Quality Assurance Technician
The Quality Assurance Technician is responsible to ensure quality and food safety compliance by monitoring and documenting required checks including chemical levels, product specification, labels, good manufacturing practices (GMPs), temperatures, and operational procedures throughout the entire production process
- Pre-op inspection: This will include a visual inspection with flashlight of the equipment to verify cleanliness and readiness for the operational day. Any issues will need to be addressed with day sanitation prior to use or item will be tagged by the FSQA tech. This includes paperwork that will be filled out indicating the inspection took place, issues found, and resolution before the production day can begin.
- Operational inspection: This includes monitoring the production floor throughout the day to assure the floor is kept in a clean manner, employees are following GMP’s and SOP’s, completing checks of the hand wash areas to assure they are properly stocked in production, conducting metal detector checks is a partial list. These will be completed both visually and then written on the appropriate SQF or USDA forms.
- Perform production chemical checks and regulating chemical levels to ensure food safety compliance; monitor and record chemical and wash water levels and make adjustments as needed, product specification/labeling and required mechanical information throughout the entire production process.
- Provide feedback and corrective action recommendations to associates regarding quality/food safety and good manufacturing practices (GMPs) with courtesy and professionalism.
- Complete a daily pre-operational inspection of processing rooms and equipment; collect pre-op microbiological swabs as needed; and maintain temperature logs using appropriate equipment (i.e. thermometers) and complete related quality assurance, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), SQF (Safe Quality Food) and USDA (US Department of Agriculture) paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.
- Ensure proper slotting for finished product and complete a quality check of finished product(s); investigate product issues identified and place impacted inventory on hold until resolved and review labels to identify any potential labeling issue and communicate necessary changes in a timely manner.
- Respond to questions presented while on the floor regarding product quality, food safety, chemical safety, product specification or other quality related items.
- Maintain order and safety of work environment.
- May be responsible to assist with preparing samples for customers according to appropriate product specifications.
- Provide positive, creative feedback with ideas for product/quality systems development and improvement.
- Maintain current knowledge of USDA regulations, federal inspections and sanitation regulations, industry trends and best food preparations practices; make recommendations to
- improve current programs and processes and to ensure company legal compliance.
Required Education and Experience:
- College Degree (Associate Degree or beyond) in Food Science, Production or related field preferred.
- Previous quality assurance experience in food industry preferred, but not required. On-the-job training will be provided.
- Good written and verbal communication skills; must maintain professional relationship with internal and external contacts
- Bi-Lingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.
- Good organization, prioritization, multi-tasking and attention to detail skills.
- Must have basic mathematical and literacy skills to read and document temperatures, weights, etc. of products and have a general understanding of weight relationships.
- Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office.
- Must be able to work weekends, holidays, day and night hours, and overtime as necessary and as assigned, and must be able to work in the conditions specified for 8 – 10 hour shifts.
- Must be able to work in various work environments (i.e. refrigerated coolers, wet, etc.) on a frequent basis.
- Must be able to successfully pass pre-employment, background and drug screen.
Sunday to Thursday, 8:00am – 4:30pm
College Degree (Associate Degree or beyond) in Food Science, Production or related field preferred.