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Lab Manager

Job Requisition ID:  26191

Open Position Description – Lab Manager


The Lab Manager provides non-routine analytical support to the entire site’s chemical operation, works closely with analytical experts located at other Eastman locations and at our customer’s labs, and manages the day-to-day work of the site lab technician(s) and shift analysts.


The Lab Manager will also provide leadership to drive a Zero Incident Culture and ensure that process and personnel safety is properly executed daily.


The position requires thorough knowledge of analytical chemistry and requires the ability for planning and conducting independent work.  The Lab Manager must be very customer oriented.  As Lab Manager, this individual manages a department budget of >$1,000K and the individual is responsible for the quality of laboratory procedures, personnel training and personnel performance. 


Typical Duties:

Typical duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to safety and reinforce safe behaviors with the staff
  • Develop and perform laboratory tests as well as providing technical support to aid unit process improvement goals or troubleshooting efforts
  • Liaison with other analytical expertise located at other Eastman or customer locations
  • Manage the activities of the lab support staff of technician(s) and hourly analysts
  • Manage the laboratory department budget
  • Participate in internal, customer and regulatory audits. 
  • Identify and communicate the lab capital needs
  • Ensure that lab equipment is properly serviced and supplies are properly maintained
  • Coordinate with other service organizations to ensure that the lab facilities are properly maintained
  • See that the LIMS system for reporting data is properly maintained, that COAs to customers are accurate and timely, and that all environmental monitoring and reporting is per schedule
  • Ensure the accuracy of lab procedures and documentation
  • Ensure the staff is properly trained in the safe use of all equipment and that training is properly documented
  • Ensure laboratory compliance with ISO 9001 and cGMP requirements specific to the products
  • Support the Quality Coordinator on ISO 9001 and cGMP site audits by 3rd parties as well as routine compliance activities of other site organizations
    Essential Functions:
    Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • A broad knowledge of analytical techniques and standard lab practices
  • Perform assignments independently with only general direction as to the results expected
  • Troubleshoot lab equipment problems
  • Ability to work with and lead small teams
  • Assign and/or coordinate work for technician(s) and analysts
  • Coach team members routinely for improved performance
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering is required, advanced degree is a plus.
  • Approximately five years of experience working in a chemical plant or refinery laboratory
  • Lab supervisory experience is desired but not required
    Skills and Special Requirements/Licensing:
  • Familiarity with chemical laboratory techniques; especially GC, LC, and ICP.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, with all groups, contractors, and vendors
  • Ability to organize, delegate and manage projects
  • Experience in working with multiple discipline projects
  • Excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office
    Work Environmental & Physical Demands:
    The characteristics described below are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this position:
  • While performing duties of this job, would occasionally be required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop or kneel, talk and hear, and use fingers and hands to feel objects, tools or controls
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Occasionally work outside a standard 40-hour schedule.

Nearest Major Market: Galveston
Nearest Secondary Market: Houston

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