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Lab Technician

  • Posted: 23 Sep 2021
  • Manufacturing
  • Dubois
  • United States

About the job


We are looking for a Quality Assurance Laboratory Technician in our Dubois, Pennsylvania manufacturing plant.  In this role you will test and inspect products at various stages of production process, maintain quality and food safety of products by performing the following duties.

 

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Selects products for testing at specified stages in the production process, and tests for a variety of qualities including chemical/physical characteristics, microbiological integrity, allergen presence and sensory evaluation requiring taste & smell.
  • Analyzes incoming ingredients assuring compliance to specifications.
  • Performs Quality Team Audits, including Good Manufacturing Practices and Housekeeping.
  • Help maintain compliance in Food Safety, FSSC, GMP, FSMA, Regulation and Safety. 
  • Records and evaluates test data, alerting Quality Assurance Manager/ Supervisor to any deviations from specifications.
  • Prepares necessary reagents needed for laboratory functioning.
  • Maintains lab equipment and supplies.
  • Interfaces with work teams; acts as technical support in areas such as Quality Control techniques, Good Manufacturing Practices, and product quality/safety.
  • Maintain Good Laboratory Practices (GLP’s)
  • Knowledge and understanding of finished product specifications and expectations.
  • Conducts pre-operative inspections.
  • Ability to work as team and autonomously.
  • Maintain records and documentation integrity. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


 

About you

ABOUT YOU:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Food Science or related area; two or more year related Quality Assurance experience.  Good oral and written communication skills.  

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and regulations.  Ability to write routine reports and business correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from other work groups in a professional manner.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical analysis.  Ability to apply concepts such as fraction, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and work with abstract and concrete variables.
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge of word processing and spread sheet programs.
  • Knowledgeable or ability to learn laboratory equipment commonly used in the food industry (examples, but not limited to pH meters, FT1, food scan, allergen testing, packaging, pipetting/ liquid handling, viscometers, etc.)
  • Understanding of calibration programs of food testing equipment.

 

NON ESSENTIAL:

  • Experience in QA department of food manufacturing company preferred.
  • Experience in the area of compliance in food manufacturing company to include working directly with kosher and organic highly preferred.

 

Working Conditions

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; stoop kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must regularly lift and / or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and / or move up to 25 pounds. and occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. Requires normal range of hearing and vision (including colors) to record, prepare and communicate appropriate reports and laboratory results.

 

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and is regularly exposed to wet and / or humid conditions.  The employee may be exposed to fumes or

airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and may be exposed to loud noises in the plant making wearing of PPE essential.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to extreme cold, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

About us

ABOUT US:

At Danone North America, you’ll work with some of the best-known food and beverage brands in the world like Activia, Silk, Horizon Organic, Two Good, Oikos, evian, and Happy Family. You’ll be part of one of  the largest Certified B Corp™ in the world, working together to make sure our brands create real benefits for people, communities, and the planet. We have 6,000+ employees across the U.S. and Canada. Come join our movement for a healthier world: One Planet. One Health BY YOU.

Danone North America doesn’t just welcome what makes you unique, we value it. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All hires to our team are based on qualifications, merit and business needs. We recruit, employ, train and promote regardless of race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic characteristic or any other protected status. Faithful to our values of openness and humanism, all of our employees share in the commitment to engage one another with dignity and respect. 
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