Sample and review food processing environment, equipment, and product for microbiological and chemical attributes to monitor and insure acceptable hygienic conditions and chemical characteristics. Recognize and test for compliance with Acceptable Quality Limits (AQL) and communicate with Operations Supervisor and Quality Assurance Manager/Supervisor/Management Trainee to resolve issues.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Perform pre-operational sanitation review of food processing environment and equipment.
- Sample environmental surfaces, finished product, and ingredients for microbiological and chemical attributes designed to monitor for acceptable hygienic conditions and chemical characteristics.
- Collect packages and perform tests associated with AQL for products such as weight, temperature, verification of package code dates, and magnet checks.
- Verify Ingredients and packaging materials are acceptable based on our internal specification for product.
- Recognize and place product on hold when it does not meet AQL.
- Communicate to Operations Supervision when deviations in products occur so immediate corrections can be performed.
- Communicate with Quality Assurance Manager/Supervisor/Management Trainee when unable to resolve an issue.
- Document and maintain concise and accurate records for HACCP.
- Print labels on label machine.
- Follow Sugar Creek’s safety rules and procedures, including Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
EDUCATION: High School degree or equivalent. Associate Degree preferred.
EXPERIENCE: None required. Some experience in the food industry preferred.
CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE: None required.
ABILITIES, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED
- Able to read and comprehend printed and electronic information.
- Able to use computers proficiently.
- Possesses skills needed to clearly communicate issues to management.
- Knows the importance of HACCP, FSIS, and USDA requirements.
- Possesses the qualities of motivation, punctuality, and good attendance.
- Able to learn new skills and willing to participate in training.
- Able to accept and use positive criticism.
- Able to use simple tools and basic lab equipment (i.e. scale, caliper, magnet, thermometer, etc.)
- Able to work on a flexible schedule including “off” shifts as needed for coverage.
No unusual physical requirements. Physical requirements are consistent with facility quality assurance-type positions, including considerable use of arms and legs, moving whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping and handling of tools. In an average work day, Quality Assurance Technician is in these positions for the following number of hours per day: sitting 0-1 hours; standing 2-4 hours; walking 5-7 hours. In an average work day, Quality Assurance Technician must have the following abilities: lift/carry less than 50 lbs occasionally; handle objects/manual dexterity constantly; reaching upward/outward as needed; climbing stairs occasionally; bending/squatting occasionally.
All work is performed in an indoor, manufacturing facility with close proximity to heavy and hazardous machinery. Some work is performed in a comfortable, indoor, office-like facility. Very little work is performed outside of the manufacturing facility. Safety wear is required, including hard hat, hairnet, hearing protection, safety glasses, steel toe boots, coats and other necessary equipment.