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TestAmerica Laboratories Inc

Environmental Laboratory Supervisor I - Wet Chem

Post Date:Dec 29, 2017Type:Full-Time
Start Date:12/29/2017Salary:
Location:US-IL-University Park Job Reference:4796/3288

Job Description:

Job Summary

The Supervisor I provides technical and operational support to a specific laboratory area while participating in daily sample production. Responsibilities include but are not limited to scheduling and prioritizing work tasks, training, problem solving, implementing new procedures and methods, analyzing samples, reviewing and validating data and completing reports.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Coordinates work projects with project managers to appropriately prioritize laboratory workload to meet client requirements.

2. Manages in-house projects for an assigned department to ensure on-time delivery (OTD) and turnaround times (TAT) requirements are met.

3. Release samples to laboratory personnel and communicates due dates and update turnaround times (TAT's).

4. Supervises Analysts to maximize productivity and ensure appropriate testing procedures in compliance with quality assurance (QA) and standard operating procedure (SOP) requirements.

5. Communicates department issues and provides status reports to next level of Lab Management and Project Managers.

6. Assist Department Manager to evaluate individual performance in yearly performance review as well as providing feedback on an on-going basis to lab personnel.

7. Responsible to ensure proper training all new analysts and develops staff on skills, equipment and procedures.

Secondary Duties

1. Preparing department reports as assigned by laboratory management.

2. Tracking department productivity.

3. May perform department safety inspections to maintain EH&S requirements.

4. May have input into hiring and firing decisions

5. May stock and order supplies as needed.

6. May dispose of samples according to EH&S requirements.

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7. May clean work area(s) to maintain a safe working environment.

8. Assists other laboratory departments as needed.

9. May prepares and analyzes samples for analysis based on method requirements.

10. May reviews data produced in assigned department and authorizes its release.

11. May operates and maintains sophisticated analysis instrumentation requiring advanced and specialized knowledge.

12. Creates and updates department standard operating procedures (SOP's).

Supervisory Responsibilities

Oversees the responsibilities of Analysts, Technicians, second shift supervisor (if applicable), temporary employees

Working Relationships

Internal contacts:

 Department Managers for project prioritization

 Project Managers for project specifications

 Quality Assurance Mangers for compliance issues

 EH&S Coordinator for proper sample disposal

 Analysts and Technicians to delegate assignments

 Sample Control personnel to retrieve samples

 Other department leaders to assist as needed

External contacts:

 Auditors

 Vendors and suppliers

 Service representatives

 Manufacturer technical support


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


 Education:

BS/BA in Chemistry or related field

 Experience:

Minimum 3 years' experience in a laboratory setting.

 Licensure/Certificate/Registration:



 Analytical and/or General Science

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 Quality Assurance Plan

 Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures

 Laboratory safety rules and chemical hazards

 Maintenance of laboratory instruments

 Advanced knowledge of laboratory procedures

 Knowledge of effective supervisory and management skills

 Government contracting regulations


 Good communication skills

 Computer skills

 Strong organizational and time management skills

 Problem solving skills

 Supervisory and management skills


 Ability to prioritize

 Complete work within time and quality constraints

 To confront and successfully resolve both day-to-day and non-routine, complex problems

 Plan, set, and attain goals

 Effectively lead employees

 Effectively train employees

Material and Equipment Used

 Laboratory testing instruments and meters

 Computers

 Standard office equipment

 Manuals and SOP's

 Supervisors Policy Manual

 Personal protective equipment

Physical Requirements

Lifting and Carrying:

Lifting up to 50 pounds and carrying up to 30 pounds when moving samples and disposing of waste

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Pushing and Pulling:

Pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds when moving sample carts and gas tanks

Body Positions:

Sitting (50% of time) when working at computer, doing paperwork, or analyzing samples, standing (25% of time) when analyzing samples, walking (25% of time) when moving about laboratory. These percentages vary significantly based on duties being performed. Must be able to sit, stand, or stoop for long periods of time.

Body Movements:

Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching when getting supplies, samples, and performing analyses

Hand Use:

Handling samples, operating instruments, data entry, computer keyboard


Conversational hearing ability


Performing analyses, viewing computer screen, doing paperwork, reading reports


Conversational speaking ability

Environmental Conditions

Typical laboratory environment with occasional time in office areas requiring long periods of time standing or sitting dependent upon duties being performed.

Varying degree of exposure to fumes, odors, dusts, and gases dependent upon samples being analyzed. Constant background noise from hoods, fans, and laboratory instruments. Potential exposure to toxic, caustic, or carcinogenic samples in laboratory area.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

Contact Information
TestAmerica Laboratories Inc
Name: Testamerica Laboratories Inc

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