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Lab Associate

This position is for a Lab Associate who will need to train another lab technician onsite. Also, they will deal with operations and quality issues. The incumbent with be testing products, pulling out samples and doing quality checks for uniformity of chemical pesticides; must adhere to standard lab and environmental procedures. They will also be doing quality testing of raw materials and are responsible for investigating any quality issues on the products.

Preferred candidates will have a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry or related science degree. They also will have experience with GC or Liquid Chromatography. 

Job Description:

  • Oversee routine daily testing of control fertilizer products as well as manufactured slow release nitrogen based fertilizer products
  • Prepare and update SOP’s for new instruments, equipment and testing
  • Perform and supervise routine preventative maintenance on analytical instrumentation as well as troubleshoot equipment issues
  • Develop new analytical SOP’s to satisfy product testing needs
  • Work with the customer complaint department on product performance issues
  • Review and maintain analytical control product databases physical testing

Job Duties:

  • Training of laboratory technicians and manufacturing personnel in the methodologies pertaining to Physical Analysis of incoming raw materials (sieve analysis) and produced polymer coated urea (leeching analysis and product integrity testing)
  • Oversee routine daily testing of incoming raw materials as well as produced polymer coated urea
  • Prepare and update SOP’s for physical testing and polymer coated urea analysis
  • Evaluation of new vendor raw material product streams for use in the blending processes
  • Review and Maintain raw material size characteristic documentation and databases 

Manufacturing Responsibilities:

  • Liaison between laboratory data and manufacturing operations
  • Maintain SPC charting of polymer coated urea product performance
  • Data analysis for validation of manufacturing processes
  • QA / QC Management of incoming Raw Materials and Finished Products 

Management Responsibilities:

  • Scheduling of laboratory technicians  
  • Provide guidance to laboratory technicians and operations managers when analytical testing or product performance issues arise
  • Adhering to the laboratory operations budget
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