Quality Assurance Technician
Job Description Summary:
The QA Technician is responsible of ensuring that the manufacturing process is carried in a food safe and wholesome manner. The QA Technician is also responsible for identifying and resolving quality issues, working hand in hand with operations and checking that all products are manufactured according to the correct product specification and flow. The QA Technician needs to be familiar with HACCP and GMP. The QA Technician reports to the FSQA Manager.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Work standing or walking for most working shifts.
- Perform very physical duties, including but not limited to pushing, pulling, lifting, twisting, and walking.
- Provide independent oversight of processes, verifying compliance to company standards and policies, effectively communicating deviations from standards or processes.
- Maintain a clear understanding of customer requirements.
- Create a positive working environment for all associates: one that promotes continuous improvement, reinforces company philosophy and policies, and ensures that every individual is treated with respect.
- Adhere to all regulatory rules and regulations, ensuring that Food Safety and product performance standards are met.
- Monitor HACCP critical control points.
- Run GMP Inspections.
- Calibrate test equipment such as scales, thermometers, metal detector, pH meter and colorimeter.
- Control the concentrations of the chemicals and sanitizers.
- Perform daily Pre-operational inspections and Pre-op ATP testing.
- Conduct leak detecting checks for each type of polybag.
- Test finished products moisture content.
- Perform temperature controls.
- Perform metal detector controls.
- Monitor allergen management.
- Check finished products from previous date for any defects. Follow the corrective actions based on the outcome of the inspection.
- Schedule and execute sample submittals to external laboratory vendor.
- Assist in training employees on Food Safety, company processes and FDA Good Manufacturing Practices.
- Maintain accurate and organized records of QA activities.
- Develop and maintain operational quality standards, traceability, batch sheets and specification sheets.
- Perform raw material inspections and follow the corrective actions based on the outcome of the inspection.
- Label finished products with the expiration date.
- Check finished product packaging labels.
- Recommended to have quality experience in a fresh food manufacturing environment
- Food Safety Skills: GMP’s, HACCP, CCP
- Demonstrate experience with internal quality inspections and audits
- Maintain a positive work environment
- Must be willing to work designated shifts
- Ability to work in cold environment (below 40°F)