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Laboratory Technologist III

Food Safety Net Services - Covington, GA

 

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 closely with the Lab Supervisor 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. This position is commonly referred to as a special projects microbiologist due to the more technical nature of the scope of work and involvement in special projects.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Apply aseptic/microbiological techniques in daily workload and prepare and analyze samples for indicator organisms, pathogens, and chemistries according to acceptable methods
  • 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
  • Prepare media and reagents as needed for daily microbiological testing
  • Maintain a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry issues and trends
  • Report inventory and expendable supplies/materials needed for testing requirements
  • Provide routine preventive maintenance by daily cleaning, sanitizing, trash disposal, and equipment quality control
  • Assist in quality control duties to by taking incubator temperatures, inoculating control organisms, running media controls etc., and other laboratory quality control procedures including quality control documentation
  • Assist with training and research assignments
  • Maintain safe, efficient, and compliant lab operations, to include equipment maintenance and purchasing supplies
  • Assist with the coordination of sample collection, transport, and receiving maintaining customer satisfaction while achieving desired business results
  • Assist with managing priorities and schedule such that individual goals as well as team goals are achieved with encouraged participation in the Food Safety Net Services team
  • Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area
  • Responsible for the completion of required training
  • Travel is required and at the discretion of management

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

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

  • Need to have competency in all duties listed in previous tech levels

General:

  • Can conduct training as required for Tech I and IIís
  • Frequent successful client contact
  • Demonstrates a functional working knowledge of the ISO 17025 Quality System and assist in the administration of the system within the lab
  • Proficient in all other duties (Safety, Quality/Equipment, Bio safety)
  • Minimum of 2 years customer service experience
  • Ability to travel when necessary
  • Ability to problem-solve and interpret written methods
  • Ability to make informed decisions on sample disposition and reporting
  • Working closely with lead or supervisor in decision making
  • Flexibility in scheduling and covering shifts
  • Proficient in the opening and closing duties of Path Lab
  • Engaging leads, supervisors, and managers in decision making
  • Proficient in all areas of the lab (Log-In, Main, Media, Path)

Pathogen Lab:

  • Maintain Stock cultures
  • Knowledge of all qualitative, quantitative testing, and confirmations performed
  • Resource for all technicians in Path and Main Lab
  • Proficient in the approval process including second approval
  • Excellent aseptic technique and use of the biological hood
  • Understanding of client specs
  • Ability to make decisions when the Tech IV, Lead, or Supervisor is not available
  • Proficient in prioritizing reports and meeting TAT
  • Managing client expectations
  • Ensuring all Path Lab duties are complete and the end of the shift
  • Ensuring daily, weekly, and monthly sanitation and QC are complete
  • Help resolve technical issues with machines, calling a representative to troubleshoot
  • Successful performance in proficiency testing for all path lab analyses on A2LA Scope (<2 Z-Score)
  • Training of new employees
  • Versed in GMP/GLP, FDA, USDA, AOAC, and other method reference sources
  • Manage workload and ensure TAT is met by delegation of work to self and others

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

Biosafety Officer Duties (IF ASSIGNED):

  • Be involved in the review and implementation of the Biosafety Plan
  • Set an example to other employees by adhering to the Biosafety Plan
  • Enforce the Biosafety Plan by correcting or reporting deviation from the Plan to laboratory management

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
  • Carries out responsibilities in accordance with organization's policies and applicable laws
  • Responsibilities may include interviewing, training, directing work, and appraising performance

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • BS degree in Life Science or related field
  • Masters degree in Life Science or related field preferred
  • Two years of analytical laboratory experience
  • Three or more years experience in a commercial food-testing laboratory preferred
  • 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
  • Design - Demonstrates attention to detail
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Develops alternative solutions
  • Project Management - Coordinates projects
  • Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Meets commitments
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control
  • Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; able to read and interpret written information
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit
  • Visionary Leadership - Inspires respect and trust
  • Delegation - Delegates work assignments
  • Leadership - Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Accepts feedback from others
  • Managing People - Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills
  • Quality Management - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
  • Diversity - Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Works ethically and with integrity
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time
  • Judgment - Exhibits sound and accurate judgment
  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals
  • Planning/Organizing - Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Applies feedback to improve performance
  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Works quickly
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals
  • Initiative - Seeks increased responsibilities; Asks for and offers help when needed
  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Generates suggestions for improving work

Language Skills

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals in English
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence in English
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization in English

Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry

Computer Skills

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

Reasoning Ability

  • 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

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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