Supervisor, Quality Assurance in Fort Madison, IA at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Date Posted: 5/4/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

We are looking for an Analytical Lab, Supervisor who will join our Quality Assurance team.

This position will be based at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Plant in Fort Madison, IA.  

Supervise the quality assurance analytical activities of the Plant Quality Assurance Lab.  Ensure that the products produced and distributed meet Corporate, customer, consumer, and regulatory requirements.  This includes achieving safety, quality and productivity objectives. Assist with supervision and activities of Fort Madison quality control.

What you’ll do in this role:

  • Develop, implement and manage data based procedures and decision-making, to ensure operations are in compliance with Corporate Quality Manufacturing Inspection procedures, as well as State/Federal Regulatory compliance. Specific action items include, but not limited to:

    • Develop Operator based quality procedures.

    • Ensure accurate, timely and cost-effective data is provided, by dept. resources, for production control and decision-making.

    • Identify, communicate and respond to consumer quality and safety concerns or trends, for prompt resolution.

    • Ensure Analytical Laboratory is in compliance with Corp. Quality standards.

    • Ensure products are all in compliance with all raw materials and formula specifications including understanding and applying chemical and regulatory knowledge to bring nonconforming batches into compliance according to strict regulatory requirements.

    • Monitor, document, and audit analytical methods and results to assure those test procedures are accurate and reproducible and that data is appropriately archived.

    • Troubleshoot and adapt analytical methods (HPLC, GC, AA, etc.) to ensure accuracy and reproducibility.

  • Establishing sustainable manufacturing based quality systems that incorporate data analysis, root cause analysis, and corrective actions processes at the operator level.

  • Manage and develop technically competent staff. Conduct/document ongoing appropriate & timely performance feedback, to include annual Performance Appraisals for direct reports.

  • Manage quality related interactions, including raw materials, with suppliers & tollers, under the guidance of Corporate Quality.

  • Approve raw materials and finished products process changes per  Management of Change guidelines.

  • Disposition product and approve process changes per Management of Change guidelines.

  • Direct supervision of Lab Analyst Technicians and indirectly leads Quality Control Technicians.  

What you’ll need to be successful:

  • Minimum, BS degree in Chemistry or related sciences.

  • At least 3 years experience in laboratory analytical services/management; analytical chemistry.

  • Must possess a sound working knowledge of analytical chemistry, process chemistry, laboratory instrumentation, computer automation, laboratory safety, document management, and manufacturing quality management practices.

  • Demonstrated people management skills.

  • Strong knowledge of chemical manufacturing processes (e.g acid/base chemistry, blending, etc.).

  • Strong knowledge of analytical techniques (e.g. HPLC, GC, atomic absorption spectrometry, FTIR, UV/VIS spectroscopy, viscometry, and bench top techniques).

  • Proven risk-based decision-making ability.

  • Ability to assemble, interpret, and explain analytical and chemical information to non-technical personnel through both written and verbal communication.

  • Working knowledge of various software programs including Microsoft Office (particularly Excel VBA) and analytical/ chromatography data systems.

  • Effective oral and written communications.

  • Ability to travel to various destinations, such as to Vendor/Supplier locations.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • A place on an engaged team of passionate colleagues in a growing and dynamic industry

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount)

  • 13 paid holidays and generous vacation policy

  • Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350)

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse)

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network, GroPride Network, and Scotts Young Professionals

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

Scotts is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

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Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Scotts Miracle-Gro company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.