Chemistry Supervisor

Exova Portland , OR 97228

Posted 2 months ago


Element has an opportunity for a Chemistry Supervisor position at the Portland, OR food testing laboratory. The Chemistry Manager is accountable for coordinating client sample testing and turnaround times, review of sample testing data and interpretation of results, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting, review and improvement of chemistry methods as well as coordinating chemistry staff workload and schedules.


  • Operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of HPLC, GC and ICP instrumentation for the analysis of food samples according to AOAC, AOCS, FDA and EPA methods

  • Review and interpretation of results with Quality Assurance, acting as a problem solver and technical expert in making recommendations on data acceptability

  • Work with Quality Assurance to determine acceptable corrective actions for any non-conformance issues occurring within the chemistry department

  • Develop and monitor chemistry section proficiency and training records

  • Develop and monitor chemistry section schedules based on workload and staffing

  • Review standard operating procedures for the chemistry section and develop new analytical methods based on client requests

  • Accountable to meet On Time Delivery and First Time Right goals within the chemistry department

  • Ensure work compliance to ISO 17025 requirements

  • Ensure compliance to all Element Material Technology quality standards

  • Willing to assist in other activities from time to time that may be requested by the Operations Manager to assist in the execution of Element Material Technology annual targets and budget

Skills / Qualifications

  • Have a degree in chemistry or related scientific discipline with at least 5 years of experience

  • Strong troubleshooting skills and knowledge of HPLC, GC and ICP instrumentation

  • Have the ability to lead a team in a fast paced environment

  • Excellent math and computer software skills

Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration businesses in the world.

We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.

Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.

Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world's most trusted testing partner.

We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.

  • Safety
  • We keep our colleagues and visitors safe
  • Integrity
  • We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing
  • Excellence
  • We set new standards of excellence in everything we do
  • Partnership
  • We work together for the benefit of our customers

When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY. We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming "the world's most trusted testing partner".

All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.

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