Lab Manager

MRC Corp
Trona, California
100-120K + bonus, relocation, benefits, etc.
Closing date
Oct 10, 2021

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Summary – Located in the southwest desert of the US, our client uses an environmentally friendly solution mining technology to extract mineral rich brine solutions from beneath the surface of a dry desert lake system. Processed on site, the brine is used to produce products such as sodium carbonate, boric acid, sodium sulfate, and specialty forms of borax. We are helping them to identify a Laboratory Manager — QA/QC. The successful candidate will provide management and technical guidance to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the analytical laboratory operation. They will be responsible for a QA group, a control lab, a specialty lab for proprietary chemistry and analysis, a certified environmental lab function and three satellite labs.

They will be responsible for, but not limited to the following:

  • Provide leadership and training to laboratory operations personnel.
  • Ensure accurate evaluation, interpretation, and verification of data (samples, calibration, and quality control) for analyses performed in the laboratory.
  • Be the main customer contact point for resolution of technical issues and quality issues.
  • Lead budgeting and planning efforts for laboratory function.
  • Develop, standardize, and document lab processes to optimize efficiency of analyses and reporting.
  • Ensure accuracy and statistical rigor of analytical results.
  • Develop lab asset replacement plan and coordinate acquisition of new equipment.
  • Participate in continuous improvement efforts within the lab and company.
  • Provide reporting for all finished products to internal and external customers for specified compliance.
  • Determine, negotiate, and agree on quality procedures, standards and specifications with customers’ representatives and internal business product management executives and facility managers.
  • Manage the internal and external customer complaint management and reporting systems.
  • Maintain expertise on all quality topics including but not limited to document control, training, and quality incident reporting for the lab.
  • Manage ISO 9001 Quality System and other quality certifications as well as create, control, and distribute SVM Product information such as Technical Bulletins, Foreign & Domestic SDS, and technical compliance documentation.
  • Support plant personnel and engineers with analytical data to help maintain and improve plant performance.

Qualifications/Experience etc.:


  • BS Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
  • 3+ years’ experience with analytical methods, data interpretation and relevant statistical analysis of results.
  • Minimum 5 years’ of experience in Laboratory Management/Supervision
  • Must understand efficient laboratory organization and operation, including sample flow through the laboratory and daily sample output.
  • ISO9000 auditor certification required.
  • Basic knowledge of inorganic chemistry strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of Global GMP preferred.
  • Lean Six Sigma or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Skilled in data analysis, statistical methods and be familiar with scientific instrument software.
  • Working knowledge of manufacturing and quality operations.
  • ‘Hands-on” and willing to “roll up sleeves” and work at all levels of organization as circumstances require.
  • Familiar with analytical instrumentation, including GC, ICPOES, NMR, IC, UV-VIS spectroscopy, titration and auto-titrator theory and operation, pH testing, specific gravity, particle size testing, and other wet chemistry methods and sample preparation and analyses.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, troubleshooting, and effective problem identification and solution skills.
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong analytical, verbal and writing skills.
  • Able to work in the US without sponsorship.


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