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Lab Technician Job


Axis (Mobile), AL, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  Nov 19, 2022

The Laboratory Technician reports directly to the Quality Lab Supervisor.
This position will assist in developing and improving laboratory methods and procedures.  This jobholder will analyze all finished products, in-process products, and raw materials.  
Testing/Technical – 60%
•    Utilize a variety of testing methodologies including but not limited to, chemical and physical testing.
•    Perform/assist in basic environmental compliance testing to ensure that plant environmental systems are operating properly.
•    Evaluate in-process samples to ensure compliance with targets and specifications.
•    Complete and maintain accurate documentation of all testing work relative to finished product, in-process material, raw materials and environmental compliance.
Production/Process Support – 15%
•    Calculate adjustments to the processes based on the obtained data if needed.
•    Collaborate with process/production engineers, new product development owners (R&D) and site supervision to provide technical support on special projects, quality and process improvements.
•    Provide support to site supervision concerning batches out of specification, chemical operator analytical testing training, raw materials and logistics/accounting of finished products.
Administrative – 25%
•    Report test findings in appropriate information systems, and ensure the analytical equipment is fully functional and properly calibrated.
•    Order, organize and stock lab supply room to prevent running out of essential materials.
This position is located in the main laboratory of the plant with periodic visits to the satellite labs located within the production units throughout plant.  Laboratory Technicians handle every finished product, in process material, and raw material that comes in the plant along with handling hazardous chemical reagents used to perform analysis. This position works a rotating, swing shift to accommodate production needs.
HSEQ Responsibilities
•    Comply with the HSEQ Policy.
•    Comply with Regulations, Legal and Internal Requirements as made known by the site and by the business unit (BU).
•    Comply with the rules of the specific location to which one is assigned as well as the rules set by the business unit (BU) and Arkema Inc. 
•    Follow HES and Operating Discipline procedures and practices to ensure safe and efficient operation of assigned plant areas. 
•    As required, initiates and participates in Root Cause Investigations
•    Understands and executes Emergency Response procedures to mitigate unplanned events in the process.
•    Comply with all standard procedures and work instructions, aka SP, SOP, PWI, TM, to ensure productivity, quality assurance and cost effectiveness.
•    Review their work areas for potential losses and Report hazards to the direct supervisor. 
•    Report Near Misses to the direct supervisor.
•    Report Incidents or Accidents to the direct supervisor.
•    Identify and communicate potential gains or possible improvements to the management system.
•    High school diploma or GED required.
•    2-years of college coursework in chemistry or a similar field or 2-years of related work experience in a laboratory environment required. (For internal candidates, required lab experience could be off-set with 4 years of plant experience.)  
•    B.S. or B.A. in chemistry preferred.
•    Chemical manufacturing experience preferred.
•    Experience with Gas Chromatography, HPLC, Titrations, and XRF systems preferred.
•    Good computer skills are required (Microsoft Suite)
•    Knowledge of LIMS, SAP and a DCS are preferred.
•    Positive attitude and strong work ethic.
•    Good communication skills both written and verbal.
•    Strong decision making and problem solving skills.
•    Ability to work independently with limited direct supervision.
•    Ability to read, write, and type technical documentation.
•    Team player who can function efficiently across all departments within the plant.
•    Ability to answer process related questions as well as make recommendations.
•    Aptitude to operate and maintain sophisticated analytical instrumentation.
•    Ability to work in a safe and efficient manner with hazardous chemicals.
•    Open minded to a fluid work environment.

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.

The diversity of its employees is an asset that the Arkema group wants to preserve. Its non-discrimination policy applies to recruitment, salary levels and career management. The Arkema group is committed to ensuring diversity among its employees.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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