What does a QC Chemist do?

Quality control chemists are chemists who are specially trained in procedures to evaluate and maintain quality control standards in a laboratory. They perform routine daily testing and inspections of lab equipment and materials. They ensure compliance with all applicable federal standards and regulations, along with adherence to internal quality guidelines and protocol. They also provide a range of support services and assist lab technicians and other staff. They investigate and research any abnormalities or non-compliant results. They are responsible for maintaining thorough and organized records and documentation.

Quality control chemists have at least a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related scientific field, although an advanced degree is an asset. They must have hands-on experience performing testing and other quality control procedures in a lab environment. These chemists must be highly organized and pay meticulous attention to detail.

What responsibilities are common for QC Chemist jobs?
  • Meet all timelines and deliverables in the support of the plan of record.
  • Participate in continuous improvement culture within the raw materials group.
  • Participate and use 5S, standard work, and visual management tools and processes.
  • Participate in scheduling, visual management, metrics, and continuous improvement activities.
  • Write and review technical documents such as raw material specifications, standard operating procedures, test methods investigations and change controls.
  • Represent QC in cross functional and site product meetings.
  • Support atypical or out-of-specifications test results, participate in investigations for resolution and correction.
  • Review data and documents for compliance and accuracy.
What are the typical qualifications for QC Chemist jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in biology, chemistry, life science or physical science.
  • Experience with R Language, HPLC, HACCP, and enterprise resource planning.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • Can run calibrations with an eye for deviations and strive for continuous improvement.
  • Fluent in writing protocols and spreadsheets.
  • Is a strong time manager and critical thinker.
  • Comfortable leading and presenting findings.
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How much does a QC Chemist make?

$64,392 /yr
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Drexel ChemicalDrexel Chemical
QA/QC Chemist
Nov 12, 2020

“Great place to learn and start your laboratory career.”

QC Chemist
Aug 18, 2021

“It provides a good opportunity to learn and develop your career goal.”

Lifecore BiomedicalLifecore Biomedical
QC Chemist II
Sep 19, 2021

“Great work and life balance.”

Thermo Fisher ScientificThermo Fisher Scientific
QC Scientist I
Nov 5, 2020

“Pay is pretty good compared to what I'm used to for similar work”

QC Chemist
Feb 28, 2022

“the pay was not great”

Voyant BeautyVoyant Beauty
QC Chemist
Mar 24, 2022

“Good team to work with”

QC Chemist
Feb 8, 2021

“Nice people to work with”

IPS CorporationIPS Corporation
QC Chemist
Dec 11, 2021

“Great opportunity for personal career development”

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