Laboratory Supervisor

  • Augusta (Richmond County)
  • Permanent
  • Full-time

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Aurubis – metallurgy is our passion. We are a leading global multi-metal company and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide. We process complex metal concentrates, scrap metals, and metal-bearing recycling materials into metals of the highest purity. These metals serve as the basis for key megatrends such as digitalization, renewable energies, e-mobility, and urbanization. Aurubis has about 7,100 employees, production sites in Europe and the US, and an extensive worldwide distribution system. Join our team and promote progress together with us!

We are now excitedly seeking to fill positions at our newest facility located in Augusta, GA (Richmond County). We are committed to leading the way by influencing a sustainable future for our communities, by developing innovative solutions and by positively effecting the lives of our employees.

Job Summary:

The full-time position of an onsite LABORATORY SUPERVISOR reports to the Sample Preparation & Laboratory Manager and will oversee and manage the laboratory operations and personnel to ensure efficient and accurate laboratory results with focus on quality at Aurubis Richmond. This includes (but is not limited to):  establishing an atmosphere of operational excellence within the team, operating various laboratory equipment to analyze samples, developing and implementing laboratory procedures and protocols, managing laboratory resources, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, providing technical guidance and mentorship to laboratory staff, collaborating with other supervisors, identifying areas for process improvement, participating in laboratory research activities, and maintaining accurate records and documentation of laboratory operations. A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate day-to-day operations in a laboratory with focus on non-ferrous metallurgy paired with exceptional leadership skills, is committed to quality and accuracy in performing assigned tasks, used to work in shifts, and is focused on safety and environmental topics. The position’s focus is on managing laboratory personnel and resources, implementing best practices in laboratory management, and ensuring that laboratory results are of high quality and accuracy. The goal is to support the laboratory's research objectives by providing reliable and accurate laboratory results in a safe and compliant environment. This role supports the Sample Preparation and Laboratory Manager in establishing operational excellence in the facility.


Laboratory Supervisor

Your Tasks


  • Oversee laboratory operations, including managing personnel, laboratory safety, and ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements.
  • Develop and implement laboratory procedures and protocols to ensure quality and accuracy of laboratory results.
  • Manage laboratory resources, including equipment, supplies, and budgets.
  • Coordinate with other departments to ensure timely and accurate reporting of laboratory results
  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to laboratory staff to facilitate their professional development.
  • Collaborate with other supervisors to ensure smooth and efficient laboratory operations.
  • Identify areas for process improvement and develop and implement plans for improvement.
  • Participate in laboratory research activities, including designing experiments and interpreting results
  • Maintain accurate records and documentation of laboratory operations, also in corresponding IT-systems.
  • Train staff and Aurubis employees in laboratory equipment and systems. Key user for laboratory systems.
  • Professionally correct execution of laboratory analysis, including operating laboratory equipment.
  • Operating laboratory equipment includes tasks such as but not limited to sample preparation, calibration, conducting analysis.
  • The operation also includes cleaning and, if necessary, simple maintenance work. The employee usually performs his tasks according to clear instructions.
  • Prepare sample bags for shipping.
  • Securing separation of different batches to always avoid contaminations.
  • Performing basic calculations on different contents of materials.
  • Executing stock taking activities in respective areas of responsibility.
  • Professionally handling of claim management.
  • Complying with company instructions e.g., on health & safety, environmental protection.
  • Complying with company rules and regulations.
  • Economic behavior about material and time expenditure.
  • Provision of work equipment.
  • Preparing workstations for e.g., maintenance (tasks).
  • Knowing and understanding the processes and procedures in the direct field of activity
  • Assuring quality and actively participating in continuous improvement programs.
  • Proactive exchange of information with Operators and Managers (e.g., on process/condition of aggregates).
  • Must successfully communicate, interact, and interface with international and domestic employees of various levels regarding operational and non-operational topics. Examples of roles include (but not limited to): sample preparation, sampling, logistics, engineers, production, maintenance, customer services, purchasing.
  • Contact with external suppliers or their representatives, internal customers, purchasing and customer service department, to identify, research, analyze and resolve challenges.
  • Acts in an industrial environment with high level of compliancy rules (safety, environment, quality).
  • Is aware of and follows performance measurement & KPI tracking for operative responsible area. Establishes corrective actions for underperforming metrics to ensure performance standards are met.
  • Responsible to achieve set lead times for Laboratory processes.

Your Profile


  • At least 5 years of laboratory experience, including experience in a supervisory or leadership role, ideally in a non-ferrous metallurgical environment.
  • Experience with laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Strong technical expertise in laboratory procedures and protocols
  • Proven leadership experience with demonstrated ability to work in and through teams at all levels of the workforce.
  • Proven work experience in calibrating and operating laboratory equipment ideally in an international environment.
  • Deep understanding of processes within analyzing metal containing materials.
  • Basic computer skills (business system, email, Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Solid knowledge of potentially hazardous materials or practices in the workplace.
  • Solid knowledge of environmental protection, occupational safety, and labor law standards.
  • If filled with an internal current employee of Aurubis, the individual must be willing to relocate to the US for a minimum of three (3) years with a possibility of extension upon approval, if needed.
  • Knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements, such as those from the FDA, EPA, or OSHA, as well as experience in maintaining compliance with these requirements.
  • Familiarity with current DOT and OSHA regulations is a must.

We Offer

  • 401(k) with company match
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • STD
  • LTD
  • Competitive Vacation Plan
  • ...and more!


Aurubis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or other characteristics protected by law.

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Aurubis considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, pregnancy, leave status, disability, veteran status, genetic information and/or any other characteristic or status protected by national, federal, state or local law.