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Lab Coordinator in Geismar, LA at REG

Date Posted: 11/16/2017

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Geismar, LA
  • Job Type:
    Other
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    11/16/2017

Job Description

POSITION PURPOSE:

The purpose of this position is to manage the laboratory, maintain a testing schedule to provide quality testing of feedstocks and biodiesel, monitor ASTM and BQ9000 requirements, and to provide technical support to REG production with an emphasis on maintaining and improving current production quality of biodiesel as well as supervising laboratory activities and laboratory technicians.


ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES:

  1. Lab Management and Control

1. Manage Daily Laboratory Activities

  • Efficient scheduling of lab personnel’s time
  • Do Quality Control testing and enter results in PI in a timely manner
  • Perform quality testing of incoming feedstocks and daily biodiesel composites and record results in the PI system promptly
  • Manage the calibration and validation schedule of analytical instruments
  • Perform and schedule maintenance as necessary
  • Ensure work instructions are up-to-date and enacted
  • Act as the data gatekeeper for the lab, ensuring that all data that leaves the lab is accurate, precise, and can be proven to be so with corresponding quality control results
  • Generate data analysis reports for the management team as requested.
  • Verify instrument performance by testing a QC standard and monitoring results and trends
  • Initiate appropriate corrective action when QC standards are not within specified limits (i.e. troubleshoot instrumentation, recalibrate instrument, rerun samples, notify parties affected by data, etc.)
  • Assure periodic testing as required by BQ9000 is completed
  • Write work instructions and edit as necessary
  • Train operations specialists, loadout specialists, and maintenance personnel as work instructions are added or changed
  • Review work instructions against ASTM methods
  • Attend the weekly lab manager’s conference call
  • Order and maintain adequate stores of glassware, chemicals, and other supplies as required for laboratory testing
  • Ensure invoices are paid in a timely manner
  • Evaluate safety issues and be vigilant for opportunities to improve safety levels as well as work with EHS and meet EPA and OSHA guidelines
  • Participate in internal auditing process
  • Maintain data records for 2 years
  • Handle product nonconformities if they occur
  • Train Quality Assurance and Laboratory Managers for other network plants
  • As needed, travel to other plants to set up labs
  1. Act as QC Manager for Final Products
  • Analyze and report results for biodiesel production lots
  • Ensure all results reported are valid by verifying that QC samples run with production lots are within specified limits
  • Schedule prompt testing that isn’t available in-house with an independent laboratory and collect results
  • Compile results from the independent laboratory and from in-house testing to issue a valid Certificate of Analysis for each production lot
  • Release the production lot by notifying the appropriate management, corporate, production, and loadout employees
  • Participate in an ASTM cross check program, submit lab results, evaluate the final report for areas where improvement is possible and implement change as needed
  1. Provide Process Support Based on Lab Data
  • Work as part of the management team to maximize the efficiency and output of plant operations
  • Provide operations staff with feedback on plant operation performance based on lab data
  • Compile and communicate all relative data from plant trials with the Operations Manager
  • Ensure operators are trained in proper field sampling and testing techniques to ensure operator generated data is accurate and precise
  • Assist with troubleshooting product concerns
  1. Conduct Lab Scale Research Projects as Needed
  • Set up and carry out lab scale research projects as directed by the Operations Manager or REG
  • Assist with R & D projects and corporate projects as necessary
  1. Act as the Contact Person for all Lab Issues
  1. BQ9000 Implementation

1. Monitor and maintain the quality program to maintain BQ9000 certification

  • Train and prepare all employees for the certification audit
  • Train all employees to participate in the BQ9000 quality program

2. Act as the Document Control Administrator

  • Ensure the quality system is implemented and maintained in accordance with REG Ralston’s Quality Manual
  • Ensure the Quality Manual and quality documents are available to all employees in their work areas
  • Schedule and assign internal audits
  • Co-chair weekly quality management review meetings
  • At weekly review meetings, take minutes and provide minutes and agendas to the production team
  • Ensure obsolete documents are promptly removed from use and any retained for legal or knowledge preservation are suitably identified
  • Make/receive documentation change notifications and present them at quality

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education Required: BS in Chemistry or related degree required. May substitute experience for some education.

Experience Required: 2 to 3 years laboratory experience in a manufacturing related industry.

Skills Required: Basic accounting skills, good written and oral communication, and organizational skills

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