Quality Technician - second shift

Quality Assurance/Food Safety Tulare, California


Description

The QA Technician’s primary responsibilities will include raw material and packaging inspections, monitoring of in-process inspections and finished goods documentation review and/or performs a variety of standard microbiological, chemical and physical or sensory testing and assays.   Responsibilities will also include maintaining logs and data records associated with job function (e.g. non-conforming materials, corrective action log, hold logs, net content files, etc.).

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

QUALITY

-          The employee shall comply and execute the company Quality Policy on all required Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), quality and food safety requirements.

-          Ensures that a high quality of products, services, housekeeping, and hygiene standards are maintained and improved in designated areas.

-          Escalate quality or food safety findings or incidents to management.

-          Supports the compliance for FSSC 22000 while supporting continuous improvement for Quality metrics/Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in their area of responsibility.

-          Supports quality Improvement initiatives (e.g. consumer complaints, product defect reduction) within the factory.

OPERATIONAL TASKS

        Manufacturing Support

-          Supports investigations and problem solving on improvement projects (e.g. product defect reduction, consumer complaints), helps to identify root cause, and helps to identify corrective actions and monitors for effectiveness.

-          Execute required tests on incoming ingredients and packaging according to the QMS (Quality Monitoring Scheme)

-          Perform verification on finished goods documentation to ensure that each finished good lot meets positive release criteria.

-          Support training for line operators to ensure process checks are accurate and timely as stated in the QMS.

-          Collect finished good samples and is responsible for the sensory panel set-up.

-          Place "Out of specification" material and/or product on quality hold.   Communicate quality holds with supervisors

-          Utilize net contents software/hardware as well as assist production operators with the use of net contents equipment.

-          Calibrate lab equipment such as pH meter, moisture analyzers, refractometer, scales, etc. in accordance to the ICP (internal control plan) and regulatory standards.

-          Support the execution of GMPs throughout the manufacturing plant and follow safety rules and procedures.

-          Record results for product net contents, sensory, HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) plan and SSOP (Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure).

-          Assist in the Document Control System, record retention program and management of Recipe/Formula/Deviation database and distribution?

-          Support the Management of Change process in their area of responsibility.

-          Support Tracking/Trending of Behavior Based Quality Program.

Laboratory Support

-          Conducts daily routine sample analyses using standardized lab techniques and other instrumentation following Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).

-          Organizes laboratory records and files, summarizes data, and prepares reports for management.

-          Ensures compliance to all laboratory procedures and work instructions

-          Supports laboratory activities to ensure that a high quality of products, services, housekeeping, and hygiene standards are maintained and improved in laboratory and other analytical areas.

-          Responsible for daily/weekly plating, reading, product release/holds, swabbing, calibration, sample collection, Internal Control Plan, sample preparations, etc.

-          Supports the administration, training, and execution of off- and on-line sensory and test methods.

-          Supports laboratory compliance (Calibration, equipment testing, etc.) to FSSC 22000 and internal requirements

-          Supports continuous improvement of Quality metrics/KPI’s in the lab.

-          Ensures the proper recording of laboratory and quality records in compliance with the QMS (Quality Monitoring Scheme).

- Supports Operations in attaining Quality Standards.

SAFETY & ENVIRONMENTAL

  • Ensures compliance with all regulatory/guidelines pertaining to safety, health, and environmental.
  • Be part of the culture change towards behavioral safety.

 CONTINUOUS EXCELLENCE

  • Supports key Continuous Excellence initiatives at the factory.
  • Participates in operational management routines

 Other duties as assigned by manager.

REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:

 

High School diploma or equivalent (e.g. GED)

 

EXPERIENCE:

-          Prefer1-3 years manufacturing QA/QC and/or laboratory experience in food industry.

-          Prefer knowledge of Lean Six Sigma or Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

SKILLS:

  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Must be able to handle multiple assignments.
  • Must be precise, accurate and well organized.
  • Must be able to perform in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
  • Good mathematical (basic statistical skills highly desired), problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency with computer systems, personal computers and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office, etc.)