Chemist II - Supervisor Laboratory - Climax Mine- Leadville, CO

Climax Molybdenum Co., a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan, is the world's leading molybdenum producer and supplier. Our global operations include both primary and byproduct molybdenum mines, integrated global operations, and local customer care. We provide our worldwide partners with the most reliable supply and highest quality molybdenum and rhenium products. We have a long and successful history of conducting our business in a safe, highly efficient and socially responsible manner.
We offer outstanding opportunities for individuals who seek challenging, exciting and rewarding work for a company that supplies molybdenum for a variety of high-value applications in industries ranging from steel and oil to aerospace and construction. We encourage you to take some time to explore your career opportunities at Climax Molybdenum.
This position is located at the Climax Mine site off of CO-91 between Silverthorne, CO and Leadville, CO. This is a rural, alpine area approximately two hours from the Denver metropolitan area. The mine is at an altitude of approximately 10,200 feet. In the winter, the average high temperature is 31 degrees and the average low is 3 degrees. In the summer, the average high temperature is 71 degrees and the average low is 38 degrees. The average snowfall in Lake/Chafee counties is in excess of 200 inches per year.
Serve as a bench leader, providing technical expertise, guidance and advice while conducting research, analyses, synthesis and evaluation of raw materials, process samples and final products related to modern day domestic and international mining operations. Perform quantitative analysis techniques by using various analytical instrumentation as well as classical wet chemical and gravimetric techniques and assures optimization and improvement of analytical methodologies to develop processes for new product development and quality assurance.
Serve as technical advisor on laboratory issues and analyses
Develop formulations, standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products and tests in support of research and development, material characterization, metallurgical process enhancements and final product quality assurance
Contribute to new research and analytical method development; matching testing procedures or mining processes to ore body and developing appropriate techniques/SOPs and safety protocols
Perform training, oversight, mentorship and may serve as supervisor of technicians
Prepare timely and accurate reports and deliver presentations on processes and projects to Chemists, Engineers, Metallurgists, and management
Research quality control/quality analysis issues and make recommendations to Sr. Chemist/Chief Chemist for evaluation/correction
Evaluate and administer contracts with vendors for the provision of services and equipment
Maintain current working knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local regulations
Perform other duties as required
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or very closely related field with a strong emphasis in Chemistry (e.g., Chemical Engineering, Biology) and two (2) years of experience as a Chemist in a research/analytical lab environment
Knowledge of the principles and methods used in complex chemical, laboratory and quality assurance analyses
Current knowledge of laboratory instrumentation
Familiarity with modern analytical chemistry instrumentation methods
Good decision making skills regarding proper laboratory technique and comparative laboratory procedures
Ability to research and analyze information of considerable difficulty and draw valid conclusions
Skill in effective communication, both verbal and written
Must have good application of computer programs and basic understanding of statistical data analysis
Ability to develop and maintain awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions
Skill in following safety practices and recognizing hazards
Prior experience supervising or managing a lab with direct supervision of lab technicians
Experience managing lab personnel, including scheduling, training and workload
Experience in a production environment
Experience using StarLIMS software for entering and reporting laboratory results
Experience in performing wet chemistry analysis using ICP-OES
Ability to understand and apply verbal and written work and safety-related instructions and procedures given in English
Ability to communicate in English with respect to job assignments, job procedures, and applicable safety standards
Must be able to work in a potentially stressful environment
Work is in a mine or manufacturing plant setting, which may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity, moving mechanical parts, risk of electrical shock, toxic chemicals, explosives, fumes or airborne particles.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs and ladders, work on elevated platforms, talk, hear and see.
Occasionally may be required to lift moderately heavy objects (up to 40 pounds) during the course of the workday.
Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine, outdoor, manufacturing or plant environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required.
Freeport-McMoRan promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing and on-going random drug testing.
Freeport-McMoRan has reviewed the jobs at its various office and operating sites and determined that many of these jobs require employees to perform essential job functions that pose a direct threat to the safety or health of the employees performing these tasks or others. Accordingly, the company has designated the following positions as safety-sensitive:
Site-based positions, or positions which require unescorted access to site-based operational areas, which are held by employees who are required to receive MSHA, OSHA, DOT, HAZWOPER and/or Hazard Recognition Training; or
Positions which are held by employees who operate equipment, machinery or motor vehicles in furtherance of performing the essential functions of their job duties, including operating motor vehicles while on company business or travel (for this purpose "motor vehicles" includes company owned or leased motor vehicles and personal motor vehicles used by employees in furtherance of company business or while on company travel); or
Positions which Freeport-McMoRan has designated as safety sensitive positions in the applicable job or position description and which upon further review continue to be designated as safety-sensitive based on an individualized assessment of the actual duties performed by a specifically identified employee.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veteran/Disability

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