Quality Assurance Tech

Memphis, TN 38112 | Temporary

Post Date: 03/28/2018 Industry: Manufacturing Pay Rate: $20-$25

Memphis Cellulose is actively searching for a Quality Assurance Laboratory Technician. This position creates value by supporting our cotton linter pulp mill in the production of high purity cotton linter pulp.



  • Perform job duties in a safe and effective manner
  • Operate and run lab equipment
  • Perform testing duties swiftly, effectively communicating issues and re-testing as needed
  • Retrieve and prepare samples for testing, using manual cutter, picker, or other equipment
  • Maintain clean, tidy and orderly lab environment
  • Perform calculations, enter data, analyze and assign quality and communicate results and issues
  • Work with minimal direction to complete testing accurately and quickly so that modifications can be made while mill is running
  • Perform routine calibration checks on all critical lab equipment per the posted ISO specifications
  • Verify test accuracy and report inconsistencies to supervision
  • Adhere to all mill health, safety and environmental guidelines, policies and procedures
  • Authority to question suspect data
  • Participate in and lead cross functional groups to complete specific projects for process improvements
  • Perform internal quality audits and internal ISO audits
  • Draft quality assurance standards
  • Provide quality data, such as at daily coordination meetings, alerts and Quality Leadership Team meetings to identify and communicate improvement areas to the mill



Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in science-related or pursing a degree in a science related field with a graduation date no later than May 2019
  • Familiarity of quality lab practices/techniques
  • Leadership skills and the ability to motivate people to create value and eliminate waste
  • Experience safely operating lab equipment
  • Experience troubleshooting quality issues and lab equipment issues
  • Solid understanding and use of statistical and quality tools (e.g. DOE, data analysis, etc)
  • Ability to use math skills to solve complex problems
  • Ability to execute projects independently
  • Ability to learn and use pertinent chemistry principles
  • Demonstrate structured decision-making and problem-solving abilities
  • Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office products
  • Willingness to work in industrial/manufacturing plant setting
  • Willing and able to work a rotating, twelve (12) hour shift alone, including daytime, evening, weekend, holiday and overtime hours. May require continuous standing/working/walking during these shifts
  • Willing and able to pull and lift up to 50 lbs
  • Willing and able to wear all required Personal Protection equipment (PPE), to include but not limited to; safety glasses, safety shoes, goggles, aprons, gloves, and full face respirator
  • Willing and able to be professional in conduct and dress when working with customers, when representing the company and with company personnel
  • Maintain strict adherence to safety rules, training and compliance regulations
  • Willing to work in a tobacco free environment

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience supporting manufacturing operations
  • Experience in or knowledge of cellulose chemistry
  • Root Cause Analysis experience
  • ISO Knowledge/background experience
  • Experience in internal ISO or third party audits
  • Certification in Six Sigma or other improvement methodology
  • 3-5 years of lab experience
  • Previous work experience in a shift environment
  • Ability to perform maintenance and calibrations on equipment in the QA lab.

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. We are an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test.

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