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Laboratory Technologist - Hershey - Stuarts Draft, VA




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Job Location:  Stuarts Draft, VA   




The Laboratory Technologist will be responsible for process monitoring, performing lab evaluations, food safety inspections, and compliance control. This position is a first shift position. The work week for this position is Sunday through Thursday. Overtime may be required, possibly on short notice. The schedule is subject to change depending on laboratory/ plant needs.




  • Conduct routine and non-routine analyses of in-process materials, raw materials, environmental samples, finished goods, or stability samples.
  • Calibrate, validate, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory equipment.
  • Compile laboratory test data, perform appropriate analyses, and prepare graphs, charts, and reports.
  • Complete documentation needed to support testing procedures including data capture forms, equipment logbooks, or inventory forms.
  • Evaluate analytical methods and procedures to determine how they might be improved.
  • Identify quality problems and recommend solutions.
  • Interpret test results, compare them to established specifications and control limits, and make recommendations on appropriateness of data for release.
  • Investigate or report questionable test results.
  • Monitor testing procedures to ensure that all tests are performed according to established item specifications, standard test methods, or protocols. 
  • Participate in out-of-specification and failure investigations using analytical skills to determine root cause and recommend remedial actions; participate in extraneous evaluations and provide feedback to QA and Production Managers.
  • Provide assistance to QA Managers and Production Managers in research and development, production technology, and quality control. 
  • Clean and sterilize laboratory equipment, including utensils and the general laboratory areas and surfaces. 
  • Prepare media for use in the laboratory.
  • Taste or smell foods or ingredients to ensure flavors meet specifications, or to select samples with specific characteristics. 
  • File QA Department CPOP records, library samples, and sort product samples for testing. 
  • Inventory QA laboratory supplies and work with others to order materials as needed.


Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities:


  • Microsoft Suite - Word and Excel
  • SAP, LIMS or LabWare a plus, or the ability to learn new programs
  • Basic math skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to adhere to standard laboratory protocols and test methods
  • Ability to work in a sterile setting
  • Position will require the individual to work with chemicals
  • Ability to train others 
  • Ability to work in a group setting and to collaborate with others on duties and schedules
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work with limited direction; self motivated
  • Must be flexible, a fast learner, and self-motivated.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: 



  • High school diploma is required
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in food science, microbiology, chemistry, or biology is preferred


  • Experience in a lab environment required


The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The policy of The Hershey Company is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.


The Hershey Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veterans

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