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Lab Technician


Issaquah, WA




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Darigold is the fifth largest dairy cooperative in the United States based on milk volume, and one of the largest privately held organizations headquartered in the state of Washington. Since 1918, our producers have taken pride in producing dairy products with unsurpassed quality. Today we are one of the nation's largest agricultural cooperatives, producing over 8.5 billion pounds of milk every year. Through innovative technology and our efficient, flexible production capabilities, we deliver value-added products and customer-driven solutions. Darigold is now known throughout the world for bringing fresh, wholesome dairy products and ingredients from the Northwest to people all around the globe.

The Issaquah plant Lab Technician reports to the Quality Assurance Supervisor and is responsible for the day to day functions in the lab and for insuring all quality and food safety related tasks are completed in a timely manner.  This is a hourly, non-bargaining-unit position.


Please note that this role is a graveyard shift.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities (other duties as assigned):

  • Conduct all quality and food safety related testing.
  • Maintain documentation and records of all quality and food safety related testing.
  • Calibrate laboratory equipment, conduct validation testing and maintain calibration documentation.
  • Daily review of Appendix N documentation and reporting
  • Daily review of laboratory quality data to ensure products meet specification
  • Conduct daily product evaluations with plant management and operators to ensure consistent quality
  • Daily review of processing and quality data collected by Operators
  • Track, tend and report key quality measures
  • Complete and maintain vitamin fortification program and records.
  • Maintain environmental swabbing program, track and report results
  • Maintain and review COA’s from ingredient vendors
  • Ensure proper laboratory procedures are followed as outlined by Darigold’s Corporate Quality Department 
  • This position will also assist with:
    • Management of the plant HACCP program
    • Management of the plant Allergen Control Program
    • Customer complaint investigation and resolution
    • Third party audit review and response, assist as needed during audits
    • Trouble-shooting plant quality issues
    • Special projects
    • Plant quality and food safety related training.
    • Assist with regulatory compliance


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficient in the use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint


Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • BA or BS in Food Science, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry
  • Lab Experience
  • 1-2 years of experience in the food industry preferred


We offer our employees a team oriented work environment, competitive salary, and an excellent benefit package including an educational assistance program and a top-notch 401k savings plan.

Darigold is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, creed, religion, genetic information or any characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Darigold participates in E-Verify. Detail in English and Spanish . Right to Work Statement in English and Spanish. We offer our employees a team oriented work environment, competitive salary, and an excellent benefit package including an educational assistance program and a top-notch 401k savings plan.


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