As a Senior product Manager at Phenomenex, Jeff Layne addresses product quality and manufacturing challenges and creates strategies to overcome them. “The company recently experienced a big growth year that put a strain on our manufacturing capacity, so my team is currently focused on establishing new and optimized manufacturing processes that are compatible with that high level of growth,” explained Jeff.
Jeff’s first experience with chromatography was as an undergraduate, and shortly after graduation he took a role with Phenomenex and has been with the company ever since (except for a break to complete his Doctorate at the University of Vermont). He credits his impressive tenure at Phenomenex to the people he has the pleasure of working with. “I have been here since ‘97 and all that time I have been working with the same people,” said Jeff. “It is amazing to think that I have been with my colleagues longer than I have had my kids. The people who work here really make the company special.”
While a big growth year is certainly a positive sign for the company at large, Jeff knows that it also means more strain on his team. To counteract some of that stress, Jeff puts emphasis on the small wins and successes, never losing sight of acknowledging everyone involved with the advancement. “We may struggle with a variety of challenges, but the research and development team has made so many improvements to address these issues,” said Jeff. “It’s important to discuss these wins, especially because not everyone can see the progress that has been made, and how much hard work went into it.”