Lab Supervisor

Occidental Petroleum Corp.(Oxy) LaPorte , TX 77571

Posted 1 week ago

Contribute. Grow. Lead...with OxyChem. Looking for a challenge? Desire to achieve your true potential? OxyChem is a growing, action-oriented, safety driven chemical manufacturing company continually striving to be the best in the business while staying focused on environmental protection. The secret to our success has and will continue to be our people.

Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) is a leading North American manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine and caustic soda - key building blocks for a variety of indispensable products such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and water treatment chemicals. Other OxyChem products include caustic potash, chlorinated organics, sodium silicates, chlorinated isocyanurates and calcium chloride. OxyChem's market position is among the top three producers in the United States in 2020 for the principal products it manufactures and markets. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

In a fast-paced industry that demands precision, we create a supportive workplace where the safety and well-being of our employees are paramount. We are committed to rewarding top performers, offering very competitive pay and benefits, and providing tremendous career development opportunities. We are looking for an experienced and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Lab Supervisor within our Battleground Plant located in La Porte, TX.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Execute administrative responsibilities for all lab functions including supervision, training, and development of personnel, budget formulation, cost controls, equipment & supplies procurement, and maintenance to facilities & equipment.

  • Direct the routine operation of the Battleground Plant.

  • Participate in customer audits and surveys.

  • Approve and issue test methods to be used in routine work.

  • Coordinate development of operator test methods and provide supplies and training for the operator test methods.

  • Provide analytical support to operations, process engineering, and Technical Service groups.

  • Maintain safety in the lab operations including conducting monthly safety meetings and by participating and promoting participation in safety programs such as Job Observations and Near Miss Reports.

  • Recommend changes in product specifications as appropriate.

  • Investigate customer complaints.

  • Maintain a Quality Assurance program for the lab.

  • Evaluate new equipment and methods to improve lab performance and efficiency.

  • Maintain an efficient laboratory data management system including core user responsibilities for SAP.

  • Direct the creation of Certificate of Analysis for product shipments.

  • Ensure all sampling, analysis and quality control requirements are met to satisfy EPA, TCEQ, and other regulatory as well as certifying agencies.

  • Bachelor's Degree in chemistry or related field (biology, physics, computer science, zoology); or successfully completed a laboratory technician training program at a community college or technical school (equal to a two year Associates degree).

  • 5 to 10 years of industrial lab experience preferred.

  • Thorough understanding of Quality Control Laboratory operations.

  • Understanding of laboratory analytical methods, instrumentation, and functions with the ability to perform mathematical calculations.

  • Wet Lab Chemistry Knowledge:Basics - moisture, pH, Specific Gravity, Total Solids and other lab equipment and procedures.

  • Expertise in Sample Manager Client, Application, Database and proprietary Sample Manager programming language, "VGL".

  • High proficiency in Microsoft applications (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to read, write and speak in English

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team.

  • Ability to work weekends, holidays and respond to callouts on a non-routine basis.

  • Physical requirements - Must be able to lift 40 lbs, climb ladders and stairs. Walking, bending, stooping is required. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment including the use of a respirator. Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms.

  • Valid Driver's License with the ability to drive between manufacturing sites.

Oxy is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Individual with Disability / Veteran Status

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