• Lab Supervisor Specialist

    Location US-IL-East Alton
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/22/2018 9:14 AM)
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    Manufacturing Salary - All Openings
  • Overview

    GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, utilizes more than 60 different copper-based alloys to produce specialized sheet and strip products for a variety of end uses.  Primary markets for our high-performance products include automotive, microelectronic, and communication interconnects, as well as a long history in the supply of standard alloys in the manufacture of ammunition, coinage, and builders’ hardware.  We draw strength and success from the dedication of our employees, many of whom have spent decades working in our industry. We currently have an opportunity for a Lab Supervisor Specialist at our East Alton, Illinois, facility.


    Purpose of Role

    This role has responsibility for oversight of the Brass Mill Metallurgical Lab, as well as the Fabricated Products Cupping Lab, Fab Commercial Lab, and Gage Lab. Role will be responsible for supervision of hourly laboratory personnel, upkeep of equipment, and driving accurate, precise, and timely measurement and reporting. Moving the labs to a self-directed state requiring minimal day-to-day direct supervision and intervention is a long-term goal.  Additional responsibilities include metrology controls, technology improvements and supporting production needs.  A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected.    


    Core Accountabilities

    • Directly manage all laboratory activities – hourly employees, supplies, equipment maintenance, equipment calibration, data integrity, product certification, etc. Utilizing Lean principles develop proficiencies in 5S methodologies, identify opportunities to eliminate waste, improve productivity, and implement cost reduction. Where possible, identify opportunities for the system to drive a self-directed work force related to these activities.
    • Continually improve safety performance in all laboratories through active improvements as well as influencing employee behaviors. Accomplish proactive efforts through proper training, active participation, audits, and communication.  Understand and support the VPP process.
    • Analyze laboratory data to drive improvements. Develop additional proficiency in areas of statistics and measurement systems analysis (MSA, GR&R).  Support further development of internal and customer SPC requirements as required by each laboratory. 
    • Continually develop and support systems that drive efficient, consistent disposition of non-conforming product. Focus on streamlined communication and reporting of held metal as well as management of product sort needs when applicable.
    • Identify improvements to our ISO 9001 and IATF 16949 quality management systems while supporting prescribed requirements—especially in the areas of calibration, prevention, correction, document control, risk analysis and continuous improvement. Maintain and improve lab SOPs and work instructions as well as SOJTs.



    1. Technical degree preferred;
    2. High level of knowledge of laboratory equipment is required.  Basic understanding of metallurgy is preferred;
    3. Knowledge of calibration protocol is required.  Knowledge of SPC is preferred.  Certification in metrology is desired;    
    4. Familiar with manufacturing, safety and quality concepts, practices and procedures;
    5. Ability to communicate (verbal and written) technical information and strong organizational skills;
    6. Strong skill set in ISO 9001 requirements is preferred;
    7. Strong leadership skills and ability to develop a self-directed work team. 

    Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Veteran




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