Research and Development Laboratory, procurement and Safety Agent

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Role description

This role is a 15 months contract (approximatively) for a maternity leave replacement. Under the supervision of the Director Projects, Quality and Lab Logistics, the incumbent will be responsible for:

The incumbent’s responsibilities will be to :


  • Plan and place orders required by the R&D Team for laboratories equipment, chemical products, supplies and services. Obtain quotes and lead times for various laboratory applications.
  • Identify, select, and liaise with vendors
  • Price negotiations with vendors
  • Coordinate procurement logistics and laboratory R&D shipments with the management Team, the R&D scientists Team, the analytical chemistry Team under the supervision of the Director of Purchasing and Building Manager
  • Maintain the chemical inventory in LIMS (laboratory Information Management System)
  • Maintain the inventory of laboratory materials and equipment
  • Receive, organize and distribute laboratory supplies and chemicals to the appropriate departments
  • Organize returns in case of non-conformity or defects / follow-up on warranties
  • Organize repairs or specific maintenance/training when necessary (Instrumentation)

Health and safety

  • Prepare monthly reports for the management team
  • Health & Safety: Support good laboratory order, practices and functions​ 
  • Implement and enforce H&S protocols and SOPs in the laboratory and mini-pilot  
  • Perform risk assessments when new assays, new products or new equipments are used 
  • Ensure safe storage and disposal of chemicals
  • Understand, comply, and promote safe laboratory and work practices 
  • Participates in meetings with the H&S committee 
  • Prepare monthly H&S report and presentation to the R&D management team
  • R&D representative on the company’s H&S committee
  • Document near-misses/accidents occurring in the laboratories and mini-pilot are documented timely and accurately, as per health & safety policy 
  • Perform lab safety inspections and bring recommendations to the R&D management team 
  • H&S trainings, presentations, and new employee orientation for H&S

Experience and abilities required

  • 5 years of experience in laboratory procurement/EHS
  • Experience in chemistry lab experiments
  • University or College Degree in science or related discipline
  • Excellent writing & Speaking skills (French/English)
  • Good lab procurement skills
  • Good understanding of chemistry (analytical and Process Development), to assist the R&D Team with procurement and EHS risks assessment
  • Good computer skills

Desired skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Change management skills
  • Strong ability to influence stakeholders;
  • Good problem solving skills;
  • Good negotiating skills
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills
  • Bilingual (French-English) is required to speak, negotiate, and troubleshoot with international vendors on specifics as required

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