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AES Quality Lab Supervisor


Newport, NWP, GB

Company:  ExxonMobil

Job Role Summary

Advanced Elastomer Systems Limited (AES), an ExxonMobil subsidiary, is one of the world's leading suppliers of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). Around 70 employees and contractors work at the AES manufacturing plant in Newport, Wales, which has capacity to produce over 50,000 tonnes of TPEs per annum. TPEs manufactured at the site are marketed under the trademark Santoprene. TPEs are products that perform like rubber but can be processed with the speed, efficiency and economy of thermoplastics. In addition to simpler processing, the principal advantages of TPEs compared to thermoset rubber products include easier recycling of scrap, improved environmental attributes, closer and more economical control of dimensions as well as product quality, and lower weight.  Around 50 per cent of TPE sales are to the automotive industry where it is used on car windscreens, under-bonnet applications and for interior parts. The versatile product is also used by the construction industry, and for consumer goods such as flexible toothbrushes and kitchen utensils.  The AES Newport site has an excellent safety and environmental record and values its associations with the local community, in particular the involvement of many of its employees with local schools and charities.


We are looking for a candidate to fill the lab supervisor role at our Specialy Elastomers plant in Newport, Wales. It is a growing specialty business, mainly serving the automotive industry globally with high quality TPV. The plant is currently going through a capacity expansion that would double the site capacity. The plant is situated in close vicinity and communiting distance from major cities such as Bristol and Cardiff.


Reporting to the site Technical manager, the Quality assurance supervisor has direct responsability over the QA lab and quality management systems, supervising a small team of QA staff members.  Main job responsabilities:

  • Responsible for maintaining QA data integrity to meet business controls and product representation requirements.
  • Manage Quality System to meet continued registration to ISO9001:2015
  • Coordinate the investigation of customer concerns, analyse trends and report back to the organisation.
  • Monitor audit schedule and coordinate audits (ISO, GPQMS, QP&G)
  • Provide training for the new Lab Technicians and Measure the continued competence of all Lab Technicians.
  • Supervise and direct the work activities of the Quality department such as calibration, new equipment installation, improve work procedures
  • The development and improvement of existing and new QA test procedures supporting the Global Lab Network.


Technical degree – preferred experienced chemical engineer or equivalent.

  • Effective communication and organisational skills.
  • Concern for accurate detailed, documented results.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Competent decision making skills.
  • Develops/Coaches employees.
  • Strong analytical problem solving skills.

Useful experience:

  • Knowledge of quality systems.
  • Qualified Lead Auditor of Quality Standards.
  • Understanding of Statistical Analysis tools.
  • QA and Technical experience in the plastics and rubber industry.
  • Proficient in FMEA Technique.

Behavioral Skills

(B) Analytical

(B) Communicates Effectively

(B) Adapts

(B) Shows Initiative

(B) Applies Learning

(B) Collaborates



Conditions of Employment
Successful candidates will be made a conditional offer of employment. The conditions include, but are not limited to: a satisfactory criminal records disclosure; satisfactory employment references over five years (where applicable); verification of qualifications, including any professional accreditation stated in the application; completion of a pre-employment medical, including a test for illicit or unprescribed drugs in accordance with the Company's safety policies; and the legal right to work on the agreed commencement date.


Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
ExxonMobil and its United Kingdom subsidiary companies, Esso Petroleum Company, Limited, and ExxonMobil Chemical Limited, are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. All applicants are offered equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities during our recruitment processes, therefore, please contact the Recruitment Team if you wish to discuss any particular requirements to enable you to complete our recruitment process.

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