Working under the Laboratory Manager, the Sr. Laboratory Technician is responsible for implementing the quality assurance (QA/QC) program for the ethanol plant to ensure maximum production quantity and quality, while supporting the policies, goals, and objectives of the company.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND BASIC DUTIES
Assist in implementing plant QA/QC program.
Implement plant QA/QC program based on best practice in the ethanol industry by sampling various points in the process and conducting QA/QC tests as required.
Monitor use and inventories of laboratory chemicals and supplies.
Operate, maintain, and calibrate laboratory equipment.
Plan and implement lab scale fermentation.
Train new team members on lab test procedures.
Update and revise SOP’s.
Plan and implement process trials and develop and execute independent special projects to support the business.
Prepare reports, analyze data and make recommendations for adjusting process conditions to ensure that QA/QC standards are met and earnings are maximized.
Support the FSMA program by acting as a PCQI.
Maintain safety, health and environmental policies and procedures.
Ensure county, state, and federal regulations relating to the QA/QC laboratory are met at all times.
Participate in the safety program for the QA/QC laboratory.
Assist to coordinate activities with other departments.
Ensure effective participation by the process operators in the implementation of QA/QC policies and procedures.
Implement programs and procedures required to ensure laboratory and plant cleanliness.
All descriptions have been reviewed to ensure that only essential functions and basic duties have been included. Peripheral tasks, only incidentally related to each position, have been excluded.
Education/Certification:Bachelor’s degree in a related scientific or technical field
Required Knowledge & Experience: 1-3 years experience in a QA/QC laboratory in a process industry required. Experience with implementing effective QA/QC programs. Experience with automated laboratory equipment (such as HPLC or GC). Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required. Valid Driver's License required.
Skills/Abilities:Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong mathematic and statistic skills. Ability to interact professionally and effectively with internal and external customers. Ability to maintain good relationships with internal and external customers, use tact and diplomacy, and possess a customer service focus. Strong analytical abilities, problem solving skills, negotiation skills, dispute resolution and ability to overcome obstacles. Manage multiple priorities with efficiency and accuracy. Ability to anticipate needs and accomplish necessary tasks. Strong motivational ability. Act with honesty and integrity.
Requirements, skills, and abilities included have been determined to be the minimal standards required to successfully perform the positions. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements delineated be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF THIS POSITION
Time will be spent in a temperature-controlled office-based environment at the laboratory within the plant. Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time. Able to view computer screen for lengths at a time. Some time will be spent in the plant. All types of chemical industry equipment are used in the plant to include, but not limited to fermentation vessels, jet cookers, agitators, mixing and milling equipment, distillation columns, centrifuges and distributive control systems. Production environment will require ability to safely work around loud noises, wet and humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic chemicals, extreme hot and cold depending on weather conditions. Must be able to speak and listen clearly. Fine visual acuity to read for accuracy. Some local travel required or as needed. For more detail please review the ADA questionnaire on file in Human Resources.