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First Quality Retail Services Process Specialist - Wet Lab in Anderson, South Carolina

Process Specialist - Wet Lab


SC - Anderson



Employment Duration

Full time

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First Quality was founded in 1989 and, in nearly three decades, has grown to be a global, privately-held company with over 4,000 employees. Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, and Canada. First Quality is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (print and packaging materials), serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world. First Quality focuses on private label and branded product lines.

Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork. With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, First Quality is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years. We are seeking an experienced Process Specialist – Wet Lab for our Tissue facility location in Anderson, SC. This position will be responsible for setting up and performing laboratory/pilot plant trial studies, testing and evaluation of pulps and paper products including but not limited to: market hardwood /softwood chemical and mechanical pulps, non-wood and synthetic fibers, tissue, towels, napkins, and other related paper products. Testing requirements will range from chemical preparation, paper sheet formation, and physical testing on a wide variety of laboratory, pilot, and commercial equipment. The potential candidate should have hands on mechanical skills, be able to work in teams, and assist the lab manager to keep a clean and safe environment while insuring compliance with quality systems and regulatory requirements.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Work with product development team members to assist with all lab needs such as evaluating new ideas, new products, current product/process issues, competitive products, customer complaints etc.,

  • Accountable for both wet lab and dry lab equipment maintenance and performance.

  • Responsible for making lab scale tissue/towel sheets utilizing lab scale equipment, such as dynamic sheet former, pilot scale tissue machine with TAD/Yankee dryer, etc.

  • Responsible for analyzing fiber and process samples, and tissue/towel sheets utilizing several analytical techniques such as FQA, Mutek and Zeta Potential instruments, optical microscope, Instron tensile and ball burst testers, GATS absorption analyzer, softness analyzer, FTIR, GC-MS, UV-Vis, ICP-MS, etc.

  • Collect and ship samples during trials, maintain a record of samples collected, samples submitted for testing, and a database to organize and track all test methods and results.

  • Manage in-house wet chemistry/biocide testing program.

  • Supports development of operating procedures/forms for all lab equipment and processes.

  • Assist lab manager in keeping all lab equipment and procedures updated including SDS file, safety manual and instrument calibrations.

  • Maintain a lab notebook with all data recorded with dated entries and appropriate signatures for intellectual property documentation purposes.

  • Observes all safety rules and uses the proper safety equipment at all times.

  • Maintain confidentiality of products and processes at all times.

The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • Required Bachelors’ degree, with minimum 5-10 years of experience in a laboratory environment.

  • Pulp wet lab and/or paper lab experience highly desired; analytical lab experience a plus.

  • Good analytical/troubleshooting skills.

  • Should have strong work ethic and be a self-starter with minimal supervision.

  • Attention to detail required.

  • Focus on getting results in a timely manner.

  • Hands on mechanical/instrumentation skills desired.

  • Good computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft office applications such as Word and Excel.

Excellent compensation and benefits, which are effective the first day of employment!

First Quality is committed to protecting information under the care of First Quality Enterprises commensurate with leading industry standards and applicable regulations. As such, First Quality provides at least annual training regarding data privacy and security to employees who, as a result of their role specifications, may come in to contact with sensitive data.

First Quality is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, or protected Veteran status.