ALS USA Inc./ALS Canada Ltd

  • Sample Preparation Supervisor

    Location CA-ON-Sudbury
    Posted Date 1 week ago(7/13/2018 10:10 AM)
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Sample Preparation
  • Overview

    ALS provides a broad range of testing and analytical services to a wide variety of end markets and industries around the globe. We continue to remain at the forefront of the testing services industry, building an enviable reputation

    Location: ALS Geochemistry, Sudbury, ON

    Reports to: Branch Manager

    Position Type: Full Time

    Classification: P6

    About the PositionThe Sample Preparation Supervisor is responsible for supervision of the Sample Preparation staff; making sure that productivity quotas and goals are met and/or exceeded. The priority for this position is to ensure that the department runs smoothly and that all standards are followed by the staff to ensure client instructions are followed correctly.


    Specific Responsibilities:


    • Manages the process of sample preparations as per Prep Supervisor;
    • Maintains shift production levels and ensures sample preparation work meets required turnaround time;
    • Coordinate and prioritize daily workloads;
    • Ensures that all Standard Operating Procedures are adhered to;
    • Ensures that all staff follow safety procedures and policies when working;
    • Perform work order entry checks;
    • Determines when client sample processing instructions are missing, incomplete or ambiguous; accomplishes this by close liaison with layout personnel and the work order entry group;
    • Maintains close liaison with Manager, Assistant Manager, and other lab staff to ensure the smooth delivery of our services to clients;
    • Identifies and resolves internal and external problems when they arise;
    • Investigate client inquiries and complaints related to quality issues and be able to suggest proactive actions;
    • Responsible for training and development of the Sample Preparation technicians on routine prep samples, handling and processing of NORM (naturally occurring radioactive materials);
    • Conduct monthly crew talk to discuss safety and quality issues with the staff;
    • Organizes employee shift work in consultation with the Prep Supervisor;
    • Helps with employee performance evaluations, discipline and other issues as they arise in consultation with the Manager;
    • Assist in keeping staff training records and controlled documents up-to-date;
    • Update and generate prep QC data charts;
    • Performs basic mechanical maintenance as required;
    • Use correct methods in accordance with the established procedures and schedules while ensuring analytical quality;


    Physical Demands:

    • Ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time;
    • Ability to work in a hot and dusty environment;
    • Manual dexterity to perform repetitive tasks;
    • Ability to lift up to 50lbs (occasionally lifting may exceed 50lbs and assistance is mandatory from either another employee or the lift assist equipment);
    • Be cleanly-shaven in order to wear protective equipment.

    • Please note that ALS operates 24/7 and will require day, afternoon, and graveyard shift work including weekends.


    About You:


    The ideal candidate would have:

    • Minimum 3 years work experience in a commercial minerals laboratory or minerals sample preparation required;
    • Degree or diploma in mineral/geology /Chemistry an asset;
    • Forklift licence/certification, or experience driving a forklift an asset.

    You would also be:

    • Experience in managing and training staff;
    • Hands-on experience with laboratory computer systems;
    • Basic Mechanical aptitude;
    • Organized and highly motivated individual;
    • Detail oriented individual with a strong commitment to quality and safety;
    • Ability to work independently and/or as part of a team;
    • Ability to effectively handle a high volume of work and time critical issues;
    • Strong interpersonal skills along with the ability to exercise diplomacy and tact;
    • Excellent  English communication skills both written and verbal;
    • Excellent computer skills including LIMS, Webview, MS Word, Excel and Outlook.


    Looking for further details?

    • Candidates interested in this opportunity should apply online by July 27, 2018.
    • We would like to thank everyone for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



    ALS welcomes and encourages applicantions people with all levels of ability. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


    ALS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where the different strengths and perspectives of each employee are both recognized and valued.


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