Quality Control Chemist

  • 115 Lena Dr, Aurora, OH 44202, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Our Divisions:

Bulk Apothecary was founded in mid 2010 as a small brick & mortar specialty retailer in Streetsboro, Ohio and has since grown to become one of the nation's largest online suppliers of natural ingredients and essential oils. Our main focus from the beginning was soap and candle making supplies, but word of our fantastic prices, amazing quality and excellent customer service spread.  Within 3 years, we expanded our offering to a wide range of specialty ingredients and vitamin supplements and had a dominant online presence that was growing by the day.  Today, we still operate our small store in Streetsboro, Ohio but also have an online presence that's growth is nothing short of amazing. 

Natural Essentials was founded in 1995 and has quickly grown to one of the Nation's premier contract filling companies. Because of our strong focus on quality, customer service and price, Natural Essentials has maintained outstanding growth in one of the worst economies in U.S. history. Today, Natural Essentials employees nearly 150 employees and manufactures products that are found in almost every retailer in the USA.

Job Description

Quality Control Chemist

Job Description

Perform or assist in any and all laboratory tests and procedures which include, but are not limited to, microbial testing, IR testing of raw materials, viscosity, pH, specific gravity testing, and water testing. This position must travel frequently between the Manufacturing facility and the Distribution Facility that are a mile apart.  

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform microbial limits testing of products, per CTFA and USP guidelines

  • IR spectroscopy testing of raw materials using an IR spectrometer

  • Calibrating laboratory equipment as needed.  This includes the pH meter and analytical balance, which must be performed daily as used, and the micropipette, which must be done quarterly, or as needed based on use

  • Safely disposing of biohazardous waste, either through steam sterilization or chemical sanitization (using bleach or isopropyl alcohol)

  • Viscosity testing using using a Viscometer

  • Specific Gravity testing using an analytical balance and pycnometer

  • pH testing using a pH meter

  • Recordkeeping of all laboratory tests conducted.  This includes, but is not limited to, IR spectra, raw data from counting microbial plates for microbial limits testing, daily temperature records of incubators and refrigerators, calibration logs for pH meter and analytical balance, etc.

  • Maintaining a current inventory of all laboratory reagents and consumables

  • Maintaining a laboratory notebook.  This is a legal document which must be kept indefinitely.  All pages should be numbered, and a table of contents should be maintained in the first few pages, for ease of reference.  All raw data from every procedure should be written in the laboratory notebook, signed and dated. This includes, but is not limited to, sample prep information for the start of microbial limits testing, pH values from pH testing, plate count data from completed microbial limits testing, viscosity data from testing the viscosity using the viscometer, etc.

  • Weekly testing of the plant’s water system, via filtration method

  • Microbial testing associated with Cleaning and Sanitization of plant equipment

  • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment as necessary for the job.  This includes long pants, closed toe shoes, laboratory coat, safety glasses and disposable nitrile or latex gloves

  • Train relevant personnel in biological safety measures necessary for access to the microbiology lab

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Efficient in Word and Excel, familiar with Google documents

  • Ability to problem solve and work independently

  • Attention to detail

  • Basic mathematical skills

  • Knowledge of biological safety levels

  • Aseptic laboratory technique

  • Basic laboratory skills and/or equivalent combination of experience and formal training

Working conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Regularly able to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds

  • Standing, sitting, or walking for more than 8 hours a day

  • Work environment involves exposure to physical and biological risks, such as operating dangerous equipment, extreme temperatures, working with chemicals, unpleasant odors, and working with microbial agents associated with human disease

  • Wearing PPE as necessary for the job

  • Restricting access to the Microbiology lab

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.