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Occidental Petroleum Lab Supervisor in Wichita, Kansas

Title: Lab Supervisor Location: United States-Kansas-Wichita Other Locations:


Contribute. Grow. Lead...with OxyChem. Looking for a challenge? Desire to achieve your true potential? OxyChem is a growing, action-oriented, safety driven chemical manufacturing company continually striving to be the best in the business while staying focused on environmental protection. The secret to our success has and will continue to be our people.

Occidental Chemical Corporation (OxyChem) is a leading North American manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine and caustic soda – key building blocks for a variety of indispensable products such as plastics, pharmaceuticals and water treatment chemicals. Other OxyChem products include caustic potash, chlorinated organics, sodium silicates, chlorinated isocyanurates and calcium chloride. OxyChem's market position is among the top three producers in the United States in 2021 for the principal products it manufactures and markets. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.

 In a fast-paced industry that demands precision, we create a supportive workplace where the safety and well-being of our employees are paramount. We are committed to rewarding top performers, offering very competitive pay and benefits, and providing tremendous career development opportunities.

We are looking for an experienced and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Lab Supervisor with our Chemical Manufacturing Facility located in Wichita, Kansas.


Essential Job Duties:

Manage the analysis and certification process for shipment of all finished products of the Wichita Plant.

Assure that the Wichita plant is furnished with analytical analysis for process control decisions and technical studies in a timely, accurate, low-cost manner, on a 24 hour/day, 7 day/week basis.

Assure that the Wichita Plant is in compliance with all environmental standards by providing manpower and support of the environmental responsibilities of the Control Lab in accordance with KDHE certification requirements.

Review existing methods of analysis for Wichita Plant products and seek to improve them via in-house expertise, knowledge gained from R&D or technology available from equipment vendors. Communicate with other OCC plants regarding analytical methodology and provide other locations with analytical services.

Approve methods of analysis for operating materials, raw materials, intermediate process samples and products of the Wichita Plant. Issue Methods of Analysis for distribution to customers by Sales.

Act as a consultant in general and analytical chemistry to Wichita Plant, provide technical manpower for analytical support of the Wichita Plant and cooperate with Operations in the solution of quality problems.

Manage other Laboratory functions including, but not limited to: Storage of production samples, packaging and shipping samples, Laboratory supplies, sampling, and instrument maintenance.

Maintain recordkeeping systems in the Laboratory for analytical data and Lab operating statistics, to support plant operations and customer specification requirements. Provide statistical data for customer contract review decisions and quarterly reports.

Responsible for all Quality Control Lab functions including the supervision, training, and development of lab personnel; budget formulation and cost control; equipment and chemical purchasing; facility and equipment’s maintenance; and equipment calibration.

Assure proper administration of Human Resource's policies and pay practices regarding personnel in the laboratory.

Manage certification and sampling process for NSF Certification.

Quality Management Representative - Maintain Quality System (ISO 9001-2008) expertise to provide input to plant quality planning, practices and implementation; coordinate resolution of product quality non-conformances and customer complaints; coordinate audits to ensure the plant complies with the requirements of the quality system; coordinate with purchasing and the plant to approve raw material suppliers; and ensure that corrective actions/preventive actions related to the quality system or product's quality are implemented. Quality participant in external customer audits of the Wichita Plant.

Plays a leadership role in the ISO 9001 Quality process as it applies to laboratory analysis and overall Product Quality Control.

Fulfill personal responsibilities in accordance with all safety and environmental requirements and insure that all personnel assigned to the laboratory fulfill their responsibilities in accordance with all safety and environmental requirements.

Participate in the Wichita Plant process safety programs to complete Process Hazard Analysis, to complete the Management of Change requirements, and to investigate process safety incidents. Ensure process safety information is current and accurate for the physical assets (P & IDs), for the process conditions (PFDs), for the process chemistry (MSDSs), and for the technician-process activities (procedures and work instructions). 


Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

5 or more years of laboratory experience

Knowledgeable in analytical/general chemistry, ISO 9001-2008 standard, and general managerial skills including budget administration

High proficiency in Microsoft applications (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Ability to read, write and speak in English.

Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a team.

Must possess valid driver’s license.

Physical requirements – Must be able to lift 40 lbs, climb ladders and stairs. Walking, bending, stooping is required. Must be able to wear personal protective equipment including the use of a respirator. Must be able to respond to visual and audible alarms. 


Additional Desired Qualifications:

MS/MBA desirable

Knowledge of SAP desirable

Prior lab and supervisory experience with excellent organizational and communication skills

Knowledge of NSF certification requirements desirable

Internal Auditor experience desirable 


Occidental is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, political preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.