.

Monitor quality and safety, react to incidents, and coordinate corrective actions as necessary.

Responsible for implementing and maintaining safe standards as required by law and company policy.

Oversee team compliance to GLP, FDA, USDA, AAALAC, IACUC, and all other applicable


Ensure employee adherence to Standard Operating Procedures, department guidelines, safety policies, study protocols, and proper documentation.

Lead by example, demonstrate Medtronic Leadership Expectations in all daily interactions with customers and colleagues.

Continuously manage performance of direct reports through performance acceleration process, providing on-going coaching, counselling, discipline, and employee development.

Perform annual performance reviews, pay adjustments and Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for all direct report employees.

Actively supervise shift and/or areas, promoting a positive environment that ensures teamwork.

Encourage and facilitate a beneficial resolution of issues across the department, effectively mediate conflict to promote a friendly climate, good morale, and team cohesiveness.

Ensure consistency of operating practices across shifts and areas.

Leadership of continuous improvement projects using lean and six sigma tools to improve overall business efficiency.

Foster a culture of innovation through identifying innovative solutions to process problems and actively encouraging team members to share ideas and fresh approaches.

Ensure that direct reports, technicians, and assistants are adequately trained and certified to perform their jobs in a safe, efficient manner which promotes high-quality outcomes.

Identifies and develops training programs to support emerging research needs and sustained competency.

Develop, implement, and maintain visual management for operations measurements and general business communication.

Monitor productivity and ensure that staffing is appropriate to support business needs.

Assist Research Operations Manager for fiscal year budget.

Support human cadaver procedures.

Other duties and special projects as assigned.

**Expected Position Results:**

Key department goals/measures are achieved.

Delivery of cost reduction results and quality improvement efforts in accordance with site goals.

Compliance to safety and housekeeping standards/expectations to prevent employee and animal injuries and/or health hazards.

The team performs work in alignment with quality systems requirements.

Team members are trained and motivated.

Equipment and facility is maintained.

**Must Have: Minimum Requirements**

+ Bachelors degree required

+ Minimum of 1 year of relevant/leadership experience

**Nice to Have**

Certified Surgical Technologist, Registered Nurse, or Bachelors Degree in Biology, Animal Science or Veterinary Technology

Experience in surgical (human or animal) procedures that support Medtronic therapies, and working with human tissue.

Knowledge of research animal/human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, anesthesia and general care.

Experience in non-clinical (preclinical) device testing, hospital environment, or primary nursing care program.

3+ years leadership experience in a pre-clinical, medical, or operations environment.

Current or ability to obtain (within 24 months) AAALAS certification at LAT or LATG level

Experience in a regulated environment (e.g. FDA, ISO 9000, GLP, USDA)

Ability to interact with all employees in a professional, cooperative and constructive manner.

Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with a wide variety of people (written and verbal).

Demonstrated team leadership abilities.

Possess good judgment, decision making, and problem-solving skills.

Professional, goal oriented, self-motivated, and responsible.

Ability to attract, develop and retain top/diverse talent.

Strong planning and organizational skills with an attention to accuracy and detail.

Ability to implement changes to department processes and procedures, foster team development, and build strong partnerships across all functions.

Ability to exercise discretion, tact, courtesy, and patience in dealing with team members.

Proficient computer skills in a variety of software programs such as Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Documentum, DMS, and execution systems that support the research operations environment.

Lean and Six Sigma experience such as a Green Belt certification or higher.


No known allergies to multiple types of animal species.

May require use of personal protective equipment

Stand/Sit/Walk up to 8 hours per day

Laboratory environment

Normal office environment

Continuous verbal and written communication.

Occasional exposure to chemical and physical agents.

Ability to use a keyboard and mouse, visually interact with personal computers.

Physically able to lift/carry and push/pull 50 pounds.


Each employee must conform to the SOPs and documentation that applies to their work area. This includes proper documentation techniques, updating the SOPs, training on the SOPs and knowledge of the GLP regulations that apply to their area.

Follow the documentation requirements provided by the SOPs and the policies of their department. This includes proper formatting of the protocols, reports, and SOPs that are generated and revised in the department. Adhere to the SOPs and facility policies that are relevant to the activities.


Medtronic is committed to a safe, healthy and environmentally conscious workplace that is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. All employees are expected to develop a proactive, cooperative attitude toward issues of health, safety and the environment. Participation in the PRL EHS program through EHS suggestions, work procedures EHS analysis at SOP review and EHS committee membership is the responsibility of every employee.

In accordance with the Medtronic EHS Infrastructure and Responsibilities Policy, employees must:

1. Understand and follow EHS policies and procedures.

2. Actively participate in EHS programs and training.

3. Provide suggestions and to continuously improve EHS programs.

**About Medtronic**

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Lets work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)
It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


Posted: 2020-09-15 Expires: 2020-10-19
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