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Quality Lab Associate III - Chemistry (1st Shift)

ID de la oferta JR - 131865 Ubicación Round Lake, Illinois, Estados Unidos Categoría de Trabajo Chemistry Fecha de publicación 04/17/2024

This is where you save and sustain lives

At Baxter, we are deeply connected by our mission. No matter your role at Baxter, your work makes a positive impact on people around the world. You’ll feel a sense of purpose throughout the organization, as we know our work improves outcomes for millions of patients. 

Baxter’s products and therapies are found in almost every hospital worldwide, in clinics and in the home. For over 85 years, we have pioneered significant medical innovations that transform healthcare.

Together, we create a place where we are happy, successful and inspire each other. This is where you can do your best work. 

Join us at the intersection of saving and sustaining lives— where your purpose accelerates our mission. 

Your Role at Baxter

This is where your creativity addresses challenges

You are creative, thorough, and a heads-down do-er. You embrace a challenge and truly apply the collaborative powers of your team to produce great results. You are motivated by work that is never the same from one day to the next. As a Quality Lab Associate III, you are unafraid of navigating through necessary internal processes to facilitate a product you deeply believe in. You can absorb and act on complex procedures and data and train your team or peers if needed. You take pride in getting things done quickly without sacrificing safety or quality.

The Quality Lab Associate III encompasses biological, chemical, and physical analyses on pharmaceutical products (biologics and drugs) through all stages of the manufacturing process from incoming raw materials to finished goods, and environmental monitoring programs.

This is a first shift position but will be required to work on weekends to support training of analysts and to support projects and/or production, as needed.

Your Team at Baxter

Within Quality, every role makes a difference. Products that Baxter makes are shipped worldwide for patients in need. Whether it's building a new process from scratch or facing a never-before-seen production hurdle, individuals within Quality are given the trust and opportunity to bring creativity to the table. Regardless of your specific role with a product, it is sure to touch a portion of our global operation.

The mission of Baxter is to save and sustain lives. This mission is embedded into everything we do. This means if there is a decision to be made where quantity and quality are at odds, we will always choose quality. Our patients come first, always.

The Quality function values both working together as a team and independently. We draw energy from working in a plant or an office where there are opportunities to collaborate. As the company evolves, so does the way our team approaches work as it strives to create top-of-the-line products.

We build relationships with each other to get work done. Building these relationships is easy because we all share common traits of being reliable, ethical, and caring. We lean on our colleagues for their expertise and hold each other accountable. We feel empowered to speak up when there's a new insight or opportunity to improve something. This open dialog builds trust within the team and helps create a better product for our customers.

What you'll be doing

  • Conduct critical chemical and physical analysis on raw materials, initial, in-process, and final products, and samples collected from the environmental monitoring programs at the Round Lake manufacturing facility.
  • Work under minimal to no supervision.
  • Serve as mentor to Quality Laboratory Associate (QLA) I and II positions.
  • Provide training and work direction for new hires.
  • Perform review of test data, which includes overall documentation practices.
  • Perform release functions in LIMS or other computerized systems.
  • Use sophisticated laboratory instrumentation (e.g., HPLC, GC) and computer systems to collect and record data.
  • Be a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on equipment and know how to troubleshoot issues.
  • Perform advanced chemical assays requiring precise analytical skills and understanding of biology and chemistry principles.
  • Complete all testing, including special project / protocol testing in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Maintain data integrity and ensure compliance with company SOPs and specifications, FDA, GLP, QSR, and cGMP regulations.
  • Participate in functions involving teams, which impact production, increase efficiency, solve problems, generate cost savings and improve quality.
  • Perform laboratory and manufacturing audits as required. Audit and update, as required, plant SOPs.
  • Perform equipment maintenance and calibrations as required.
  • Document the completion of testing in Notebooks, Controlled documents, Forms, and LIMS and maintain accurate and complete quality records.
  • Follow, understand, and comply with Baxter SOP’s and policies on cGMP’s and safety. Maintain a clean, safe, and organized lab area, and potentially assume responsibility to ensure that others maintain their lab areas.
  • Investigate deviations and write exception/OOL/OOS/OOT documents.
  • Support improvement projects and drive efficiency through utilization of LEAN management principles (i.e., 6S, Kaizen, etc.).
  • Proactively and cooperatively connect with peers and management to ensure awareness of progress and issues; recommend solutions when issues arise.
  • Maintain and meet the highest standards in quality, customer service and regulatory compliance.

What you'll bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or physical science with a minimum 5 years of experience.
  • Must have good oral and written communication skills, strong analytical skills, and be detail oriented.
  • Knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices is preferred.
  • Advanced laboratory skills with basic knowledge of statistical methods.
  • Strong technical problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently, and in a timely fashion.
  • Knowledge of Empower Chromatography Data Systems and LIMS is preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of GLP, cGMP requirements and familiar with USP/ICH guidelines is preferred but not required.
  • Must demonstrate effectiveness in ability to train others, empowerment, leadership, results orientation, and task completion.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, is self-motivated, demonstrates adaptability, and possesses a positive attitude in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds when required.
  • Occasional weekend work required.
  • Must not be color blind.
  • Must not be allergic to penicillin or cephalosporin drugs.

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. At Baxter, we are committed to equitable pay for all employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices. The estimated base salary for this position is $76,000 - $104.500 annually. The estimated range is meant to reflect an anticipated salary range for the position. We may pay more or less than of the anticipated range based upon market data and other factors, all of which are subject to change. Individual pay is based on upon location, skills and expertise, experience, and other relevant factors. This position may also be eligible for discretionary bonuses. For questions about this, our pay philosophy, and available benefits, please speak to the recruiter if you decide to apply and are selected for an interview.


The successful candidate for this job may be required to verify that he or she has been vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for individuals with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent vaccination, and in accordance with applicable law.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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Reasonable Accommodations

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