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Founded in 1976, Vector Laboratories has led the market for labeling and detection products used by researchers in immunohistochemistry and adjacent segments. Over the past 40 years, our products have enabled progress in biomedical research and medicine and have been cited in over 300,000 publications worldwide.  Vector Laboratories was acquired by Maravai Life Sciences in April 2016. Maravai’s mission is to build a transformative life sciences product company by acquiring outstanding businesses and accelerating their growth.

Vector Laboratories maintains a friendly and collaborative work environment that fosters creativity and personal growth.  We offer full time employees a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits program.  Vector Laboratories is an equal opportunity employer.

Thank you for your interest in joining the Vector Laboratories team.

We have the following positions available:

 


 

Scientist, Product Development

Job Description 

 

The Product Development Scientist is responsible for carrying out reagent product development following design control guidelines. The Scientist’s primary function is to design and execute experimental protocols; collect and interpret data; draft reports; and present results to Senior Management. S/he will participate as an integral member of cross-functional design teams interacting with individuals from other departments. Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence reagents are the core Vector’s portfolio, as such, an excellent understanding of tissue-based immunoassays is a must. S/he will draft formal documents as required and follow company documentation procedures. The Scientist will function as a Vector representative when communicating with outside organizations and customers. S/he is expected to propose, evaluate and develop plans for new product ideas. The position mandates an individual have sound judgment, be self-motivated and capable of working independently and under pressure to meet company goals. The Scientist will be able to train/guide junior staff and possess the social skills necessary to work well with colleagues and collaborators.

Responsibilities

  • Independently design and perform targeted experiments
  • Interpret experimental results and draft reports
  • Perform and analyze immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescent assays
  • Act as Project Leader to coordinate and lead interdepartmental teams
  • Serve as a consultant to fellow R&D, manufacturing and marketing staff
  • Ensure proper Design Control procedures and documentation requirements are met
  • Contribute to a collaborative environment that fosters efficient and effective work habits
  • Develop appripriate QC procedures and manufacturing processes
  • Keep current with emerging techniques and applications through review of scientific literature and conference attendance
  • Contribute to innovation of new products and applications
  • In collaboration with Marketing, travel to customer sites, conferences and trade shows to collect voice of customer information
  • Manage, train and guide junior staff members
  • Write, revise and maintain documents according to established requirements
  • Maintain a clean, orderly and safe laboratory environment

 

Qualifications

  • PhD degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biology or other Life Science or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3 – 5 years of related industry experience.
  • Excellent working knowledge of immunohistochemical assays and histology
  • Independent thinker; effectively able to troubleshoot and make sound decisions
  • Adaptable to change
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills allowing clear communication of ideas, reasoning and conclusions to a varied audience
  • Ability to work on multiple projects under time constraints and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work well under pressure while maintaining a high level of work quality
  • Ability to effectively interact with diverse personalities inside and outside the company. Must be tactful and flexible.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs unassisted

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of biochemical processes including: Bioconjugation, Spectrophotometry, Chromatography
  • Hands on experience with protein purification, characterization and manipulation techniques
  • Knowledge of glycobiology and carbohydrate chemistry

 

Vector Laboratories is a rapidly growing biotech firm in Burlingame, CA that offers competitive wages and a full benefit package including medical, dental, vision, LTD, and a retirement plan.

Please submit resumes to jobs@vectorlabs.com.

 


 

Quality Assurance Specialist

Job Description 

 

Vector Laboratories is seeking a Quality Assurance Specialist responsible for implementation, maintenance, and continuous improvement of the Quality Management System, including CAPA, non-conformances, deviations, product approval, design control, and supplier management, etc. This role will ensure compliance with applicable domestic and international standards and regulations. Responsibilities include:

Responsibilities

  • Ensuring organizational conformation with applicable HR related regulations and statutes as well as organizational procedures and policies.
  • Manage the nonconformance, deviation, complaint, and CAPA systems. Work with investigation owners to assess root cause, corrections, corrective actions, preventative actions and effectiveness.
  • Provide training in ISO requirements and quality procedures.
  • Review and approve batch records for product release.
  • Assist in internal and external audits, including customer audits.
  • Work with R&D and custom product management for design control implementation for new and custom products, including defining user needs, risk management, verification and validation, design review requirements, etc.
  • Assist in supplier quality management, including supplier qualification, quality agreements, maintain approved vendor list (AVL), etc.
  • Assist with document and record control functions as needed.
  • Report monthly quality system metrics.
  • Lead quality improvement projects, including planning, communicating, developing action plans, and providing regular project updates.
  • Assure compliance with all in-house or external specifications to standards.

 

Qualifications

  • BS Degree in scientific discipline.
  • Quality professional with a minimum of 3 years in a quality role in a life science industry.
  • Requires knowledge of ISO 9001, ISO 13485, 21 CFR 820, or 21 CFR 211.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Self motivated and able to organize and prioritize mulitple tasks.
  • Indentify quality issues/discrepancies and effectively resolve discrepancies within the organization.

Vector Laboratories is a rapidly growing biotech firm in Burlingame, CA that offers competitive wages and a full benefit package including medical, dental, vision, LTD, and a retirement plan.

 Please submit resumes to jobs@vectorlabs.com.


 

Division Controller 

Job Description 

 

The Division Controller is responsible for performing and managing the accounting and internal control functions for Vector Laboratories, located in Burlingame, CA, a business unit of Maravai Life Sciences. This position is also required to support the accounting and internal control functions for other Maravai Business Units. This position reports to the Corporate Controller.

