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FSQA Lead - Portland, OR 97203

Ajinomoto Windsor

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Ajinomoto Foods North America is looking for a Lead FSQA Technician to coordinate QC technicians, maintain the food safety program, and maintain the lab and inventory, among other duties.



Coordinate QC Technicians

  • Oversee and train new or less experienced QC technicians.
  • Create a monthly work schedule for the QC/QA department.
  • Train production employees and newly hired personnel with general education regarding the food industry, HACCP monitoring, SSOP and GMP.
  • Coordinate the completion of projects assigned to the QC technicians.
  • Prepare reports related to current quality issues including those related to on-hold product, environmental swabbing, pre-operational, and operational inspections.
  • Perform other tasks related to Quality Control and Quality Assurance activities.

Maintain Food Safety Program

  • Review, modify, and maintain the HACCP program with Manager’s approval.
  • Implement QC/QA program changes in the plant.
  • Monitor raw material receiving program and supplier approval process.
  • Participate in pre-operational and operational audits.
  • Carry out line checks and all verification processes.
  • Verify all critical control points and control points of all processes in accordance with plant HACCP and GMP programs.
  • Assist in monitoring of raw material and finished product specifications; maintain and report raw material and finished goods “HOLD” tag logs.
  • Carry-out microbiological and chemical analytical tests on finished foods, environmental and other contact surfaces.
  • Assist in reviewing pre-shipment approval documentation.
  • Complete all paperwork accurately and timely.
  • Taste test for sensory evaluation of finished goods.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures.

Maintain Lab and Inventory

  • Control product ordering and keep to department budget.
  • Maintain lab equipment and arrange for the repair and calibration of any defective equipment.
  • Maintain the daily operations of the lab.
  • Maintain and update lab SOPs.


  • Currently this position has supervisory responsibilities over the QC technicians under the direction of the QC Manager.


  • Bachelors Degree (BA or BS) from a four year college or university; or at least two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in employee training and support
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Familiarity with computers and Microsoft Office programs
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Solid mathematical skills



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