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Quality Technician
Bridgetown Natural Foods -
Portland, OR

Quality and Food Safety Technician

At Bridgetown we value safety, trust and teamwork. We, at Bridgetown Natural Foods, are looking for trustworthy, positive front line technical leaders and team players in the role of Quality Technician to join our growing and dynamic team. Innovation and Advanced manufacturing are at the core of Bridgetown’s culture. The Quality Technician needs to have the technical background to support innovation, commercialization of new products and to excel in a lean, operationally excellent culture. The Quality Technician will learn the principles of lean manufacturing and the value proposition to the specific Quality and Food Safety (Q&FS) function. The Quality Technicians collect data and utilize tools to drive continuous improvement and process control. The Quality Technicians are front line business leaders. This position reports to the Business Unit Quality Engineer. This position has a path to Quality, Production or R&D on a rotational and merit basis.

Direct responsibilities:
§ Provide leadership on ensuring facility is kept safe, clean and well organized
§ Provide leadership and training on Quality and Food Safety initiatives and fundamentals
§ Review and train on relevant SOPs /SSOPs for food safety, HACCP, GMPs, et al
§ Train on SQF code and program requirements (learn SQF code if not already experienced)
§ Initiate food safety and quality hold procedures including communication and record keeping
§ Conduct plant food safety and security audits; continually look for food safety hazards
§ Measure and monitor environmental and plant conditions, including pre-operational startup
§ Collect and analyze sample data to ensure product conformance and process control
§ Perform quality tests (Moisture, Color, Bar Weights, Width, Thickness, Length) on product
§ Perform quality tests (Package Weights, Pouch Temperature, Fines, Package Integrity (Seal Check)) on product
§ Verify series and codes on pouches, cartons and cases are correct
§ Complete verification form for packaging materials and codes
§ Direct observation for HACCP records for CCP monitoring of the metal detector
§ Complete HACCP CCP paperwork on the required frequency
§ Monitor checkweigher and bar code scanners
§ Participate in sensory panels as scheduled
§ Take responsibility for implementation of corrective and preventative actions as assigned
§ Enforce plant certification and regulatory requirements (FDA/ODA, Kosher, Organic, Gluten Free)
§ Review analytical analyses on incoming ingredients and finished products (CoAs)
§ Develop content and signage to support Q&FS initiatives
§ Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Preferred education, experience and characteristics:
§ A minimum of two year degree with 2+ years of relevant experience in Food, Beverage or Pharmaceutical
o Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Microbiology preferred
§ Ability to be flexible with work hours and shifting priorities. Must be able to work any assigned shift.
§ Ability to apply technical principles to solve problems and make data-based decisions
§ Integrity and loyalty with a bias for action, delivers results
§ Demonstrate a positive attitude, strong work ethic, decisive nature and a high level of initiative
§ Respects process integrity and values results - critical thinker with strong analytical and reasoning abilities
§ Desire to challenge the status quo in order to discover new approaches
§ Well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to relate and lead across disciplines
§ Establish credibility - excellent communication skills, written and verbal
§ Attention to detail and belief in high standards of presentation

About Bridgetown Natural Foods:
Bridgetown Natural Foods, a B Corporation established in Portland, Oregon in March 2010, is a manufacturing partner for leading all-natural, organic and gluten-free snack brands dedicated to producing sustainable, innovative and healthy products.

Bridgetown’s mission is to increase the availability of natural, wholesome foods through operational excellence. The company lives its mission by investing in its people, in innovation that meets or exceeds the demands of a fast-growth marketplace, and in performance – both as a responsible employer and a trusted manufacturing partner.

With a specialty in baked goods and extruded bars, slab-formed bars, enrobed bars, granolas and clustered items, Bridgetown’s production lines are designed and appropriately scaled for emerging brands, providing complex manufacturing capabilities and leading food safety certifications to a high growth segment of the market. Bridgetown embraces complexity, and the company’s expertise in handling allergens, gluten-free, organic and kosher products provides its customers with complex, flexible manufacturing solutions.

As a privately-held, family-owned company, we offer benefits which reflect our commitment to attracting and retaining great people. This includes excellent pay, competitive health and dental care coverage, wellness programs and incentives, a competitive vacation plan and unrivalled career advancement opportunities, to name just a few of our benefits. The pay for this position starts at $14/hr.

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