This individual reports operational results under GAAP, ensures internal control compliance, provides detailed financial analysis and advice to business leadership, and assesses line of business operating results in terms of costs, budgets, forecast, operating policies, trends and improved profit opportunities.

Responsibilities

  • Provides day-to-day accounting leadership of transactions, policies, controls, and procedures
  • Ensures accurate and complete financial records and reporting, in compliance with legal requirements and US GAAP standards.
  • Lead, review, train and mentor staff accountant and other accounting and admin staff responsible for accounts payable, expense reports, payroll, sales commissions, sales order entry, invoicing, revenue recognition, collections, fixed assets and bank reconciliations.
  • Support sales team in preparation of customer proposals, customer requirements for set-up and compliance with their PO and invoice submission systems.
  • Deliver budget variance analysis and other management reports. Work with departmental managers and leads to review and forecast expenses and headcount.
  • Perform technical research and document key accounting policies.
  • Responsible for timely month-end close and financial reporting
  • Manage income tax compliance for federal and state and sales and use tax reporting and filing.
  • Identify and lead reporting improvements to systems, processes, and internal controls.
  • Responsible for periodic financial audits and relationships with external auditors
  • Cash management
  • Other projects and tasks, as assigned

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, CPA desired
  • 8 years of relevant professional experience. Public accounting and industry. Strong knowledge of U.S. GAAP, reporting and compliance.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization.
  • High personal integrity and strong work ethic. Excellent writing/documentation skills.
  • Ability to operate with substantial latitude in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with NetSuite, Sage and Quickbooks preferred
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines

 Please submit resumes to jobs@vectorlabs.com.


 

Senior Accountant

Job Description

 

Position Summary

The Senior Accountant is responsible for performing accounting tasks for Vector Laboratories located in Burlingame, CA, a business unit of Maravai Life Sciences. This position is also responsible for performing accounting tasks for other Maravai Business Units. This position reports to the Division Controller. 

  • Senior Accountant Job Description reports directly to the Division Controller
  • Strong knowledge of GAAP, Cost Accounting, Revenue Recognition, Accounting Processes & Procedures, and Controls and Systems.
  • Organized and self‐motivated individual with excellent problem solving skills and enjoys working with people in a challenging, fast‐paced and growing environment.

 

Responsibilities

  • Ensure GAAP compliance through invoicing and revenue recognition
  • Prepare monthly deferred revenue entries and monthly revenue entries
  • Ensure GAAP compliance through A/P bill coding and processing
  • Timely completion of month end process including preparation of journal entries, accounts reconciliation and preparing supporting schedules
  • Perform account reconciliations
  • Perform month‐end inventory audit and reconciliation
  • Perform gross margin analysis, standard cost review and analysis, BOMs/ECOs review and cost allocation
  • Perform variance analysis and have the ability to identify anomalies
  • Assist in the preparation of monthly financial reports and participate in financial review meetings
  • Assist in the preparation of materials for the annual external audit Assist in the preparation of materials for the annual 409A valuation
  • Assist in cash management
  • Manage Accounts Payable and vendor payment process
  • Verify employees expense reports to ensure compliance with GAAP and company policy

 

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance or related field
  • Revenue Recognition (Required)
  • Cost Accounting knowledge and experience
  • Excellent knowledge of GAAP
  • 5+ years of progressive accounting/finance experience
  • Experience designing and implementing new policies and procedures a plus
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Precision/detail oriented with strong analytical skills
  • Proven ability to identify and drive process/system improvements
  • Manufacturing/Distribution experience in Life Science industry preferred
  • NetSuite, Quickbooks knowledge and experience preferred.
  • SAGE experience a plus

 Please submit resumes to jobs@vectorlabs.com.

 


 

 Quality Control Analyst, Histology Specialist

Job description

 

Position Summary

The Quality Control Analyst, Histology Specialist, is responsible for maintaining the paraffin and frozen tissue section supplies required for both the Quality Control and Research & Development departments. This position is also responsible for the analyses of in-process materials, raw materials, finished goods, and stability samples following established operating procedures, and may also analyze samples from the research and development department using established testing procedures.   S/he may also be responsible for organizing and maintaining laboratory reagents/supplies. The individual must have sound judgment, be self-motivated, and possess the social skills necessary to work well with colleagues.  

 

Essential Job Functions

  • Section & mount serial sections of paraffin embedded tissues using a rotary microtome
  • Section and mount using a manual cryostat
  • Maintain microtomy instruments
  • Perform experiments according to established procedures, interpret test results, compare results to established specifications and control limits, and make decisions on sample performance
  • Program and run experiments on the Biocare Intellipath Autostainer
  • Calibrate, validate, and maintain laboratory equipment
  • Prepare and/or maintain necessary inventories of laboratory reagents
  • Complete all documentation needed to support testing procedures
  • Maintain a clean, orderly, and safe laboratory environment
  • Monitor quality testing protocols to ensure that all tests all performed according to established operating procedures

 

Education

BS Degree in Histotechnology, Life Science, Biochemistry or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience

 

Experience and Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of related laboratory experience, prior histotechnology experience a plus
  • Adaptability to change and learn new procedures and techniques
  • Able to clearly communicate ideas, reasoning, and conclusions to a varied audience & productively interact with diverse personalities and backgrounds
  • Ability to work well under pressure and time constraints while maintaining a high level of work quality
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and oral communication

 

Please submit resumes to jobs@vectorlabs.com.