Laboratory Technician Lead

Job Details

Job Ref:
3518 Dillon Rd, Jamestown, NC 27282
Chemist and Lab Tech
Employment Type:
Full Time


When Alfred Fain founded a small Rhode Island tire store in 1924, at the time no one could have predicted how Teknor Apex would become an international custom compounder sought out by companies around the world. After a nearly hundred-year journey that’s carried us through acquisitions and expansion, we now have nine U.S. locations, as well as operations in Belgium, Singapore, Germany, and China.

Throughout this global expansion Teknor has remained a privately held company, and today Fain’s grandson sits at the helm, maintaining the family’s tradition of fostering deep employee and customer relationships. These relationships are what allow us—together—to deliver customized compound solutions and help our customer’s create better products.

“Manufacturing is a team sport and we work together to achieve our goals.”  ~Jon Fain, CEO

Join the team behind our custom compounds. 


To supervise the work and activities of Quality Control Technicians in a safe and efficient manner. Ensure employees follow company policies and procedures. Utilize resources to meet customer expectations, quality metrics, and production schedules.

Assist the Quality Lab Manager in leading Quality Lab. Responsibilities include insuring safety/environmental, equipment calibration/maintenance, and quality procedures are followed. Respond to any quality incidents; determine quarantine, adjustment, and blend off priorities and direct staff as needed. Assist technicians with incident investigations and root cause analysis. Report maintenance issues for timely completion and assist process engineering on continuous improvement activities. Be active in the daily meetings that are held in the facility to ensure solid communication between shifts.


  • Assist Quality Lab Manager and work on projects to improve plant performance.
  •  Perform all laboratory functions with competence and minimal or no supervision.
  • Provide training as needed.
  • Backup other positions and shifts as necessary
  • Assist the Quality Lab Manager in leading the QC Lab staff at the site. Establish shift priorities based on the schedule and resolve quality issues during the shift.
  • Monitor the workforce to make sure that all procedures are being followed and the tools and equipment are being used as designed. Discuss any deviations with the lab manger and work to improve them. Stop any unsafe conditions and foster a spirit of cooperation within and between shifts and departments.
  • Achieve plant and department goals by helping the lab manager to communicate job expectations to the team. Make recommendations to the lab manager on improving the processes.
  • Assist the lab manager by analyzing data, investigating issues, identifying solutions, and recommending actions.
  • Assist the lab technicians by ensuring quality testing requirements are followed and by enforcing the company quality systems and procedures. Reviews completed test data for accuracy and completeness.
  • Ensure the safe and proper operation of equipment by technicians. Evaluate and issue maintenance work orders when necessary.
  • Ensure a clean safe work environment by educating and directing personnel in the proper use of equipment and resources and maintaining compliance with our safety and environmental policies.
  • Desire to improve professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops and benchmarking state of the art practices.
  • Serve as the backup lab manager when needed.
  • Other duties may be assigned


  • Associate degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school; or 3 to 5 years related experience: or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Good communication skills.
  • Certified forklift

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


  • Ability to solve problems by using basic quality tools and analyze various data information and reports
  • Normal color vision with shade discrimination
  • Portrays leadership qualities- Aspires to become a leader in the organization
  • Exhibits professionalism- Follows through on commitments
  • Quality- Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
  • Culture Champion- Ethical Leader that sets an example for the team
  • Organizational Support- Follows policies and procedures
  • Effective Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Mechanical Aptitude and ability to work on several projects concurrently
  • Strong Math Skills and the ability to calculate percentages on batch sheets
  • Information Systems- Able to learn and utilize ERP systems and support systems
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills
  • Fosters a positive work attitude and aligns with Teknor Apex’s Values
  • Ability to identify employee capabilities and assist the production manager in training employees in the organization
  • Proficiency with computers using Windows Operating System and Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Outlook

Shift Available:

Shift- 1st shift 8:00am - 4:30pm

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