Factory Quality Technician

Employer
Location
Lexington, KY, United States
Posted
Apr 20, 2017
Closes
Apr 25, 2017
Ref
17002242
Contract Type
Full Time
POSITION SUMMARY
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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:
OPERATIONAL TASKS
Floor Support
  • Supports investigations on improvement projects (e.g. holds, consumer complaints), helps to identify root causes, and helps to identify corrective actions and monitors for effectiveness. 
  • Execute required tests on incoming ingredients and packaging according to 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 QMS. 
  • Retain finished good samples and set up sensory panel daily. 
  • Hold "Out of specification" material. Communicate with supervisors 
  • Utilize net contents software/hardware to obtain net content information to release finished goods as well as assist operators with the use of net contents equipment. 
  • Calibrate lab equipment such as pH meter, moisture analyzers, refractometer, scales, etc according to ICP (internal control plan). 
  • Support execution of GMPs throughout the plant and follow safety rules and procedures. 
  • Results recording for net contents, sensory, HACCP and SSOP 
  • Assist in Intelex Document Control System, record retention program and management of Recipe/Formula/Deviation database and distribution 
  • Support Management of Change Process 
  • Support Tracking/Trending of Behavior Based Quality Program 
Laboratory
  • Conducts daily routine sample analyses using lab techniques and other instrumentation following Good Laboratory Practices (GLP). 
  • Organizes laboratory records and files, summarizes data, and prepares and interprets reports for use by management. Ensures compliance to 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, 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 Nestlé requirements 
  • Supports continuous improvement of Quality metrics/KPI's in the lab. 
  • Ensures correct recording of laboratory and quality records in compliance with the factory Quality Monitoring Scheme (QMS), including storage and retrieval of records. 
  • Supports Operations in attaining the Nestlé Quality Standards (QMS, NGMP, Manufacturing Instructions, etc.). 
QUALITY
  • Employee shall follow and carry out company policy on all required GMP, quality and food safety requirements and escalate quality or food safety findings or incidents. 
  • Ensures that a high quality of products, services, housekeeping, and hygiene standards are maintained and improved in designated areas. 
  • Supports the compliance for FSSC 22000 while supporting continuous improvement for Quality metrics/KPI's in their area of responsibility. 
  • Supports Improvement initiatives (e.g. complaints, holds) with Factory. 

REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL:
  • B.S. Degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, or other related field preferred or equivalent experience preferred
EXPERIENCE:
  • Preferably 1-3 years manufacturing QA/QC and/or laboratory experience in food industry. 
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement. 
SKILLS
  • Must have good verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Strong attention to detail. 
  • Must be able to handle multiple assignments. 
  • Must be precise and accurate, well organized worker. 
  • Must be able to perform in a demanding, fast-paced environment. 
  • Good mathematical (basic statistical skills highly desirable), problem-solving and analytical skills. 
  • Proficiency with computer systems, personal computers, spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office, etc.) and mainframe system with custom applications preferred.