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Laboratory Technician

Location:

Commerce, CA


Description

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

COMMERCE (LA), CA

JOB SUMMARY

The function of this job is to perform professional analytical and microbiological testing of food products, ingredients and environmentals. The position entails responsibility for application and evaluation of approved microbiological techniques and methodologies used in analytical testing of food products/environmentals. The position works with the Laboratory Supervisor, and other laboratory technicians in the daily functions associated with the laboratory. The scope of laboratory tests performed will be directed by the proficiency level the technician has successfully demonstrated and authorized to perform.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Apply aseptic/microbiological techniques in daily workload

Independently pursue an assigned series of processes, procedures or techniques in accordance with Food Safety Net Services Methods Manual, Quality Manual, Chemical Hygiene Plan, Safety Manual and approved laboratory procedures

Accurately perform and read test results and notify Laboratory Manager of deviations

Perform all activities in a neat, safe, hygienic, and efficient manner

Maintain a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry issues and trends

Inventory and report expendable supplies/materials needed for testing requirements

Provide routine preventive maintenance by daily cleaning, sanitizing, and trash disposal; and equipment quality control

Assist in quality control monitoring by taking incubator temperatures, inoculating control organisms, running media controls etc., and other laboratory quality control procedures

Prepare and analyze samples for indicator organisms, pathogens, and chemistries according to acceptable methods

Maintain laboratory condition, to include equipment, supplies, quality assurance programs, and accurate records throughout all procedures

Prepare and maintain bacteriological media and chemical solutions, utilizing proper labeling, handling, storage, use, and disposal of solutions, including autoclaved and hazardous waste

Share information in an open, timely manner and encourage others to do the same, maintaining customer satisfaction and appropriate confidentiality

Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their cognitive area

Responsible for the completion of required training

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

All employees hired directly into a technician level will have 90 calendar days from date of hire to be proficient in the noted areas.

General:

Ability to multitask/quickly move from one task to the next

Ability to repeat tasks with accuracy

General knowledge of all FSNS safety protocols and general OSHA laboratory safety guidelines (Established by completion of Initial Safety Orientation Checklist)

Working knowledge of ISO 17025 Quality procedures general to their primary job/area of responsibility

Ability to perform laboratory opening and closing procedures

Media:

Demonstrate proper operation of sterilizer equipment (large autoclave and Market Forge)

Demonstrate proper media preparation and sterilization per FSNS procedures

Demonstrate working knowledge of LIMS functions around media preparation/QC and autoclave run entry

Media QC Inoculation and reading plates/tubes/broth for sterility and productivity

Main Lab:

Demonstrate performance of serial dilutions and media used

Demonstrate knowledge of methods and how to set the samples for different clients

Demonstrate proficiency in setting LCS testing

Demonstration of good aseptic technique and representative sampling

Demonstrate proper use of pipettes

Demonstrate knowledge of retain and disposal process

Demonstrate an understanding of decontamination of the work area between reports

Log-In:

Logging in and workflow approval of samples in LIMS

Receiving samples, proper temperature range and handling

Knowledge of courier procedures

Separation of RTE and Raw samples

Working knowledge of LIMS

Ability to answer and route customer phone calls

Completed report and QC paperwork filing

Pathogen Lab (IF ASSIGNED):

Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative-counting, and reporting

Demonstrate proficiency in some qualitative rapid testing VIDAS, BAX, GDS, Lateral Flow

Proficiency in entering and passing in LIMS

OTHER DUTIES

Perform other duties as assigned

Courier Duties (IF ASSIGNED):

Will report to the Laboratory Supervisor or designee for assigned duties and conduct all responsibilities outlined in the Courier job description

Specific duties will be assigned

Branch Safety Officer Duties (IF ASSIGNED):

Will report to the Corporate Safety Officer for assigned duties and conduct all responsibilities outlined in the corporate safety manual

Specific duties will be assigned

Master Trainer Duties (IF ASSIGNED):

Will report to the Corporate Trainer for assigned duties and conduct all responsibilities outlined

Specific duties will be assigned

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job may have supervisory responsibilities

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Associate degree in Life Science or related field with two or more years of laboratory experience or; BS degree in Life Science, or related field

Working knowledge of aseptic sampling technique, automated lab equipment, and acceptable methods and procedures

Familiarity with GMP , OSHA guidelines, FDA, BAM, APHA, and Compendium methods and procedure

Broad knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures of a food testing laboratory

Or equivalent combination of education and experience

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following:

Analytical - Collects and researches data

Problem Solving - Gathers and analyzes information skillfully

Technical Skills - Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills

Customer Service - Responds promptly to customer needs; Responds to requests for service and assistance

Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations

Written Communication - Edits work for spelling and grammar

Teamwork - Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests

Ethics - Treats people with respect; Works with integrity and ethicality; Upholds organizational values

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Supports organization's goals and values

Judgment - Exhibits sound and accurate judgment

Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals

Planning/Organizing - Uses time efficiently

Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner

Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Works quickly

Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly

Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions

Initiative - Seeks increased responsibilities; Asks for and offers help when needed

Innovation - Generates suggestions for improving work

Language Skills:

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos in English

Ability to write simple correspondence in English

Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization in English

Mathematical Skills:

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals

Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office Products software

Reasoning Ability:

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions

Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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

Regularly required to stand, sit, walk, use hands and arms, talk and hear

Occasionally lift up to 25 pounds

Color vision and depth perception

WORK ENVIRONMENT

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

Potential exposure to odors, fumes, airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, and microbiological pathogens

Noise level varies from quiet to loud

Temperature varies from hot to cold

Interactive and fast-paced team oriented tasks

Safety:

Required to wear appropriate protective clothing

Required to use appropriate protective equipment

Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area

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