13 Sep
Biofuel_Research_Manager
Pennsylvania, Erie

Biofuel Research Manager
Summary: Leading, managing and directing, and a large laboratory to advance our company’s biofuel research located on Penn State Behrend Campus. The laboratory performs wet chemistry techniques and utilizes analytical instrumentation (such as ICP-OES and Gas Chromatography) for a variety of purposes. This work also involves conducting and directing research to develop and implement new or improved Technology, laboratory testing methods, or procedures.
Responsibilities:
Liaison between Penn State Lab and Erie Management Group.

Plans, organizes, and supervises the conduct of quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis.

Perform tests throughout stages of production to determine degree of control over variables, including but not limited to: temperature, time, concentration, pH, density, specific gravity, vacuum, and pressure.

Plans, organizes, coordinates, and supervises laboratory work to insure adequacy and accuracy of testing and to achieve optimum utilization of instrument and wet chemistry techniques.

Plans, organizes, coordinates, and supervises research and development to achieve optimum utilization of current and potential Biodiesel technologies.

Develop safety procedures to be employed by workers operating equipment and/or working in close proximity to on-going chemical reactions.

Plans and directs the conduct of applied chemistry research to develop new or improved methods, techniques, and procedures for laboratory analysis.

Determines needs; prepares laboratory budget recommendations; and prepares preliminary purchasing specifications to maintain and develop the laboratory capabilities and services.

Perform laboratory studies of steps in manufacture of new product and test proposed process in small scale operation such as a pilot plant.

Design measurement and control systems for chemical plants based on data collected in laboratory experiments and in pilot plant operations.

Design and plan layout of laboratory.

Develop, organize, retain, and distribute required analytical reports to required personnel.

Coordinate waste chemical disposal program.
Position Dimensions:
Number of Employees Supervised – 5

Budgetary Responsibilities – $150,000

Revenue Generating Responsibility – NA

Inventory/Company Assets – $650,000

Other – NA
Employment Standards:
Education – Masters’ Degree in Chemistry or a closely related field required. PhD desired.

Experience – Graduate research experience with biofuel is preferred along with Leadership/Supervisory experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:KNOWLEDGE COMPETENCIES:
Communication - Excellent verbal, written communication skills

Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. Knowledge of lab equipment. Knowledge of SPC charting may be helpful.

Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
SKILLS COMPETENCIES:
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
ABILITIES COMPETENCIES:
Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Physical — The ability to lift 30 lbs. The ability to work in a standing stationary position for long periods.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A pre-employment drug test is required for this position. Random drug testing may be instituted.
**NOTE: This position profile should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. The company seeks to comply with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations regarding persons with disabilities. The company will reasonably accommodate otherwise qualified applicants or employees with disabilities in all employment practices.

Erie Management Group, LLC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Erie Management Group, LLC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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