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Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. Lab Manager in Mount Vernon, Indiana

  • Green Plains

  • LABMA03120


Mount Vernon, IN, USA


Job: Lab Manager

Location: Mt. Vernon, IN

Job Summary: Responsible for managing the quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) of the ethanol plant to ensure maximum yield and quality, while supporting the goals and objectives of this company.

Essential Functions include but are not limited to:

  • Manage plant QA/QC program and monitor based on best practice in the ethanol industry.
  • Monitor use and inventories of laboratory chemicals and supplies. Initiate reordering when necessary.
  • Monitor calibration and maintenance of laboratory equipment.
  • Prepare reports, analyze data and make recommendations for improving operation or solving process related problems.
  • Sample various points in the process and conduct QA/QC tests as required.
  • Supervise QA laboratory technicians.
  • Ensures technicians are adequately trained, equipped and motivated, so QA/QC program can be accomplished in a safe, timely and cost efficient manner.
  • Maintain and update operating and training manuals for the QA/QC laboratory.
  • Ensure that all technicians are trained on the most updated version of the operating procedures.
  • Communicate regularly with all technicians, both individually and as a group, to ensure consistent implementation of the program.
  • Assist with hiring of laboratory personnel.
  • Conduct employee performance reviews based on job descriptions to determine competency, knowledge and contribution of the process.
  • Monitor plant QA/QC parameters.
  • Review the operation of the plant constantly to monitor production and quality, to anticipate and solve problems in a timely manner, and to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Indicate and carry out projects that improve efficiencies and/or reduce operating costs.
  • Maintain adequate records on a daily, weekly and monthly basis of key QQ/QC variables.
  • Direct, maintain and enforce the safety program for the QA/QC laboratory.
  • Maintain environmental program.
  • Implement environmental control program, including testing and reporting as required by regulatory agencies.
  • Maintain safety, health and environmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensure city, county, and state and federal regulations relating to the QA/QC laboratory are met at all times.
  • Communicate directly with operations supervisor to ensure effective participation by the process operators in the implementation of QA/QC policies and procedures.
  • Communicate directly with Maintenance Manager to coordinate maintenance and repair work in the laboratory.
  • Coordinate activities with other departments.
  • Implement programs and procedures required to ensure laboratory and plant cleanliness.

* *Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from a four year college or University in a related scientific or technical field.
  • Four years of experience in a QA Laboratory in a dry-mill ethanol plant.
  • Experience with implementing effective QA/QC programs.
  • Waste water certification preferred but not required.
  • In-depth knowledge of fermentation and distillation as they relate to the ethanol production process.
  • Waste water industrial class B certification preferred but not be required .
  • Carry out responsibilities in accordance with the organizations policies and applicable laws.
  • Assist with interviewing, hiring and training laboratory employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraisal performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must have expertise and proficiency in office computer software, e.g. word processing, e-mail and spread sheets.
  • Must have the ability to work efficiently with computerized laboratory equipment.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/move up to 50 lbs.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to work near mechanical parts.
  • The employee may be exposed to dusty conditions.
  • The employee is regularly exposed to high noise environments.
  • The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather in all conditions.
  • The employee may be exposed to chemicals used in the process.

Green Plains Inc. offers competitive pay; a generous benefit package including casual work environment, health, dental vision, life insurance, paid holidays, Paid Time Off (PTO) and a 401(k) retirement plan with immediate vesting and company safe harbor matching. All potential employees of Green Plains Inc. will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening and background check prior to employment.

* Qualifications:*

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed 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. Other duties may be assigned.

Posted: August 21, 2020