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Food Safety Quality Assurance Technician-2nd shift
Location: 590 Woodrow St
Denmark, WI
Salm Partners



Date Posted: 03-17-2017

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Do you think you are capable of something more in your career?  Are you looking for more stability and detail orientated? Come to Salm Partners where we will pay you more as you are expanding your knowledge! Earn extra paid vacation through dedication and receive the recognition you deserve! 
Salm Partners is currently looking to hire a 2nd Shift Food Safety Quality Assurance Technician!  

Ensures compliance with USDA-FSIS regulations, company food safety and quality programs and policies, and SQF requirements.  Conducts pre-operational and operational inspections, monitors product food safety and quality attributes and performs other activities required to maintain and document regulatory, food safety & quality compliance. Assists with root cause analysis and quality improvement efforts.  
QA Techs are responsible for and will be assigned to one of 3 areas of the production facility. 

1.     QX Systems

2.     Blending and Offline Projects

3.     Dock and Offline Projects

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
Tasks that are inclusive of all 3 areas

·        Review and monitor the Operational Parameters of the product being produced on their assigned line.

·        Ensure compliance to HACCP via record reviews and direct observation.

·        Perform Pre-operational and Change-over inspections, document deficiencies and corrective actions.

·        Conduct Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP) inspections as required when the plant is in operation.

·        Perform metal detector checks to required frequency

·        Verify scale accuracy

·        Monitor environmental temperatures

·        Collect & document foreign material and perform initial root cause and corrective actions.

·        Place food safety & quality holds on finished goods, WIP products, Raw materials & packaging and facility as needed

·        Collect product, water, environmental and equipment samples as needed, complete test requests and prepare the samples and form for transport to the outside laboratory

·        Report nonconformance issues, and elements that registered at the action limits.

·        Conduct initial root-cause analysis for elements out of compliance and determine appropriate corrective actions with input from Operations, Maintenance and FSQA Supervisory Partners. 

·        Participate in internal Glass & Brittle Plastic, GMP and Safety audits. 

·        Assist as needed with new and test project being run on their production line. This would include running data loggers, pulling samples and communicating food safety and quality attributes as needed.

·        Pull shelf-life samples and participate in organoleptic evaluation of finished product.

·        Ensure compliance to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) including partner hygiene and product protection.

·        Follow lock out / tag out procedures

·        Monitor & document compliance with USDA-FSIS Regulations including food safety regulations on cooking and chilling, sanitation regulations, and labeling regulations.

·        Act as point person for the USDA-FSIS.

·        Participate in process validation activities.

·        Perform calibration of technical equipment.

·        Support the SQF certification process and ongoing compliance.

·        Perform all other duties as assigned.

When assigned to The Dock, Blending, and Offline Projects additional tasks to be performed will include:

·Review Certificates of Analysis & Certificates of Conformance for all incoming raw materials & packaging against the most current specifications.

·Review all incoming printed film, labels & sleeves for compliance with label approvals and pull samples for filing.

·        Review the ingredient declarations of all incoming compound raw materials and seasoning blends against the specification

·        Answer calls to the dock for all out of compliance shipments

·        Assist with setup and review of package inspection keys

·        Contact raw material, ingredient, and/or packaging suppliers to obtain information as needed

·        Aid in the revision of product specifications, product audits, QA & Food Safety forms & procedures, etc.

·        Assist in the resolution of customer complaints

·        Assist Sr. FSQA Technician and or FSQA Supervisor with assigned projects

Supervisory Responsibilities                                                     
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Must have a strong attention to detail and be able to work with a high degree of accuracy.   An ability to cover other shifts as needed, potentially for 1-2 weeks at a time, is desirable.  Must be dependable, punctual, and self-motivated.   
Education and/or Experience                                                   
High school diploma or GED equivalent is required
 Previous experience in a food manufacturing environment is desirable.
Communication/Interpersonal Skills                                                     
Must possess strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work effectively within a team.  Must have the ability to read and interpret documents such as operating and technical instructions, and procedure manuals.  
Computer Skills                                               
Must possess strong computer proficiencies with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.  Previous experience with databases, Statistical Process Control software and Enterprise Resource Planning software (e.g. MAS 500) is strongly preferred. Hands-on experience with electronic data collection on the plant floor is highly desirable.
Mathematical Skills                                                     
Must have strong math skills, with the ability to calculate formulas and percentages, perform metric conversions and common statistical analyses, and interpret data. Ability to perform mathematical analysis and statistical computations and to work with concepts such as limits, standard deviation and charting.
Reasoning Ability                                            
Must have the ability to apply common sense in decision making and carrying out instructions furnished in written, verbal, and/or diagram form.  Must have strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills.  Previous training in and application of, root cause analysis methodology is strongly preferred.  Must have the ability to use scientific method to analytical problems.  Must also have the ability to read and understand government regulations pertaining to foods and understand and implement government guidelines for foods, laboratory practices and validation.
Physical Demands 
While performing the duties of this job, the partner is frequently required to stand; walk; sit and talk or hear. The partner is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms, and occasionally smell and taste.  Must occasionally lift boxes of product weighing up to 30#.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, far vision, depth perception and color vision. 
Work Environment 
The work environment described here is representative of conditions a partner encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the office work environment is low, and while the production work environment is usually loud.  A wide temperature range exists in different production areas, ranging from 35 to 100° F. The production work environment is wet and slippery at times, and each partner is required to provide appropriate footwear to ensure firm footing in all conditions.  Partners are required to wear frocks, hearing protection and hairnets at all times in the production areas. 

Salm Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, and we are committed to the employment and advancement of minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law.


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