Lab Manager

Job#: 1367953

Job Description:

Apex Systems is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual for the role of Lab Manager in the Lima OH area. This role is a direct hire position and a great opportunity to work with an industry leader in the corn ethanol and animal feed industry. Relocation candidates are invited to apply.

The ideal candidate will have 5+ years of ethanol/animal feed production lab experience, an in-depth understanding of production lab equipment (such as HPLC, Gas Chromatography, Ice Chromatography, Lab Centrifuges, etc.).

About Our Client:

Touted as the best and most user-friendly corn-processing plant in the area, Guardian Lima is responsible for the production of ethanol and animal feed.

Job Overview:

This position is responsible for managing the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program for the ethanol plant to ensure maximum production quantity and quality, while supporting policies, goals and objectives of the company.

Specific Responsibilities:

Manage plant QA/QC program.

  • Initiate and implement plant QA/QC program based on best practice in the ethanol industry.
  • Monitor use and inventories of laboratory chemicals and supplies. Initiate re-ordering when necessary.
  • Maintain and calibrate laboratory equipment.
  • Prepare reports, analyze data and make recommendations for improving operation or solving process related problems.
  • Sample various points in the process and conducts QA/QC tests as required.

Order Process Chemicals as needed.

  • Monitor the usage of chemicals used in fermentation to ensure an adequate supply.
  • Negotiate prices and terms to maximize earnings.

Supervise Laboratory Tech and Utility Operators.

  • Ensure that technicians are adequately trained, equipped and motivated, so that QA/QC program can be accomplished in a safe, timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Assist with hiring of laboratory personnel.
  • Assist Plant Manager with conducting employee performance reviews based on job descriptions to determine competency, knowledge and contribution of the process operators.
  • Maintain and update operating and training manuals for the QA laboratory. Ensure that technicians are trained on the most updated version of the operating procedures.

Monitor plant QA/QC parameters.

  • Review the operation of the plant constantly to monitor production and quality, to anticipate problems and solve in a timely manner, and to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Initiate and carry out projects that improve efficiency, production, and/or reduce operating costs.
  • Maintain adequate records on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, of key QA/QC variables.

Maintain safety, health and environmental policies and procedures.

  • Ensure county, state, and federal regulations relating to the QA laboratory are met at all times.
  • Direct, maintain, and enforce the safety program for the QA laboratory; review safety records to uphold standards of maximum safety for all laboratory technicians.
  • Ensure effective participation by the process operators in the implementation of QA/QC policies and procedures.
  • Maintain environmental control program including testing and reporting as required by regulatory agencies.

Position Requirements & Experience:

  • 5+ years experience in a QA laboratory in a dry-mill ethanol plant or related industry preferred.
  • Experience with implementing effective QA/QC programs.
  • In-depth knowledge of mashing, fermentation, and distillation as they relate to the ethanol production process.
  • Experience with environmental testing and reporting.
  • Knowledge of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
  • In-depth understanding of HPLC, Gas Chromatography, Ice Chromatography, Lab Centrifuges, etc.
  • Strong social skills, leadership abilities, and mentorship/training background.

Apex Systems is a world-class IT services company that serves thousands of clients across the globe. When you join Apex, you become part of a team that values innovation, collaboration, and continuous learning. We offer quality career resources, training, certifications, development opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in many awards, including ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing® in Talent Satisfaction in the United States and Great Place to Work® in the United Kingdom and Mexico.

Employee Type:

Lima, OH, US

Job Type:

Date Posted:
August 24, 2023