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CHS Inc. Lab Project Lead Technician in Rochelle, Illinois


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Lab Project Lead Technician

Job Posting:

CHS has an exciting opportunity in our Global Grain and Processing group. We are looking for a Lab Project Lead Technician to initiate and develop projects based on current and future lab equipment, chemical and enzyme products, as well as current and future processes. You must be process driven and detail oriented, with excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

You will:

  • Assist Quality Assurance Lead in carrying out the plant quality control program for all feed stocks, intermediates, and finished products.

  • Maintain and calibrate all laboratory equipment.

  • Operate gas chromatograph and liquid chromatograph.

  • Augment Operations staff in performing standard and extraordinary analytical testing in order to troubleshoot plant operations and/or facilitate process improvements.

  • Support laboratory housekeeping program.

  • Actively participate in safety, health, and environmental programs.

  • Perform other duties as needed or assigned.

  • Approach every task with safety as the first work consideration. Adhere to all safety policies and procedures. Identify and mitigate hazards before starting work tasks. Maintain situational awareness to identify and mitigate potential hazards while performing work tasks.

Basic Qualifications: (required)

  • Associate’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related technical field required

  • 1 plus years of work experience with fermentation and/or distillation processes in industry or academia

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Must be able to properly utilize personal protective equipment in order to safely handle laboratory and process chemicals and antibiotics

  • Must be able to climb ladders and stairs

  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access

Preferred Qualifications: (desired)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related technical field

  • Formal education in fermentation and distillation processes in a dry-mill ethanol refinery

  • 2-5 years of work experience with fermentation and/or distillation processes in industry or academia

  • Experience in a dry-mill ethanol refinery laboratory or equivalent laboratory experience

  • Knowledge of basic principles in usage, maintenance, and user-level programming of new computerized laboratory equipment

  • Strong background in experimental procedure and data analysis

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CHS offers a competitive total compensation package. Benefits include: Health, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation , 401K, Company Funded Pension, Profit Sharing, Long and Short Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance. This position will have opportunity for growth.

CHS Inc. is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products. CHS is an equal opportunity employer/disability/veteran.

Effective January 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires employers to conduct a pre-employment verification full query against the newly established License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse prior to beginning employment in a position that requires a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL). Candidates seeking employment in a position that requires a commercial motor vehicle license must voluntarily enter their information into the FMCSA and must provide disclosure authorization, at the time of offer, to CHS or an authorized third-party agent of CHS to verify information.

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Quality Assurance / Quality Control