Quality Chemist in Itasca at Kester

Date Posted: 9/18/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Position Summary:

The Quality Chemist will need to apply knowledge of quality standards and procedures: review instructions, specification, and production schedules to determine method of conducting inspection and tests, sequence of operations and work assignments.  The main objective is to ensure and sustain high quality of product and delivery. The candidate must have the ability and knowledge to learn how to effectively utilize and apply ITW tools and best-known methods. The candidate will be held accountable to quality standards and processes and enhance positive communication with external and internal customers as well as co-workers.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform inspection and test on raw materials, work in-process, and finished goods by gathering materials necessary for testing and maintaining retention samples
  • Maintain inspection and test records
  • Prepare Certificates of Analysis reports for products
  • Use Statistical Process Software for data entry and respond to points out of specification or out of control, collect supporting data, coordinate investigation and ensure proper documentation is followed
  • Maintain metrology tools for capability and stability including calibrate inspection and test equipment/records and conduct capability and long-term stability studies
  • Assist and participate in root cause investigation for internal and external complaints
  • Conduct analytical testing when necessary as part of inspection and customer complaint investigation
  • Assist and participate in root cause investigation for internal and external complaints
  • Participate in continuous improvement process
  • Assist in quality, production, or R&D studies as needed
  • Create/update work instructions and procedures pertaining to Quality
  • Additional duties as assigned
    • Cross training in other QC departments
    • Availability to work overtime when work requires

Job Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in chemistry, engineering or related field
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience in Quality Assurance/Quality Control
  • Experience working in an ISO 9001 or TS/AITF 16949 environment, ISO/IEC 17025 certified Laboratory is a plus
  • Ability to read, write and interpret work process procedures, customer reports, and general business correspondence is required, as well as the ability to learn, apply and proliferate in-process statistical controls. Strong attention to detail and the ability to lift 50lbs is also required
  • Must be able to identify and follow internal procedure for process or equipment problems, develop and propose valid solution(s) to problems and actively participate in root-cause analysis efforts
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft applications and data entry
  • Experience supporting production and using wet chemistry, pH, titrations and viscometers is preferred. Knowledge of Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, 5S and Six Sigma a plus
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. as a precondition of employment
  • Sponsorship is not available for this position
  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship
  • Additional duties and tasks as assigned


Key Competencies:

  • Ability to Learn
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Technical Competence
  • Communication
  • Dependability
  • Safety/5S