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Requisition #:


External Job Title:

Food Quality and Safety Technician

Interest Category:

Research & Development


Research & Development

Position Type:

Full Time




Duties & Responsibilities:

Diversified work requiring analytical ability, making basic decisions, creating new protocols and independent thinking where accepted procedures, practice or precedent are not always available or apply.

Must have good knowledge of different chemical, microbiological, physical and rheological testing of food products, methodologies and instruments. Must be able to research and understand different types of instruments, validation tests and protocols, interpret data and make logical recommendations. This individual must have experience in food safety programs, specifically in cleaning and sanitation procedures and methods. Must also have knowledge in chemicals and sanitizers, swabbing protocols and applying information for effective cleaning and sanitation.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Conducts all necessary physical and chemical tests on food products with minimal supervision, or outsources them whenever appropriate.
  • Handles microbiological testing of products or packaging materials by outsourcing the most feasible way.
  • Maintains, cleans and calibrates all lab equipments, and conducts validation tests.
  • Researches and identifies appropriate instrumentation for the analytical lab and recommends purchases.
  • Documents, reviews and interprets data, conducts data trend analysis. Creates written reports and recommendations for R&D.
  • Creates and maintains Analytical Lab Manual and other related procedures.
  • Creates and implements Chemical Safety Program for the Analytical Lab.
  • Writes Analytical Lab SOPs and ELTC SSOPs and handles change management in these documents. Prepares and updates Food Safety Manual and the MSDSs.
  • Creates a "new equipment on-boarding" process to ensure appropriate equipment sanitation.
  • Contributes to testing designs
  • Direct the daily work of sanitation technicians and inspects for cleanliness.
  • Creates and maintains Master Sanitation Schedule and makes sure that it is being followed effectively.
  • Trains R&D, Culinary, Engineering and the sanitation technicians on cleaning, sanitation, food safety, GMPs and other related topics
  • Manages sanitation chemicals inventory
  • Member of the ELTC Safety Team

This job has no supervisory responsibilities

Sargento Foods Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Minimum of an Associates of Science Degree required.

Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry or a related science field preferred.

Two years training/experience in a science analytical lab required.

Basic food safety, cleaning and sanitation knowledge is preferred.

Previous team leadership and experience/training in a food analytical lab is preferred.

Must have the ability to effectively communicate feedback, test results and project progress status via written memos. Must be able to read and interpret technical procedures and present information to the R&D group.

Above basic mathematical skills. Must have a knowledge, understanding and application of means, and standard deviation. Capability of solving for unknowns in a mathematical equation.

Must be proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word and Power Point. Knowledge of SAP or similar integrated software and Documentum or similar document retention software. Must have the ability to download data from the internet. Proficiency in Minitab or other statistical software and Genesis software systems preferred. Ability to create charts and graphs suitable for presentations and reports.

Interaction with suppliers, academia, institutions and R&D project team requires tact and judgment to maintain effective relationships. Must be able to work collaboratively in a team environment . Requires exercise of personal influence. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule on other shifts as necessary.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.




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