Lab Supervisor in Newton, IA at REG

Date Posted: 11/14/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    Newton, IA
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    0 to 5 year(s)
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Job Description

The purpose of this job is to be responsible for and assist with Managing Personnel, Laboratory Uptime, Administering the Quality System, and Providing Process Support.


Key Accountabilities:
Manage Personnel and Lab Effectiveness
• Supervise laboratory personnel
• Manage inventory of laboratory supplies
• Manage lab waste safely and appropriately
• Perform and document laboratory instrument upkeep; perform general laboratory maintenance
• Ensure test method performance using Statistical Quality Control (SQC) methodology
• Evaluate lab safety issues and continuously improve safety; work with EHS personnel to ensure conformance with EPA and OSHA requirements
• Act as the contact person for all lab issues

Administer Quality Systems
• Oversee Quality Systems, including BQ-9000 programs, FSMA, and others
• Initiate Corrective Action process for nonconforming procedures and products
• Evaluate test results and generate product test reports
• Investigate product quality issues

Provide Process Support Based on Data
• Oversee testing and ensure results are recorded per REG expectations
• Analyze data and generate reports for the management team including use of Six Sigma methodologies
• Evaluate potential product quality or process performance problems
• Conduct lab-scale research projects as needed

Other frequent duties:
• Train personnel through the use of SOPs and Standards, and record the training
• Participate in a proficiency testing program, submit lab results, evaluate the final report for areas where improvement is possible, and implement change as needed
• Assist with quality system, testing, and data collection projects impacting multiple REG manufacturing locations
• Travel to other REG manufacturing locations and occasional offsite meetings and/or conferences (expected travel requirement < 5%)

Perform other duties as assigned

Education Required: 4 year bachelor’s degree – physical or biological sciences, engineering, or equivalent
Experience Required: I: 0-5 years related professional experience; II: 5-10 years; III: 10+ years

Skills Required:
Advanced Excel skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Understanding and use of multivariate statistics including Six Sigma methodologies
Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio, Access)

Special skills or knowledge preferred:
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REG is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


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