NOW Foods QC Chemist I - 2nd Shift

Location: Plant (Bloomingdale, IL)
Department: QC Analytical Lab

Description

Founded by Elwood Richard in 1968, NOW Foods has grown from a small, family operation to a highly-respected manufacturer of natural health products. Today, NOW Foods manufactures and distributes over 1,400 dietary supplements, natural foods, sports nutrition, and personal care products. NOW’s state of the art manufacturing facilities are GMP-certified, and our quality testing labs are among the best in the industry.  The company has over 1,500 employees and its products are sold in more than 60 countries. The company remains family-owned and committed to its original mission: to provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.

NOW offers a competitive compensation structure and a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental and vision plans from tier one companies, Paid Time Off, 401k match up to $6,500 per year, educational assistance and company-paid disability and life insurance.  NOW employees also enjoy a wide array of unique benefits such as company-paid profit sharing, quarterly bonuses, employee discount, wellness program, company-paid Teladoc and Rx’nGo, and much more!  Many of our benefits are 100% paid by NOW – this is why NOW Foods has been awarded as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for” in Chicago TWELVE years in a row, and on the National Level SIX years in a row!

To learn more about NOW Foods, visit nowfoods.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/nowfoodsofficial, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NOWFoods or on Instagram at instagram.com/nowfoodsofficial.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

Working the 2nd Shift (2:45 PM-11:15 PM), the QC Chemist I tests materials for potency, identification and contaminants.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Independently prepares samples for instrumental analysis and runs standard methods on instruments.
  • Performs data interpretation and reporting.
  • Records and compares results to specifications. Notifies supervisor/lead when result is out-of- specification.
  • Orders supplies.
  • Dumps hazardous waste.
  • Performs housekeeping duties.
  • Uses the following types of instruments - FTIR, FT-NIR, HPLC, HPTLC, GC, UV-VIS, ICP/MS, LC/MS, pH meter, auto titrator, and balances.
  • Complies with safety and GMP requirements.

 

SAFETY RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

  • Supports a culture of safe production and operations; follows all safety rules and procedures.
  • Actively participates in the safety program by: engaging in training activities to learn what constitutes a safety hazard; reporting safety concerns to the supervisor, submitting safety suggestions, and correct or report to the appropriate people when you see a workplace health or safety hazard, until it is resolved.
  • Assists with communicating safety information to new employees.
  • Fulfills responsibilities as outlined in the company safety management plan.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

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 will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) or equivalent from four-year college or technical school in laboratory science field (i.e. chemistry, biology, etc.) and two to five years laboratory experience including hands-on HPLC, GC, ICP/MS or LC/MS experience.
  • Familiarity with general laboratory equipment and basic computer skills are necessary.
  • Hands-on HPLC and/or GC experience preferred.
  • GC/MS instrumentation and MS interpretation skills highly desired.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as product specifications, departmental instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, averages, ratios, proportions, and the metric system to practical situations.

 

REASONING ABILITY

  • Able to compare results obtained to specifications to determine if result meets requirements.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions.

 

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and change tasks frequently.
  • Ability to learn quickly, operate independently, and to assume responsibility for new tasks is necessary.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle testing equipment, raw materials and finished product, tools, or controls and communicate in person and on the telephone. The employee frequently is required to use his/her sense of taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to move from place to place within the facility, to reach, ascend and descend stairs, balance, or stoop, and move and install compressed gas cylinders and liquid nitrogen tanks. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision. Good manual dexterity is required.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The employee is frequently exposed to vapors and/or herbal aromas. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee may be exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals and biological materials.

 

It is the policy of NOW Foods to prohibit discrimination of any type, and to afford equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and prospective employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.





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