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Intern, Commercial Quality Assurance

The purpose of this job is to perform laboratory testing and data analysis in support of activities associated with the production, sale, and distribution of REG products; with continuous improvement of REG product quality, manufacturing processes and with business development initiatives.
Analytical Support

  • Assess quality and operability for products sold by REG
  • Assist in designing and conducting laboratory experiments in support of continuous improvement and business development initiatives
  • Evaluate feedstocks for REG manufacturing processes
  • Write technical reports and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as needed
Laboratory Functions
  • Organize and maintain laboratory data and other laboratory records
  • Perform general laboratory maintenance and cleaning
  • Perform laboratory testing as required
  • Document all laboratory work, observations, and test results in laboratory notebooks, instrument records, and technical reports
Quality Support

  • Compile and analyze data, and generate data reports for applicable stakeholders using Microsoft Excel and PI
  • Coordinate sample analysis with independent laboratories
  • Create, update, and organize technical documentation for REG products and resources
  • Provide technical and product quality information to REG team members from other departments and locations
Other frequent duties:

  • Adhere to existing safety standards and help develop new laboratory safety practices whenever possible
Perform other duties as assigned

  • Be available for daily work and overtime as required
  • Demonstrate attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and to provide technical information and guidance to non-technical parties
  • Ability to use office equipment (computer, copy/fax machine, telephone, postage meter, etc)
  • Organize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meeting deadlines
  • Provide suggestions to offer alternative perspectives to situations
  • Record results, generate computer reports, and process written records on a timely basis
  • Ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem
  • Work independently or with others as a team to complete assigned projects
  • Ability to analyze, report, and explain laboratory data to co-workers and management
  • Ability to distinguish colors, particularly red, yellow, green, and blue
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of chemistry and statistics
  • Ability to maintain a clean and orderly work environment
  • Possess the following competencies: Analytical Problem Solving, Planning and Organizing, Flexibility, Customer Focus, and Continuous Learning (is Observant a competency?)
Education Required: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree – Science, Engineering, Data Analysis, or related degree
**Senior, Junior, or Sophomore status preferred
Experience Required: Laboratory, research, or customer service experience required
**Relevant courses, club participation and internship preferred
Skills Required
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, OneNote)
Basic accounting skills
Advanced math skills
Basic chemistry knowledge
Special skills or knowledge preferred:
Knowledge of oils and fats or of other agricultural products and processing
Knowledge of petroleum industry and products
Experience with product quality assurance methodologies and troubleshooting (root-cause analysis, statistical quality control, etc.)