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Date posted:  Jun 6, 2019

Karratha, AU

Job Function:  HESQ
Job Type:  Permanent
Job Requisition ID:  1286

Senior Analytical Chemist

We at Yara are part of a global network, collaborating to profitably and responsibly solve some of the world's key challenges - resource scarcity, food insecurity and environmental change.

About the Unit

Yara´s knowledge, products and solutions grow farmers’, distributors’ and industrial customers’ businesses profitably and responsibly, while protecting the earth’s resources, food and environment.

Our fertilizers, crop nutrition programs and technologies increase yields, improve product quality and reduce the environmental impact of agricultural practices. Our industrial and environmental solutions improve air quality by reducing emissions from industry and transportation, and serve as key ingredients in the production of a wide range of goods. We foster a culture that promotes the safety of our employees, contractors and societies. 

Founded in 1905 to solve emerging famine in Europe, today, Yara has a worldwide presence, with close to 17,000 employees and sales to about 160 countries.


Senior Analytical Chemist:

An opportunity exists for an experienced Senior Analytical Chemist for a residential position based in Karratha, Western Australia. Reporting to the Laboratory Superintendent, the Senior Analytical Chemist is responsible for controlling the laboratory quality systems, and to enable Yara’s YPF laboratory assets to operate efficiently and effectively.

The Senior Analytical Chemist will report to the Quality & Laboratory Superintendent. The primary responsibilities will include:

  • Implement laboratory Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC)  Program to applicable standards and regulatory requirements including preparation of the laboratory towards possible  ISO 17025 certification.
  • Undertake and participate in internal audits, meetings, forums and training. 
  • Oversee all aspects of current laboratory methodologies and environmental instrumentation.
  • Develop and implement any future analytical requirements, including equipment procurement, method development, and analysis and QA / QC to NATA accredited standards.
  • Develop and implement a Quality Management System (QMS) system that operates in accordance with NATA requirements to ISO 17025.
  • Assist in the administration and development of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Maintain all environmental equipment both onsite and off-site. 
  • Support Yara’s initiative of “Safe by Choice” plans and actions in all activities to drive ZERO Total Recordable Injuries within laboratory function and site’s goals.
  • 100% compliance with site’s Drug & Alcohol Policy (zero +ve results).
  • Undertake Yara’s Walk-Observe-Communicate (WOC) inspections as per site’s goals.


Essential requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (minimum) or equivalent.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in a senior position in analytical laboratories.
  • Demonstrated experience operating in accordance with NATA Certification (ISO 17025)
  • Demonstrated laboratory management experience including mentoring and training of laboratory staff in methodologies, data interpretation and laboratory operations in line with NATA accredited standards.
  • Advanced computer literacy and familiarity with multiple Microsoft Software packages.

Desirable experience:

  • Experience in acquiring and implementing laboratory NATA Certification (ISO 17025), including QMS development.
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience in chemical, petrochemical, gas or refinery operating plants.
  • Experience in water, soil, sediment and/or air quality environmental monitoring, including methodology development, sampling, analysis and data interpretation.
  • Knowledge of ammonia/fertiliser production and associated laboratory requirements.
  • Familiarity with LIMS administration including SQL
  • Familiarity with Dangerous Goods Legislation, including storage and handling of hazadous materials
  • Experience in Project Management
  • Sound understanding of Occupational Health and Safety Requirements within a Major Health Facility.


Additional Information

This position is residential to Karratha, housing and relocation assistance is offered.

For information on living in Karratha please visit

We welcome and encourage women and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to apply.

Please see more information on Yara International at

We reserve the right to close this advertisement before the closing date.


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