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Lead Repository Technician

Gaithersburg, MD
Start date
Feb 15, 2024

Job Details

ATCC is seeking a full time direct hire Lead Repository Technician to work in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The Lead Repository Technician oversees and coordinates the daily activities of a team of repository technicians within the Repository. They are responsible for assigning tasks for maintaining inventory and materials to support commercial and government customers. They lead large or complex inventory management projects, ensuring the work is performed on time per customer and management specifications. They mentor, train, and direct other technicians, working alongside team members to accomplish the work. They frequently communicate with vendors and clients to clarify service requirements, coordinate shipments, and resolve issues.


The Lead Repository Technician uses database applications to track inventory and shipping of materials. They also ensure materials are stored at correct temperatures, and safety protocols are followed when handling potentially hazardous materials. This position requires thorough working knowledge of technical, operative, and administrative methods and practices found within the biological repository industry. This position requires the ability to multi-task and work effectively with persons who have varying levels of experience and knowledge of repository practices.


  1. Coordinate repository operations and workflows across areas and various projects.
  2. Task and monitor team members to ensure they properly complete their work assignments in a timely manner.
  3. Ensure proper safety protocols are followed, materials and equipment are maintained, and inventory is properly stored to ensure viability when transferring and transporting materials. Document and report any incidents or accidents.
  4. Assist with the inspection of incoming materials and materials prepared for shipment.
  5. Maintain records of received goods, document deficiencies, address damaged or unsatisfactory conditions, and resolve incomplete or inaccurate information, as necessary.
  6. Oversee that material and sample data are accurately entered and tracked in the organization's inventory tracking system.
  7. Ensure customer complaints are addressed properly and in a timely manner. Report all complaints and process deviations.
  8. Address nonconformances and implement corrective and preventive actions in a timely manner. Recommend changes in protocols and procedures to Senior Management to develop/improve repository operations.
  9. Train new technicians in the effective use of equipment, methods of storage and retrieval, and systematic data entry. Provide ongoing support, training and mentoring to team members.
  10. Respond to emergencies outside of routine business hours, including timely travel to the site as part of the response team, as necessary.


Education and Experience:


  • High School diploma and 5 or more years' experience, including 0-2 years' supervisory experience or equivalent experience.


Other Duties:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


We Invest in You 


  • Health & Wellness: 
    • Comprehensive medical coverage and company paid Life Insurance, Disability Insurance & AD&D
    • Work life balance with Paid Holidays and PTO
    • Fitness and cell phone subsidies, and additional benefits such as Aflac, legal services, and pet insurance
    • Employee Assistance Program offering around-the-clock counseling
  • Financial security: 
    • 401(a) (6% employer contribution) and 403(b) (2% match) retirement plans
    • Exceptional career advancement opportunities, recognition, and rewards
    • Corporate bonus program
  • Mission Focused:
    • Non-profit organization supporting critical life science research
    • We give scientists the tools they need to make discoveries that improve and save lives
    • Contribute to community involvement and social responsibility


Join ATCC, where we fuel your success, well-being, and development.  We're a mission focused non-profit Equal Opportunity Employer, championing diversity and inclusivity. When you work at ATCC, you become a part of that mission, one we've committed to for almost 100 years. Shape the future of science with us. 


ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. 


ATCC is a private, nonprofit, global biological resource center and standards organization. We provide the scientific community credible biological products, advanced model systems, and high-quality services that support complex research in a variety of innovative applications resulting in incredible achievements in basic science, drug discovery, translational medicine, and public health.

We support the scientific community with the world’s largest and most diverse collection of human and animal cell products, as well as molecular genomic tools, microbe products, and biological materials. We offer a host of services, as well, including cell and microbial culturing and authentication, development and production of controls and derivatives, proficiency testing, and biomaterial deposit services. Through our ATCC Federal Solutions initiative, we lend our expertise to federal agencies in areas that include global health and infectious diseases, biodefense, and noncommunicable diseases.

We've developed a quality commitment, which includes ISO accreditations and standards, that has allowed ATCC to evolve from a traditional culture collection founded in 1925 to a biological resource center with an infrastructure that supports the future of life science and biotechnology.

Our newly expanded headquarters and bioproduction facility is located in Manassas, Virginia, near Washington DC, and a recently renovated research and technology center of excellence in Gaithersburg, Maryland.



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