1+ months
2018-03-192018-05-18

Assistant Chemist II

Abbott
Tipp City, OH

At Abbott, we're committed to helping people live their best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 99,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Primary Function / Primary Goals / Objectives:

The primary functions of this position are performance of analytical testing on raw ingredients, in-process and finished product, and plant utilities.  This also includes testing for release of product to manufacturing for further processing, filling, and finishing.

Major Responsibilities: 

Conducts raw ingredient analysis - Includes simple titrations, identity testing using Infra-Red spectrophotometry, polarimetry, moisture testing, organoleptic testing, sediment testing, etc.

Conducts in-process and finished product testing including:  vitamin analysis, protein analysis, mineral analysis, fat by Mojonnier extraction technique, total solids determination, Iodide and chloride testing, vitamin C testing, choline determination, PAGE and ELISA testing, lactose, galactose and FOS analysis, nucleotide, gum arabic and soluble fiber analysis, tocopherol testing, and fatty acid profiles by Gas Chromatography.        

Performs Standardization for test  and check can (preparation, sterilization and evaluation of test and check can), KOH, potassium citrate, citric acid and final water calculations and physical tests such as pH, viscosity, grain color, sensory evaluation.

Makes batch adjustments by generating appropriate documentation for batch corrections and optimizations.

Makes batch calculations by generation and distribution of workorders and associated controlled documentation.

Conduct special testing required under an Interim Operating Procedure or any testing required under certification or validation protocols and assist in investigations into testing problems as required under the Retest Policy.

Observes all safety rules and regulations.  Reports incidents, near misses chemical spills in the proper manner supervisor.  

Completes project work as assigned by supervision and management.  This may include troubleshooting and maintenance of analytical equipment and test methods, maintaining related documentation, coordinating efforts with vendors/plant/Division personnel, developing appropriate training classes.

Responsible for maintaining an adequate inventory of all supplies related to the analytical laboratory.

Responsible for training new chemists on all laboratory operations which includes methods, procedures, documentation, maintenance and safety.
           
Conducts control sample analysis to determine validity of concurrent testing per method, water testing of minerals and volatile organic contaminants, Clean in place (CIP) Residual testing, testing of compressed gases for moisture and hydrocarbons, daily flavor and aroma of oils and weekly peroxide testing of oils, and completes any associated documentation and housekeeping responsibilities.  Completes Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly standardization, maintenance, system suitability’s and testing.

Perform other related duties as assigned

Education:

High school diploma (or equivalent) plus 1 year of college chemistry with appropriate labs and 1 year of college mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry or calculus), plus 6 years of related work or equivalent plant experience, with at least 3 years of laboratory experience.

OR

Technical Associates Degree plus 1 year of college chemistry with appropriate labs and 1 year of college mathematics (algebra, geometry, trigonometry or calculus), plus 4 years of related work or equivalent plant experience, with at least 3 years of laboratory experience.

OR

B.S. or B.A. Degree with at least a physical science minor, with at least 2 years of laboratory experience.

Background:

Knowledge of applicable regulatory standards and requirements for infant formula and nutritionals.


Ability to follow verbal instructions, recognize signs, follow written directions, prepare simple reports, read and record gauge and display readings and use their knowledge of chemistry acquired through formal education with moderate assistance from supervisor.  Mathematics knowledge would include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, fractions, proportions, and basic keyboard skills, computer skills and statistical comprehension is desirable.  Physical requirements for lifting and pushing 20-25 lbs. in addition to normal laboratory work.

The ability to effectively communicate with other chemists, operators and management with varying levels of education and experience.  Also recognizing the sometimes conflicting roles of manufacturing and quality assurance, and the ability to maintain clear priorities, and stay in compliance at all times.

Able to effectively train new chemists on all procedures and methods in the laboratories.  This position requires a high level of flexibility, adaptability and personal accountability due to the type and timing of the work involved.

Accountability / Scope/Budget:

A Chemist II has full responsibility for their own work.  The work orders are reviewed and audited by the supervisors for documentation errors. 

This position is responsible for a high level of attention to detail in following proper lab procedures, in ensuring the proper functionality of lab equipment and in completing related documentation.  An error in any of these areas could cause an incorrect batch adjustment, and possible release to market with an out-of-specification result.  This could result in product recall if detected, or possible serious health risk if not detected.    Additional testing and scrutiny could also occur, possibly resulting in a delay of the batch to market or possible batch destruct, which adds substantial costs to the manufacture of the product.

This position is also accountable for following lab procedures safely and efficiently.

This position is accountable for complying with applicable FDA (GMP), USDA, OSHA and Abbott/Ross regulations, policies, procedures or guidelines.


Job Family: Operations Quality
Division: ANSC Nutrition Supply Chain
Travel: No
Medical Surveillance: No
Significant Work Activities: Continuous standing for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)

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