Assistant Laboratory Manager

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Date: Jun 28, 2024

Location: Sparks, Nevada, US

Company: Bureau Veritas


Bureau Veritas offers dynamic, exciting employment opportunities with an attractive salary/benefit package and an opportunity to play a vital role with a global organization. If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.

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This position is responsible to ensure equal opportunity in employment in that all persons are treated equally and on the basis of merit, in decisions regarding selection, placement, promotions, training, work assignments, transfers and other personnel actions.

City: Sparks 

State: Nevada

JOB TITLEAssistant Lab Manager – Metals & Minerals



SUMMARY: Support the Lab Manager of the Reno Lab by performing essential duties not limited but including, Job Writeups, monitoring lab techs to ensure proper technique and procedure are being performed, creating, developing and writing of lab SOPS as needed, troubleshooting and solving client complaints, finding root cause analysis of lab assay issues and creating solutions for them, chemical analyses as needed, fire assay coverage, ICP troubleshooting, standard making, etc, and tests to support research, product development, quality control, or regulatory compliance for BV Customers. You will work in the laboratory setting to ensure proper procedures are being followed with precision, along with working in an office setting looking over quality data, tracking and creating QC charts, following data trends, and setting up certificates to send out to clients.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Include the aforementioned, but not exclusively. Other duties may be assigned as required.


All duties are to be carried out in accordance with company policies, including Health and Safety, Environmental, Quality Management System, industry accreditation and applicable laws.



  • Manage write up of jobs and how they go through the lab.
  • Ensure departments are staffed to meet quality and turnaround time requirements.
  • Ensure accuracy in testing and data reporting.
  • Troubleshooting and finding root cause of client complaints and poor lab data. 
  • Finding solutions to solve client complaints.
  • Develop new methods as necessary.
  • Perform instrument troubleshooting, maintenance, basic repairs, and calibrations as needed.
  • Advise personnel of special test instructions/procedures.
  • Monitoring lab personnel to ensure quality work is being performed and followed accordingly.
  • Training of laboratory personnel in various methods following SOPS.
  • Writing and creating SOPS.
  • Review raw data entered into LIMS, evaluate results, and report final certificates of analysis.
  • Train and evaluate the performance of laboratory staff.
  • Oversee inventory and order supplies.
  • Receiving/approving orders in flex or other systems as needed.


Quality Control

  • Monitor performance of the quality control system to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Conduct root cause analysis and produce reports addressing nonconformances.
  • Manage traceability of data.
  • Communicate any discrepancies to upper management.
  • Maintain SQC materials and charts including statistical analysis to determine control status of systems.
  • Maintain efficient and well-organized data collection and filing systems.
  • Monitor performance in proficiency testing programs.
  • Creating CRMS/QCS and organizing the setup to have in house CRMS from it.
  • Monitoring weighing and digestion equipment to ensure operation within defined parameters
  • Preparing reagents and standards for instrument calibration/analysis and maintaining records thereof (Including new standards, method creations, etc)


Supervisor Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with multiple teams to ensure smooth workflow.
  • Address complaints and resolve problems.
  • Assign work to each lab technician depending on the workload per day
  • Ensuring lab technicians are staying focused and on task
  • Assigning new learning, training, cleaning, 5S tasks, to lab techs without work.
  • Communication with other labs (internal) Ie. Witham, Shanghai, etc
  • Ensure all lab verifications are being met and done on time (Oven checks, ICP maintenance, Balance verifications, etc)
  •  Report any deviation(s) from documented procedures to the Laboratory Manage
  • Report any nonconforming work, customer samples or test data to the Laboratory Manager.
  • Writing up of jobs of samples (preliminary’s, finals, and retrials) for the lab (LIMS AND SORBY)
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management



Financial Responsibilities

  • Approving Orders
  • Maintaining vision of Revenue for each month
  • Tracking of inter-group billing
  • Tracking and maintaining WIP to be accurate
  • CAPEX Orders
  • Communication with Vendors


Qualification Requirements

  • Metrics driven and solid decision maker.
  • Well organized, disciplined, and self-motivated, with the capability to balance multiple priorities in a high paced environment.
  • Knowledge of analysis, methods, and procedures in Trade Labs and/or Precious Metal Labs.
  • Knowledge of ICP-EOS – Understanding of matrix matching, calibration creations, interferences
  • Sample preparation and analysis performed according to ISO 9001 standards.
  • Fire Assay knowledge – particular on the MMT side.
  • Precious Metals Lab experience
  • Quality Assurance experience dealing specifically with Precious Metals and ICP Data.
  • Supervisor Experience



Associates or Bachelor’s Degree (Science) is preferred and/or minimum 5 years laboratory experience, of which a minimum of 3 years held in a supervisory capacity.



Ability to read and interpret technical language. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedures. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and general public.



Ability to perform basic algebra and statistical analysis. Must possess at least a basic understanding of general chemistry.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and create solutions.  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.




Ability to learn computer software programs.  Must have a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or fell objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.


The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee must occasionally cover and/or work in Fire Assay either to over for lab employee and/or to train or create fluxes.  Must be able to work in hot conditions for extended period of time.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near explosive material (depending on site) and is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles (depending on site).  T

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