SCIENTIFIC ASSET LIFECYCLE MANAGER (SR ASSOCIATE II/MANAGER I)

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POST DATE 9/9/2016
END DATE 10/15/2016

Zoetis US Kalamazoo, MI

Company
Zoetis US
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
JR00001365
AJE Ref #
576127355
Location
Kalamazoo, MI
Job Type
Regular

JOB DESCRIPTION

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Zoetis is a global animal health company dedicated to supporting customers and their businesses in ever better ways. Building on 60 years of experience, we deliver quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. We are working every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant.



Our name, Zoetis (z -EH-tis), has its root in zo, familiar in words such as zoo and zoology and derived from zoetic, meaning pertaining to life. It signals our company's dedication to supporting the veterinarians and livestock producers everywhere who raise and care for the farm and companion animals on which we all depend.



Zoetis is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.



Scientific Asset Lifecycle Manager







JOB SUMMARY



As a member of the Lab Instrument Support Team within Zoetis' Veterinary Medicine R&D organization, the Scientific Asset Lifecycle Manager serves as the primary coordination point for managing the acquisition, deployment, inventory tracking, utilization tracking and dispositioning of the organization's wide range of scientific and sample storage equipment used within its laboratories. The scope of equipment being managed through this role includes but is not limited to such items as GC/LC mass spectrometers, NMR spectrometers, plate readers and washers, specialized robotics systems, specialized imaging equipment, freezers and refrigerators for sample storage, incubators, autoclaves, microscopes, and centrifuges.











JOB RESPONSIBILITIES



Partner with the organization's scientific departments to support equipment-related procurement, deployment and dispositioning activities. Coordinate the transfer of scientific equipment between labs, buildings, sites and/or corporate legal entities as required. Provide equipment asset management strategies and solutions that can be used across multiple R&D sites to lower overall cost of equipment ownership and maximize return on investment. Ensure that appropriate equipment utilization tracking methods are in place within the organization, especially for high-cost scientific equipment, such that accurate utilization data is available to support future equipment investment decisions and prioritizations. Partner with the Finance Department to ensure timely updates to the Fixed Asset Registry and other databases so that all scientific equipment assets are properly described and accounted for. Maintain proficiency with all internal systems, processes, policies and guidelines that involve the procurement, deployment, inventory tracking, history tracking and/or dispositioning of scientific equipment. Provide support for periodic and ad-hoc financial/inventory reporting tasks as required by the organization. Provide relevant and timely input to decisions that involve the prioritization of scientific equipment purchases. This includes leading and/or providing key subject matter expertise to the organization's minor capital planning team. Liaise with equipment vendors to ensure that all quotes for equipment purchases, installations and/or other services are accurate and complete. Administer the department's equipment monitoring system. Coordinate scheduling of services provided by equipment vendors and other 3rd-party equipment service and repair companies. Provide training to other team members as necessary to ensure that adequate backup coverage exists for all critical equipment life-cycle support operations. Perform other job-related duties, projects and special assignments as determined by supervisor or advisory teams. Perform all work in a manner consistent with established work practices and quality standards, and ensure that activities are performed in close coordination with all applicable stakeholders and internal support groups. These coordination points typically include but are not limited to internal scientists and lab personnel, Senior Management, Procurement, Finance, Shipping & Receiving, Facilities & Engineering, Site Security and a wide range of external equipment sales and service vendors.



















JOB QUALIFICATIONS







* Bachelor's degree in an analytical field, Accounting, Finance, or other relevant field

* Minimum of five years of experience managing the procurement, tracking and servicing of a wide range of analytical laboratory equipment with a demonstrated understanding of equipment life-cycle best practices

* Strong understanding of business finance and accounting principles and conventions, particularly regarding equipment inventory, valuation and depreciation

* Strong project management and analytical problem solving skills and experience

* Demonstrated ability to form strong business relationships with a wide range of internal customers, support teams, and 3rd-party equipment and services suppliers

* Ability to communicate clearly and effectively

* Proficient at interpreting drawings, sketches, blueprints and technical manuals

* Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel

* Job requires frequent and sometimes prolonged standing and occasional heavy lifting (up to 50 pounds)

* Experience working in a large-scale life sciences research environment is highly desired