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Administrative Assistant - Conshohocken R&D Center

PQ Corporation Conshohocken Full-Time
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For almost 200 years, PQ Corporation has envisioned the future of performance materials, chemicals and catalysts through collaborative innovation, making products that touch all of us, every day.

  • Cleaner Emissions - Our Catalysts and Refining Services products and solutions help companies produce vehicles with improved fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions.
  • Safer Travels - We produce highly engineered Performance Materials that help make highways and airports safer for drivers, pedestrians, pilots and passengers
  • Better Care - Our products are critical ingredients in consumer applications that help make teeth brighter and skin softer
  • Carbon-Free - With inorganic and carbon-free products, we contribute to improving the sustainability of our planet.

We are a leading global provider of specialty catalysts, materials, chemicals, and services that enable environmental improvements, enhance consumer products, and increase personal safety.

The general responsibilities for Administrative Assistant will include providing general administrative support to the R&D Site and Facilities Management by performing varied and both routine and complex administrative support in the areas of Hospitality, Purchasing & Accounts Payable, and Vendor Management.

TYPICAL DUTIES: The following statements describe general duties and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities.

  • Administrative
    • Phone List
    • Mail Boxes
    • Mail List for Malvern
    • Purchases the office supplies for the site and manage the inventory
    • Responsible for the operation/maintenance of the Postal Meter equipment
    • Collect timesheets from hourly personnel for delivery to Corporate Office Malvern for Payroll.
    • Receive mail from Shipper - sort and place in mail slots
    • Organize daily outgoing mail
    • Update R&D Lists
    • Answer company calls, forward to appropriate person or take message.
    • Answer intercom
  • Assist with all arrivals of guest that come to front office
  • Hospitality
    • Work with Maintenance to ensure proper conference room configurations
    • Order meals, beverages and/or snacks as requested for meetings.
    • Oversee setup and breakdown as well as clean-up of meetings
    • Partner with on Site IT to provide required support
    • Works with Maintenance to ensure proper setups/configurations
    • Orders meals, beverages and/or snacks as requested for events
    • Oversees setup and breakdown as well as clean-up of events
    • Partner with on Site IT to provide required support
    • Oversee the conference room bookings
    • Organize Events - major luncheons
  • Vendor Management
    • AVM - Coffee Service
    • Restaurant Vendors
    • Snack & Soda Machine Vendors
    • Primary contact for Hospitality Vendors
  • Purchasing & Accounts Payable
    • Work closely with Corporate AP - processing payment & resolving payment issues
    • Liaison for all Vendors paid by Facilities Manager's Corporate Purchasing Card.
    • Monthly credit card accrual for self and Facilities Manager
  • Product Sample Coordinator
    • Work with ICD Team on sample orders
    • Direct contact with Key Customers
    • Invoicing for sample orders
  • Other Duties
    • Participates in plant-wide HSE, quality, and productivity initiatives.
    • Participates in HSE activities
    • Attend site-wide Safety training


  • 1 year experience working in an administrative position.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instruction.
  • Ability to demonstrate good computer skills
    • Microsoft systems - Word, Excel, Power Point.
    • Knowledge of SAP a plus.
  • Able to troubleshoot or diagnosis situations, events or equipment.
  • Possess good interpersonal skills, works well within a team environment.
  • Possess good decision making skills (makes decisions, acts upon them, willing to defend decisions over peer pressure).
  • Must demonstrate a strong work ethic (attendance, attitude, on time, etc.).

Skills required

Organize Appointments
Telephone Consultations
Setting Up Files
Field Administration
Operation Departments
Time Management


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Administrative Assistant - Conshohocken R&D Center
Estimated Salary: $64K
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PQ Corporation is a leading global producer of silicate, zeolite, and other performance materials serving the detergent, pulp and paper, chemical, petroleum, catalyst, water treatment, construction, and beverage markets. Our chemical products are complemented by those of our former subsidiary Potters Industries, a leading producer of engineered glass materials serving the highway safety, polymer additive, metal finishing, and conductive particle markets.

PQ Corporation was founded in 1831 and was known as the Philadelphia Quartz Company from 1864 until 1978. The values of our founders - integrity and fairness, diligence and service, learning and imagination - are still reflected in our contemporary corporate culture. We believe that this culture and the strong spirit of teamwork it fosters are of immense benefit to our customers, our employees, and our suppliers alike.

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