QA Processing Tech

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Job Description: 
-Immediate Contract to Hire Position available
-Back Half Grave Shift: Weds, Thurs, Fri & every other Sat: 6pm-6:30pm
 
Position Summary:
Conduct all quality-monitoring functions on a shift basis, including raw and finished product and package integrity tests.  Assure the product conforms to the finished product specification and provide detailed written information relating to the quality of the product, package and process.  Work effectively with Production to satisfy specification requirement.  In addition, functions can include checking the incubation samples prior to releasing products and guaranteeing all finished product packaging and package integrity specifications are being followed.  Responsible for abiding by and ensuring all food safety and quality protocols are followed.
 
Essential Functions:
    Assure that the product conforms to the finished product specification. This will be accomplished by sensory evaluation, analytical testing and process plant observation.
    Provide detailed written information relating to the quality of the product and process.
    Adjust batch for Mix and Blend Operator as needed to satisfy specification requirement. Approve batch before it is processed through the UHT system.
    Perform organoleptic test on both raw and finished product.
    Perform micro testing, chemical and physical analysis on raw and finished product.
    Maintain and organize all QA records.
    Assist in set-up analytical programs for lab equipment’s.
    Inspect transfer, mixing and processing equipment to ensure proper cleaning and quality practices.
    Perform testing on incoming ingredients per the ingredient sampling program.
    Participate in sensory evaluation.
 
    Incubation Functions:
    Perform QA Incubation/Packaging technician tasks when it is necessary.
    Operate pH meter. This includes calibration and maintenance
    Monitor the temperature of the incubation rooms
    Conduct finished product testing according to the requirement
    Assure that product conforms to post-process pH standards
    Responsible for creating and updating daily incubation reports and QPA database.
    Maintain a clean and organized work area
 
 Packaging Functions:
    Maintain and create organized QA records from the production floor and on the computer.
    Perform package integrity checks to confirm the aseptic condition of Tetra Pak containers.  This includes visual and destructive tests of the package.
    Assure that the product conforms to the finished product specification.
    Provide detailed oral and written information relating to quality of the product, package and process.
    Monitor package, case code, and cap placement.  Ensure that correct fiber, case code and package code are used.
    Approve the case code before the production run.  Make sure that cases are stacked sequentially and the case code is legible.
    Inspect and validate CIP’s with titrations on Tetra Pak filling machines and UHT to ensure proper cleaning and quality practices.
    Ensure that proper safety and quality protocols are being followed.
    Ensure that any deviations in package integrity or product quality are properly placed on hold.
    Collect incubation samples and place them on the appropriate shelves.
    Perform pest control once a week and sanitation inspection on a monthly basis.
    Other duties as assigned.
 
    Knowledge, skills and abilities:
    Strong technical knowledge in area of responsibility
    Strong computer skills, including skills in the application of Microsoft Word and Excel
    Strong math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
    Strong decision-making skills, training skills, problem analysis skills, teamwork, creativity, the need to read, write, speak and understand the English language and the need to perform advanced math (analysis, statistics, significant data or number manipulation)
    Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize
    Continuous physical activities including continuous walking, talking, reaching, feeling, the use of repetitive motions of hands/wrists, hearing and standing, and the position requires frequent stooping, sitting, grasping and handling.
    Ability to push, pull, or move up to 150 pounds and the ability to lift and carry up to 35 pounds frequently
 
Minimum qualifications:
The position requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent specializing in Food Science, Quality Assurance or related field.  Requires one year of relevant experience, preferably in a food manufacturing setting.
 
Working conditions:
QA work is performed in a lab, warehouse or production environment and involves the extensive use of office and lab equipment.  The position is subject to shift work, extensive close work heavy lifting and constant standing.  While performing the duties of the job incumbent could be working around moving mechanical parts.  The position is subject to extensive close work, the use of and exposure to hazardous materials, high voltage, hot pipes and constant standing.  The noise level is typically moderate to loud.  Some overtime may be required.
 

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