Analytical Instrumentation Supervisor

  • 3260 Production Way, Burnaby, BC V5A 4R4, Canada
  • Full-time

Company Description

Make an impact with SGS! With more than 94,000 employees and 2,600 offices and laboratories across the world, SGS is a silent force working hard behind the scenes to deliver quality and integrity to businesses across nine industries. As the world’s leader in providing inspection, verification, testing and certification services, Forbes ranked the SGS Group as one of the world’s top multinationals and one of the world’s most innovative companies. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index has also recognized the SGS Group for its sustainability processes. In Canada, SGS employs over 2,000 team members across 70 locations.

Job Description

  • Supervise staff to carry out laboratory analysis according to established methods and meeting Quality Control (QC) standards.
  • Schedule work flow through the department so that client deadlines are met in a timely fashion; monitor throughput and performance.
  • Monitor and maintain lab QC standards.  Responsible for the quality of all data released by the department.
  • Data evaluation and approval.
  • Capability of troubleshooting test methods and instruments.
  • Preparing method Standard Operating Procedures, validation protocol and reporting.
  • Solve day to day production and process problems within the department.
  • Work in partnership with other supervisors to solve client problems to ensure quality and customer satisfaction standards are met.
  • Train and motivate staff, set goals, review performance and assess training needs, at least once a year.
  • Plan and initiate procedures and systems necessary to ensure the maintenance and improvement of the company quality program.
  • Develop new laboratory methods in response to client/market needs.
  • Accountable for maintaining production and quality targets and ensuring optimal staff levels to achieve production, quality and financial targets.
  • Responsible for designing, co-ordinating and executing training programs that are consistent with management objectives, includes quality system awareness, continuous technical improvement and personnel performance reviews.
  • Ensuring each person within their responsibility has undergone an orientation, and has sufficient knowledge for their safety and health while at work.
  • Ensuring that each person has sufficient information, resources and materials to do their job safely.
  • Directly responsible for their area housekeeping and cleanliness on a daily basis.
  • Accountable for routine and non routine equipment maintenance.
  • Directly responsible for ensuring all safety equipment is in place on a daily basis.
  • May be assigned and asked to co-ordinate special or ad hoc projects as needed.



  • Education: BSc. or Diploma in a Science related program or equivalent experience or training
  • Experience: Minimum 8 years of relevant laboratory work experience required.

    Specific technical skills:

  • Previous experience using a variety of Geochemistry instrumentation, such as AAS, ICP-OES and ICP-MS

  • Strong leadership skills and experience in the supervising of small technical teams, ideally including the supervising of people in a minerals related laboratory.

  • Previous experience using laboratory instruments and the ability to operate and trouble-shoot them.
  • Knowledge of good laboratory practices and good management practices.
  • Must be able to read, understand and follow work instructions in a safe, accurate and timely manner.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills including grammer and composition.
  • Proven ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects in a fast-paced, highly professional environment.
    Candidates must be proficient in using various types of computer software (Word, Excel and Outlook).
  • Good hand/eye coordination when handling samples & lab equipment.
  • Must use good judgment to identify and resolve problems on the job.  When in difficulty refer problems to his/her Manager for resolution.
  • Advanced level of creativity required in solving routine problems.
  • Able to work well under pressure during high (peak) workloads and balancing conflicting demands of high volume versus the quality of results.
  • Proven ability to manage and coordinate multiple projects in a fast-paced, highly professional environment.
  • Ability to work well with others & independently.
  • Proven time management skills and a strong attention to detail.
  • Works well under pressure.
  • Extended hours and shift work may be required from time to time.
  • Travel to other SGS locations may be required from time to time.
  • Ensures full compliance with the company’s Health & Safety, Code of Integrity, and Professional Conduct policies.

Additional Information

SGS Canada is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to achieving greater accessibility by providing accommodation for people with disabilities during our hiring process.  Accommodations are available on request for qualified candidates during each stage of the recruitment process.

Please note that candidates applying for Canadian job openings should be authorized to work in Canada.

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