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Lab Technician

Company: Lhoist North America
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: May 22, 2019

Job Description:

JOB DESCRIPTION SUMMARY

The Lab Technician has responsibility for the sites performance of quality processes. The position is accountable for safety and environmental compliance for the laboratory; cost control, quality reporting and equipment maintenance; maintenance of product compliance programs which include Safe Quality Food and NSF/ANSI 60. Perform all day-to-day plant production quality and raw material analysis. Communication of test results in a timely manner is critical for the smooth operation of the plant, and satisfaction of our customers. This position will support the plant management in maintaining product quality and integrity.

RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

RESPONSIBILITIES & EXPECTATIONS:

LEADERSHIP FOR LABORATORY SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL:

* Ensure a safe workplace and regulatory compliance with federal (MSHA, OSHA), state, local, and Company safety policies.

* Support Environmental Health and Safety initiatives and awareness programs.

* Actively participate in audits for regulatory, quality, safety and environmental compliance at the site.

SAFE QUALITY FOOD (SQF):

* Ensure a SQF workplace maintained within Federal FDA Food Modernization Safety Act (CFR Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, Part 507) compliance.

* Support SQF initiatives and awareness programs.

* Be a leader and promoter of employee safety and SQF culture.

* Ensure proper training programs are implemented for new employees and continued for existing employees.

* Actively participate in audits for regulatory, safety, SQF and environmental compliance at the site.

QUALITY CONTROL TESTING / PRODUCTION SUPPORT:

* Maintain quality assurance programs.

* Accurately sample and measure chemical and physical properties on all types of raw and finished products following established laboratory guidelines.

* Effectively document, interpret and communicate analysis to maintain product quality.

* Prepare charts and graphs of data and enter data into computer for analysis.

* Lead investigations on customer complaints to find root causes. Document findings.

* Interact directly with sales team as needed.

* Report quality non-conformances.

* Conduct quality audits in the various departments to ensure consistently high quality of various products.

* Participate in regional and corporate quality initiatives.

* Identify and lead quality improvement initiatives.

* Implement and sustain 5S in the laboratory.

* Effectively communicate quality findings with team members.

* Train and coach on quality matters as needed.

* Assist with tasks in other departments as needed.

LABORATORY MANAGEMENT:

* Maintain chemical solutions, laboratory instruments and work environment in a clean and safe manner.

* Maintain laboratory supplies and related inventory.

* Support and lead the Laboratory Safety initiatives.

* Responsible for minor repairs on laboratory equipment, facilities and preventative maintenance.

* Communicate needed repairs and replacements of laboratory equipment.

GENERAL OFFICE:

* Sending out and receiving sample requests.

* Assisting in various daily operations.

* Assist with creating purchase orders and invoicing activities.

ATTRIBUTES:

* Interacts and behaves professionally, following Lhoist corporate core principles of Courage, Respect and Integrity.

* Demonstrated ability to closely follow testing protocols and quality procedures, and reporting results in a useful manner.

* Familiarity with Quality Management systems and understanding of its application to manufacturing processes.

* Excellent computer skills utilizing spreadsheets, databases and logistics software packages such MS Office, and SAP.

* Written and verbal communication skills in English.

* Critical thinking and problem solving skills

* Numerical skills in order to report results

* Self-motivated and must be able to work independently and completing repetitive tasks.

* Demonstrated skills entering, retrieving and manipulating data in a Quality Management System and Microsoft based computer system.

* Knowledgeable of manufacturing and mining processes in a related mineral industry.

* Organizational and detail skills are required.

* Strong sense of urgency in meeting customer needs.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

* Must be physically able to perform work assigned.

* Must be physically capable of accessing all plant locations.

* Access all areas within a site which could include confined spaces, climbing ladders or stairs, and accessing tunnels.

* The employee will be required to perform the following actions (from time to time): Standing, walking, balancing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, talking, seeing, hearing and sitting.

* Able to lift over 50 pounds occasionally.

* The employee will be exposed to the following working conditions: Extreme Heat and Cold, Noise, Vibration, Oils, and Atmospheric Conditions such as Dust, Fumes, and Mineral Particles.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

* Minimum of two (2) years quality or laboratory experience required.

REQUIRED EDUCATION:

* High School Diploma or GED equivalent.

Lhoist North America offers a comprehensive benefits package including, but not limited to: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K, and vacation. LNA also supports employee work-life balance with telecommuting and compressed workweek options for many positions.

Lhoist North America is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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Keywords: Lhoist North America, Citrus Heights , Lab Technician, Healthcare , Sacramento, California

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