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Food Science/Quality Technicians
First Source 306 reviews - Tonawanda, NY




First Source is a packager and distributor of national branded, unbranded and private label confectionery products, nuts, snacks, specialty foods and natural products sold to retailers throughout the U.S. The company specializes in worldwide sourcing, warehousing and transportation logistics with facilities located in Tonawanda, NY. Williamsburg, VA., Lebanon, TN., and Los Angeles, CA.

We are currently seeking to hire Food Science Technicians for 1st and 3rd shift.

A Food Quality Technician monitors our production lines, assists in startups and verifies a correct bulk fill, packaging, label, weight, code and condition of final product. This position makes certain all defective products are contained and that errors are caught quickly and immediately corrected.

Essential Functions:

  • Monitoring of production activities per the direction of the Production Manager, Quality Manager and Operations Manager in observing and enforcing all SQF guidelines, all Plant policies and procedures, all Plant Quality and Sanitation guidelines, all Plant Safety guidelines, and all Plant GMP programs.
  • Hourly line checks on all production lines to verify and sign off on CCP’s, check all line activities for proper bulk fill, proper labels, case codes, packaging, and quality of finished product packages. Assist line operators in checking and verifying all startups of new products on the line. Assist line operators with decision to reject bulk materials that does not meet specifications.
  • Verify and sign off on metal detectors, check weighers and scales on all lines being in operation and set up and correctly working. Correct when needed.
  • Oversee sanitation on shift to help supervise and coordinate with them to conduct verification swabbing after any line cleans. Verify no cross contamination involving allergens and make certain this is documented.
  • Review daily production records for each line throughout the shift to verify accuracy and assure completeness. Work with Production Supervisor to notify of any problems and verify corrections. Notify Quality Manager of all issues encountered on shift.
  • Conduct bacteriological and environmental swabbing of equipment, and product sampling for bacterial analysis.
  • Review daily retention samples for packaging and code dating, and insuring the samples are moved to the retention area. Obtain samples from production, warehouse, as needed.
  • Report all Food Safety and Food Quality issues immediately. Place holds when needed.
  • Timely, Accurate, and Efficient completion of all required paperwork documentation.
  • Observe all safety rules, precautions, and practices to ensure the safety of self and others.
  • Observe, recognize, and report, immediately to Supervision, any Site Security or Bio-terrorism issues.

Skill and Education Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 year degree in a science related field
  • 3+ years’ quality experience in food safety.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office software; word, excel and Outlook email.
  • Ability to completely and legibly complete required paperwork.
  • Knowledge of food safety programs such as HACCP, SQF, GMP
  • Good communication skills and good people skills to work with line operators and production supervisors to get problems fixed efficiently.
  • Ability to recognize food safety and quality issues and get corrected.
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently on projects, and report results to supervision

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

  • Tonawanda, NY

Required education:

  • Associate

Required experience:

  • Quality Control: 2 years
  • Food Safety: 2 years

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