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Lab Supervisor


Bay City, MI, US, 48706

Req ID:  75607
Facility:  BAY CITY-5055
Department:  EC Bay City Lab
Division:  Global APS and Supply Chain

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2021, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fourth consecutive year.

Basic Function

The Lab Supervisor is responsible for leading activities and personnel in EC USCA PAD laboratories.  The basic function of the position is to ensure that the EC USCA PAD laboratories operate at a world class level for safety, accuracy, and efficiency.  The Lab Supervisor will oversee the execution of testing and development of improved procedures and processes to enhance the team’s impact on the business by effectively collaborating with our customers, PAD engineers, other LYB laboratories, marketing, sales, manufacturing, and business leadership.  This position is responsible for guiding and developing the EC USCA PAD Lab technicians and will report into the Innovation & Lab Manager.

Roles & Responsibilities

Promote Goal Zero, safety, housekeeping, and compliance policies and practices.  
Support Goal Zero, safety, housekeeping, and compliance policies and practices.  Operate in a safe, clean, and productive manner.  Ensure that all safety and housekeeping policies are followed by team.  Support efforts to enhance the safety of Lyondellbasell operations.  Promote all aspects of the Lyondellbasell Health, Safety, and Environmental guidelines. 

Oversee Lab Operations
Ensure that laboratories operate in a safe and productive manner.  Develops and implements regular scheduling with the goal of meeting timing needs of internal customers when possible, and prioritizing in collaboration with internal customers when it is not possible to meet all needs.  Develop and refine operating practices so as to continually improve accuracy and efficiency of lab operations.  Ensures that test results are reported promptly and that key observations are reported to internal customers.  Assist in the development and improvement of testing capability and procedures.  Oversees activities so that good documentation practices are followed.  Ensure QC Calibration Program is properly maintained.  Ensure compliance to ASTM, ISO, and / or customer mandated protocols, when applicable.  Ensure the accuracy of work instructions, laboratory standards, calculations, and reporting generated by Laboratory Technicians.  Establish and maintain a system that insures compliance with the technology budget. Identify and justify capital expense items and oversee the installation and set-up of new equipment or constructions.

Analytical Services Support
Develops new or improves existing test methods that can be used to more accurately evaluate or predict material performance.  Coordinates with other internal technical centers to translate best practices or in development of new evaluation methods.  Assist internal customers (Commercial, Quality, Process Engineers, PAD, etc) through the use of cause/effect evaluations to gain an understanding of the causes and corrections for material failures.  Conduct analysis to gain knowledge of the capabilities and composition of competitive materials.  Collect samples and submit for outside testing as appropriate.  Support the business by serving in role of internal auditor.

People Leadership & Global Collaboration:
Complete personnel management responsibilities (e.g. performance evaluations, performance feedback, etc.) per company timelines.  Help team members build effective development plans.  Trains all pertinent personnel in the methods and equipment used to prepare and evaluate composite materials.  Collaborate with other functions and regions of the business.  Responsible for all management responsibilities for team.


Min. Qualifications

The position requires an associates or bachelors degree.  Degrees in polymer science or engineering, material science or engineering, mechanical engineering, composites engineering, or chemistry are preferred.  

At least 5 years of industrial laboratory experience is required.  Polymer or composites processing and testing knowhow is a plus. 


Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

Nearest Major Market: Bay City
Nearest Secondary Market: Saginaw

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