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Lab Manager - Overland Park, KS

Overland Park, KS, US, 66210

Cement Division Corporate



Job ID:  417400


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, provides Portland and masonry cements to help build the foundation and infrastructure for the world around us.  We ship millions of tons of cement from our plants and network of terminals located across North America. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. We stand together to reinvent the way our world is built. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.



Ash Grove Cement is looking for an experienced lab manager at the Technical Center in Overland Park, KS. The lab manager supervises chemists, physical testers and geologist/petrographer, oversees work requests and projects.  The key responsibilities include maintaining lab accreditations (CCRL and AASHTO), equipment calibrations, updating SOPs associated with physical and chemical testing procedures, reviewing technical reports, and interacting with cement plant engineers, regional technical service managers and customers on troubleshooting projects and process improvement initiatives.  The lab manager organizes and delegates tests on raw materials, cement, pozzolans, aggregates, mortar, concrete and concrete related materials, and advises waste materials screening, and environmental analysis. Exposure and proper handling of confidential information which may have a competitive or intellectual property value to the company, or its customers is expected.  This position reports to the Technical Center Director. 




  • Acts as Technical Center safety officer, coordinates safety trainings for new and existing employees, and identifies continuous improvement opportunities
  • Utilizes lab information management system (LIMS) to collect necessary project background info, develop testing plan, and monitor workflow 
  • Takes the ownership and leadership role to complete assigned work requests and project with fast turnaround time and sound technical interpretations
  • Manages the lab work schedules efficiently and adapts to changing priorities when required.  He/she is responsible for personnel training, mentoring, coaching, and assuring test results accuracy 
  • Continuously improves technical skills through adopting new test methods and CRH best practices
  • Supervises lab work for raw materials, cement, pozzolans, mortar, concrete, aggregates, and related materials. Must demonstrate personal proficiency in testing procedures, and lead lab in receiving expert level ratings on all CCRL proficiency samples and CRH round robin program samples  
  • Experience with ICP, UV spectrophotometric, AA, GC, XRF, XRD, microscopy, and wet analytical methods. Acts as company’s representative to interact with instrument vendors for trouble shooting and technical training
  • Monitors lab supplies inventory and equipment conditions and assists CAPEX projects development for needed replacements/upgrades
  • Conducts cement plant waste fuel lab, physical and chemical lab audits on an annual basis 
  • Provides onsite support to cement plants on trials of alternative materials, alternative fuels, new process equipment/techniques. Through clinker microscopy analysis, clinker reactivity optimization, assists production and product performance improvements at Ash Grove Cement plants
  • Acts as a mentor for assigned plant quality managers, development chemists, assists with their training and development goals, and implements QCM success profile and gap analysis tool that have been developed
  • Works with quality leader of CRH Group Technical Services and CRH laboratories to execute quality roadmap, analytical programs, and best practices sharing
  • Maintains concrete field/laboratory test certifications from American Concrete Institute (ACI), and NRMCA Concrete Technologist Level II (or above) certifications
  • Participates in cement industry workshops, seminars and relevant HR trainings 
  • Participates in Technical Center research projects. Works with corporate manufacturing and technical services departments to explore new raw materials, mineral sources, and supports strategic projects from CRH Innovation Center  





  • Proficient in English written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated analytical thinking and independent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multitask 
  • Handles non-routine, challenging work at a short notice, and delivers satisfying results dependably
  • Must spend time travelling to various Ash Grove Cement locations for training/support, and attend industry training events 
  • Proven aptitude for work hard and work smart
  • Familiar with testing procedures described in the standard specifications by various agencies, such as ASTM, AASHTO, ACI, and DOT specs
  • Customer focused and demonstrated teamwork attitude
  • Self-motivated, with fast learning potential, and committed to grow with the manufacturing & technical services team





  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience with cement and concrete materials testing, in a consulting/ research laboratory setting
  • Proven experience in supervision of people




  • Master’s degree in chemistry, materials science or civil engineering preferred. Educational background, and work experience in cement & concrete materials research, quality control, cement manufacturing process highly preferred 


What CRH Offers You


  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs
  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion



About CRH


CRH has a long and proud heritage. We are a collection of hundreds of family businesses, regional companies and large enterprises that together form the CRH family. CRH operates in a decentralized, diversified structure that allows you to work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of large international organization.


If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our official employment application. Please complete your online profile and it will be sent to the hiring manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest!


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Date Posted:  Aug 4, 2022

Nearest Major Market: Overland Park
Nearest Secondary Market: Kansas City

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