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Laboratory Technician

Position Summary

Reporting to the Quality Assurance Supervisor, the Laboratory Technician is responsible for ensuring that food safety and quality assurance programs are properly implemented and maintained by following company, customer, and regulatory guidelines through microbiological sampling, testing/analysis, and data entry. The Laboratory Technician provides support to the Quality Assurance department’s daily functions by assisting on the production area activities as needed. The Laboratory Technician presents a professional and respectful attitude when dealing with both internal and external contacts, and will work toward facilitating a team atmosphere within the Service Center.

Key Responsibilities

Operations:

  • Works cooperatively with operations on testing protocols and requirements to meet and exceed USDA quality and food safety requirements. Ensures operations management is aware of deviations from requirements

Quality:

  • Develops, writes, and implements QA laboratory standard operating procedures. Updates existing lab SOP's as needed
  • Sets up, adjusts, maintains, and operates laboratory equipment, supplies, and instruments
  • Performs microbiological and chemical testing on various samples following defined procedures and protocols
  • Performs pre-operational inspection on all operations equipment, tools, utensils, and areas
  • Maintains inventory of lab equipment, parts, supplies, and chemicals, including reordering as necessary. Performs calibrations of all equipment used in the department and laboratory
  • Operates quality control systems by entering data, observing control charts, maintaining system, and taking appropriate action regarding control of methods and their effect on sample results
  • Reviews, releases, and records sample results. Works with cross-functional teams to effectively communicate results
  • Evaluates raw material, finished product, equipment, or tools on hold, suggests disposition, and informs appropriate management personnel as required. Develops shelf-life testing protocols. Evaluates and presents results and recommendations
  • Assists in data entry for all monitoring and verification activities as required. Prepares reports as necessary to record findings and recommendations from testing
  • Assists on other QA functions as needed
  • Adheres to and enforces company and facility GMP guidelines
  • Complies with Good Laboratory Practices for safety and cleanliness
  • Additional duties as assigned

Safety:

  • Understands and applies safe work practices and principles. Asks questions if unsure
  • Identifies potential hazards and either works to remedy them (if possible) or brings them to supervisor’s attention for action
  • Brings a ‘safety first’ attitude to work

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to read, understand, and follow documents and procedures
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office is required
  • Ability to work in team setting or independently with minimal supervision
  • Good analytical and logical problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational skills. Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong conflict resolution skills. Ability to handle stressful situations
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to apply mathematical formulas to practical situations with laboratory work, mechanical work, and computers and software
  • Must be able to make decisions on routine matters.  Ability to define and solve practical problems, collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in a scientific discipline such as microbiology, food science, biology, or chemistry/biochemistry required
  • 2-4 years of related experience within the meat/food processing sector
  • Understanding of HACCP systems
  • BRC knowledge a plus
  • Ability to speak, read, and write in English language required. Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus

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Camp Hill Service Center: Laboratory Technician


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