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QA Lab Technician - Topeka, KS

 

The J. M. Smucker Company

 

SUMMARY


This position is responsible for working both independently and in a team environment to ensure quality standards are maintained throughout the process of producing pet food while ensuring adherence to product standards, processing controls and finished product specifications

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Follow all company Safety Rules and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's).
  • Produce high quality products in a safe and healthful manner.
  • Assigned shift attendance is required.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Assist fellow employees as needed.
  • Review, follow, and write Job Safety Analysis’s, and safe practices for the area.
  • Proper monitoring, documentation and sample collection to meet all Quality Checks done in the area.
  • Issue Quality Holds for Non-Conforming product.

· Prepare samples, standards, and solutions accurately.

  • maintain the following (laboratory) equipment: GC, HPLC, NIR, pH meter, protein analyzer, ovens, scales, grinders, blenders, 2-way radio & Dishwasher.
  • Rotate job responsibilities: Quality Auditor, Runner to get Samples, Shooter performing wet chemistry
  • Restocking of chemicals, supplies and glassware.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. 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 duties and functions of the position.

· Must be able to report to work on time and to work the entire scheduled work period or shift. Timely and regular attendance is required.

· Must be able to successfully handle and manage stress.

· Accustomed to and able to work in a high-volume, fast-pace, complex and busy environment.

· Proven ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities.

· Strong problem-solving skills coupled with the ability to act. A “can-do” mindset and attitude is a must.

· Must be flexible and have the ability to work additional hours when workload, deadlines, production requirements, shift coverage or overtime demand it of the role.

· Consummate team player attitude of sharing and helping others. Must be able to interact positively, professionally and in cooperation with others.

  • Be able to multi-task—complete multiple samples or tasks at one time, in a very fast paced environment.
  • Be able to learn or know laboratory terminology and techniques.
  • Be able to use, understand and maintain the following (laboratory) equipment: GC, HPLC, NIR, pH meter, protein analyzer, ovens, scales, grinders, blenders, 2-way radio & Dishwasher.
  • Be able to keep the area clean and organized at all times.
  • Desire to work in a Team Based Environment.
  • Be disciplined enough to work independently when the situation calls for it and stay on task.
  • Pay attention to detail.
  • Understand basic factory operations to produce pet food.
  • Trouble shooting skills
  • Strong Computer Skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong reading, writing and arithmetic skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment while staying calm, collected and focused on the tasks at hand.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

High-school degree or equivalent is required.

A degree in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Animal Science, Food Science or the equivalent work experience is preferred.

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, GMP's and general instructions. Good communication skills are required.

 

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out both oral and written instructions.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions and duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and lift. The employee is required to stand and walk at minimum 70% of the time.
  • The employee must be able to work 8 or 12 hour shifts, with the flexibility to work additional planned or unplanned hours, as business needs.
  • The employees must occasionally lift/push/pull or carry up to fifty (50) pounds, and should be able to lift 30-35 pounds on a frequent basis.
  • The employee must be able to squat or kneel and to bend on a frequent basis.
  • The employee must be able to work in a cold (40-50 degree) environment.
  • The employee must be able to tolerate exposure to flour and yeast materials.
  • The employee must be able to climb steps on a frequent basis.

 

SAFE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS

Employee must have the ability to perform the essential job functions identified above consistent with safety standards and practices with or without a reasonable accommodation.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environments characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to high.

The following questions are asked of all internal candidates. Your answers will not exclude you from applying. All internal candidates are required to discuss their interest in a new position with their manager prior to applying.

 

 

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