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QC Lab Technician (COATEX) Job


Location: 

Chester, SC, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Production / Operations
Posting Date:  Oct 3, 2022

Arkema has established itself as France’s leading chemical producer and a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials. With annual sales of €8.8 billion and 20,000 people employed in some 55 countries, the Group pursues ambitious recruitment objectives both in France and around the world. Arkema offers diverse employment opportunities in 200 job functions and professions in four major fields: industrial, R&D, business, and support functions.

Reaching far beyond your discoveries!

Regarded as one of the world’s leading innovators, Arkema has made research one of the pillars of its strategy. For example by discovering new solutions to help reduce the weight of materials, hence cut down consumption. By developing innovative thermal insulation systems that can optimize the energy performance of buildings. Or by seeking new applications for its biosourced products at the service of greater sustainable development.

Innovative and durable solutions

Our high performance products have applications in wide-ranging areas, from new generation car batteries or telephones to recyclable wind turbine blades, from adhesives for the protective backsheets of solar panels to drinking water filtration systems, from running shoes and acrylic resins with no solvent and no volatile organic compound for 3D printing to molecular sieves for portable oxygen devices used by people suffering from respiratory failure… Joining Arkema means being part of a Group enjoying sustained growth that in little more than a decade has built up an exemplary achievement record, setting high ambitions for itself and for its employees. All our job opportunities are open to people with disabilities at equal merit or with equal skill levels.

Job Title:      QC Lab Technician

 

SITUATION IN ORGANIZATION

This position reports directly to the Quality Manager. This position has no direct reports.

 

JOB DIMENSIONS

Perform quality control testing of raw materials and products, and maintain the record keeping and work instructions required for the ISO program.

 

KEY ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 [15%] Participate in plant initiatives and pursue personal and team improvement

  • Ensure operational activities and lab performance are aligned with plant/business goals.
  • Complete all training assignments on time.
  • Complete BBS observations
  • Actively participate in daily safety meetings.
  • Take steps necessary to retain all QC Lab technician skills you have developed.
  • Assist in training of new QC Lab Technicians.
  • Participate in cross controls
  • Participate in both personal and team skill development. Help identify areas of weakness and suggest steps for improvement for yourself, your co-workers and the lab.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

[30%] Perform laboratory sample analyses and promote recycling.

  • Ensure produced products meet the specifications and/or expectations of our customers before approving them for sale.
  • Operate laboratory instrumentation to complete analysis of all samples including those from production, shipping, recurrence, application lab, and customer.
  • Ensure recycling of blocked stock when possible based on recycling advice provided by Quality Manager.
  • Communicate effectively with plant personnel.

[15%] Maintain QC Lab equipment and consumable inventory

  • Ensure correct operation of lab equipment.
  • Complete all required instrument maintenance, service and calibration.
  • Use troubleshooting skills to identify instrument deviations and problems. Resolve if capable.
  • Complete inventories, request quotes and submit purchasing orders for QC Lab consumables.

[25%] Manage all QC Lab data

  • Develop and use computer skills for various programs including SAP, Excel, Lotus, Success Factor, and all lab instrument software.
  • Ensure accurate data entry into computer programs for all required analyses and calibrations.
  • Maintain and file hard copies for all required analyses and calibrations. Retain based on specified company retention policy.
  • Participate in audits and inspections as requested.

[15%] Maintain a safe, environmentally friendly, clean, and organized lab environment

  • Understand the hazards and risks associated with handling various chemicals.
  • Understand plant environmental health and safety regulations and comply with all applicable laws and regulatory requirements.
  • Ensure safe laboratory practices are followed including safe handling of chemicals and other laboratory supplies.
  • Complete shift change form daily. The shift change form provides a status of all current samples and equipment as well as provides a guide for tasks required to ensure the lab is in a safe, clean and organized condition prior to the next technicians shift.
  • Clean throughout your shift to maintain a safe working environment. Address any spills immediately to protect yourself, your co-workers and the lab equipment from chemical exposure.
  • Maintain good housekeeping in both the retain room and QC Lab warehouse storage area.

 

CONTEXT AND ENVIRONMENT

  • The position requires working on rotating shifts (24/7 operations) at the discretion of supervisory and management personnel.
  • The position will periodically require overtime to meet production schedules.
  • No travel is required.
  • Personal protective equipment (e.g. respirators and chemical resistant clothing, hard hats, safety eyewear, etc.) that may be required at times will increase the level of physical stress experienced by workers.
  • Understand the hazards and risks associated with maintenance and repair activities in a chemical manufacturing facility. 
  • Retain knowledge of basic chemistry and chemical hazards and apply this knowledge in daily work activities.
  • Make independent judgments concerning assigned tasks, considering safety and environmental concerns
  • Safely wear and/or use required personal protective equipment.
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements.
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.).
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents.

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS /WORK EXPERIENCE

  • The minimum educational or experience requirement is a 2 year technical chemistry degree or 5-7 years of related laboratory experience. 
  • Computer literacy, with experience in Excel, Word, and Access software. 
  • Physical requirements include continual standing, and frequent walking and climbing stairs in the plant. 
  • Maintain training required to ship hazardous and dangerous goods internationally and domestically

 

DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCIES

Technical expertise

  • Ability to assimilate new information and apply it to unfamiliar situations in the future.
  • Ability to improve safety, organization and house-keeping with minimal direction
  • Ability to independently utilize Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for the protection of the individual, coworkers and the environment.

Organizational expertise

  • Strong safety-minded work ethic and work history
  • Strong team member skills including communication, participation, and expressing mutual respect

 

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion ($10.4 billion USD) in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

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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