Chemist II

Posted Date: Jul 1, 2024

Location: Belleville, IL, US, 62220

Company: American Water Works Company Inc

Requisition ID:  106521 


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People are the heart of our business. As an American Water employee, you will be offered a competitive salary and health benefits package, along with opportunities to develop, grow, and evolve your career.  Our benefits packages focus on key areas such as health & wellness, emotional & well-being, and savings for current & future goals.


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About American Water
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people across 14 regulated jurisdictions and 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.

American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Indexfor the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.

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Primary Role

Perform a variety of complex chemical and/or microbiological testing for various water matrices using sophisticated analytical instrumentation.\


Key Accountabilities

  • Perform a variety of complex sample analysis requiring analytical expertise in assigned technique; process samples within method required holding times; prioritize, generate and interpret sample data through detailed review; ensure data generated meets EPA and accrediting authority standards. 
  • Provide response and follow-up to laboratory inquiries from utility subsidiaries, business partners and client groups within requested timeframe.
  • Acts as a resource to colleagues with less experience; cross-trains with colleagues with more experience to develop competence in all areas of lab.
  • Identify routine and non-routine problems and perform necessary conduct troubleshooting and maintenance of analytical equipment and processes as necessary to ensure continued sample analysis and optimum instrument performance. Works with vendors and service technicians to resolve issues.    
  • Provide secondary review and validation of data produced by other colleagues with equal or lesser skill; participate in assigned preparation for and follow-up to external and internal audits; participate in the development of standard operating procedures and assist in the development of corrective action. 
  • Evaluate and monitor supplies and other laboratory costs to assist in maintaining the lab budget.


  • Knowledge and ability to operate complex analytical chemistry instrumentation.
  • Computer literacy (competent in use of Word and Excel, LIMS and other software as needed).
  • Familiarity with EPA, NELAC and OSHA rules


  • 2-4 of progressively responsible environmental laboratory experience preferred.
  • GC, GC/MS, HPLC, IC, ICP, ICP/MS, LC/MS or microscopy experience preferred.
  • BA/BS in Chemistry, Biology or related field required.
  • Relevant laboratory experience along with bachelor level coursework may be considered in lieu of completed bachelors level degree.

Travel Requirements

  • Limited

Work Environment

  • Primarily an indoor laboratory environment.
  • Laboratory work will require periods of standing while performing bench top work, working with lab instruments and sitting for computer entry.
  • Some lifting necessary.
  • Some outside work necessary in all weather.


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