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Chemist - Analytical Chemistry

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Testing & Laboratory
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035753 Requisition #
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SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.

SGS provides a range of services that will sample, test, certify and inspect the treatment and quality of the products; from field to fork - this includes trade, shipping, supply chain monitoring, food safety and outsourcing programs. With services available throughout Canada, SGS is located in the agricultural heartlands of our country.

This position is expected to plan and organize research projects, assist in instrument analysis / trouble shooting, and conduct production analysis. Motivate laboratory staff involved in such projects.

The primary job functions are to:
1) Conduct R&D projects in guidance with supervisor, as assigned in the department by meeting turnaround and quality standards.
2) Participate in production workflow, as necessary by meeting turnaround and quality standards.
3) Solve all day-to-day process and technical problems.
4) Supervise and train departmental staff as necessary.
5) Participate in business development activities to expand business

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

• In guidance with the supervisor, develop new methods and work on improving the efficiency of existing methods and Standard Operating procedures as assigned.
• Conduct sample extractions related to method developments.
• Schedule the daily operations of the chromatography instruments such as, GC’s, HPLC’s, GCMS, LCMSMS and ICPs.
• Accountable for routine and non routine equipment maintenance.
• Coordinate activities to schedule instrument usage.
• Ensure scheduled maintenance is carried out on instruments. Accountable for routine and non routine equipment maintenance.
• Maintain and record equipment calibrations.
• Supervise instrument troubleshooting and coordinate any necessary external services for repairs.
• Conduct instrument training sessions for staff.
• Prepare instrument and test method SOPs, Work Instructions, and other applicable instrument documents with the QA Manager.
• Participate in proficiency testing programs and support quality by investigating questionable and unsatisfactory results.
• Schedule production work flow when assigned so that client deadlines are met in a timely fashion; monitor throughput and performance.
• Solve day to day production and process problems within the department.
• Monitor and maintain lab QC standards. Responsible for the quality of all data released by the department.
• Interpret and evaluate test results.
• Supervise staff to carry out laboratory analysis according to established methods and meeting Quality Control (QC) standards.
• Ensure that the quality of data, current methodologies and execution of the methods are in compliance with the current accreditation under ISO 17025, cGMP, and other applicable international standards and regulations.
• Work in partnership with other supervisors to solve client problems to ensure quality and customer satisfaction standards are met.
• Keep up-to-date with the advancements in new technology and bring them to the attention of the management.
• When necessary, obtain quotations for new instruments, and work with SGS procurement division to prepare necessary documents for management approval.
• Conduct Safety and QC crew talks for employees.
• Perform other miscellaneous projects as assigned.
• Train & motivate reporting staff, set goals, review performance and assess training needs, at least once a year.
• Plan and initiate procedures and systems necessary to ensure the maintenance and improvement of the company quality program.
• Accountable for maintaining production and quality targets, and ensuring optimal staff levels to achieve production, quality and financial targets.
• Responsible for designing, co-ordinating and executing training programs that are consistent with management objectives, includes quality system awareness, continuous technical improvement and personnel performance reviews.
• Ensure each person within their responsibility has undergone an orientation, and has sufficient knowledge for their safety and health while at work.
• Ensure that each person has sufficient information, resources and materials to do their job safely.
• Directly responsible for their area housekeeping and cleanliness on a daily basis.
• Directly responsible for ensuring all safety equipment is in place on a daily basis.

Additional Information:

SGS Canada is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to achieving greater accessibility by providing accommodation for people with disabilities during our hiring process. Accommodations are available on request for qualified candidates during each stage of the recruitment process.

Please note that candidates applying for Canadian job openings should be authorized to work in Canada.

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PROFILE

• BSc. degree in Agriculture, Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, or related field with five or more years of experience in a commercial agriculture or food testing laboratory setting at teamlead or supervisory level.
• A post Graduate degree or graduate level courses in Agriculture related discipline preferred

REQUIRED SKILLS

• Ability to lead in accreditation process for lab including, Health Canada, CFIA, ISO 17025, and FDA.

• Experience in pesticide residue analysis
• Computer literate.
• Knowledge of ISO 17025:1999 and ISO 9001:2000 requirements
• Sound knowledge of good laboratory practices.
• Familiar with official accredited methods such as AOAC, AOCS and USP methodology.
• Familiar with Agricultural and Food matrixes.
• Knowledge of the Canadian Agricultural sectors (Grain, Meat, Fishery, etc.) is required.
• Must be able to read, understand and follow work instructions in a safe, accurate and timely manner.
• Proven ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects in a fast-paced, highly professional environment.
• Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills including grammar and composition (Proficiency in French would be a strong asset).
• Excellent interpersonal skills; Excellent report writing skills.
• Strong leadership and management skills with a demonstrated ability to lead and manage people.
• Superior organizational, communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
• A sense of diplomacy and networking skills are essential to build relationships with external clients as well as key internal personnel.
• Must be creative, innovative and client-focused.
• Previous experience providing client services is an asset.
• Excellent customer service, client support, and business service consulting skills. 
• Proficient in using various types of computer software (Word, Excel. PowerPoint, Outlook).
• A solid understanding of MS Project Management and Oracle applications would also be an asset.

• Ability to work well with others & independently.
• Proven time management skills and a strong attention to detail.
• Works well under pressure.
• Ensures full compliance with the company’s Health & Safety, Code of Integrity, and Professional Conduct policies.

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