POS Bio-Sciences team member, Lindsay, is a proud employee-owner and finds the work at POS thought-provoking and exciting.
What is your job title?
Analytical Lab Technician II and Scientific Admin Assistant
I’m also a Director on our LSVCC Board.
How long have you been working at POS?
I have been working at POS since October 2011, so about 5 and a half years.
What do you enjoy most about working at POS?
The diversity of projects and samples, there is always something new to learn or experience. We are almost always working with something new, innovative, or different. This can be both exciting and thought-provoking. Depending on the projects in the plant and R&D labs, we can see such a wide array of samples come through the Analytical Labs. We also receive all types of samples for a variety of analyses that are submitted by our External Clients as well. This keeps us constantly on our toes by having to learn and adapt as our field continue to change and grow. It is nice to be constantly learning, dealing with challenges as they arise, and expanding my ever growing knowledge base: we truly have a unique and interesting business that one can learn so much from.
I also really appreciate that we explored the option of becoming an Employee Owned Company and now allow all employees to own shares within our company if they desire. This is a really great opportunity that isn’t that common in many workplaces today. I believe there are so many great benefits to Employee Ownership and this will help and contribute to POS’s future success as a company.
What attracted you to this industry in general and POS in particular?
While I was still in University finishing up my degree, I was approached by a family friend who was an employee at POS and was asked if I would be interested in a part-time term position for a large contract they had coming up in Analytical Services. I was graduating in a few months and still wasn’t entirely sure what my next move was, so I jumped at the opportunity and have been here ever since.
How would you describe your experience of working at POS? How does it compare to previous roles you’ve had?
This was my first “real job” using my education and my degree, so I don’t have anything else to compare it to but thus far, my experience working at POS has been interesting and exciting, challenging and thought-provoking, and an overall great learning experience. There are days where it is nice to do your work and have everything go smoothly and as planned, but this is hardly a reality in our line of work. However, having things go wrong and having to troubleshoot along the way is one of the best ways to learn. There are many instruments that I had never used before starting at POS, but even in my short time with the company, I can now safely say that I can take apart and fix these instruments for any problem that may occur along the way – great hands on experience!
If you were CEO, what would be the first thing you’d do to make POS even better?
I think I would continue moving POS in the direction we are moving.
I would continue to put focus on Employee Ownership as I believe with a company of like-minded people who have invested within their company and truly want to see success in their company, we cannot fail. We can only continue to get better, expand, and succeed.
I would also continue with a good balance between keeping employees happy and satisfied, so morale is high and people enjoy coming into their jobs every day, and keeping clients satisfied and impressed with the work we do for them, so we continue to have clients coming to us for work. Without our employees and our clients, we have no business and cannot possibly succeed.
What types of projects do you work on at POS?
When I was in the labs working as a Technician, I did a lot of wet chemistry based analyses on any and all sample types. I also did a lot of instrumentation, primarily GC and ICP, which although it could be frustrating at times when troubleshooting a broken instrument, it was still my favourite part of working the lab.
Now that my focus is more on my Scientific Admin Assistant position, I spend more time dealing directly with our clients, helping them figure out what analyses they require to get the results they’re looking for, and doing all the office work that keeps the Analytical Labs functioning like a well-oiled machine.