Lab Support QA Technician in Tualatin, Oregon
The Quality Assurance Technician assists the company’s operations on a technical level to assure the safety and the quality of all finished products starting from receiving raw materials, preparation to shipping. RESPONSIBILITIES Collects samples of products from operating lines; checks and records fill volumes and weights on charts. Informs leadership of out of tolerance fill volumes, fill weights, or other substandard manufactured products or processes and takes action as appropriate. Visually inspects labeling, coding and packaging of finished products. Conducts technical lab analysis of raw ingredients, products in process, and finished products according to written specifications and quality assurance procedures. Standardizes, calibrates and utilizes scientific equipment such as pH meters, refractometers, moisture balance, weigh scales, viscometers, and microscopes. Inspects raw ingredients, processes and products. Informs the QA Manager of any item of substandard quality, characteristics or attributes. Analyzes raw ingredients for appraisal and/or disposition. Collects samples of raw ingredients and finished products to create retain samples. Monitors employee health and sanitation practices. Reports unsatisfactory practices in the appropriate manner. Exercises oversight authority for raw materials, batch mixing and packaging lines. Possesses the authority to stop, hold, divert or retain batches or finished products when test or weight check results indicate that corrective action is necessary to meet established quality or customer parameters. Corrective action means a decision that is made by higher authority that authorizes the continued manufacture or provides the disposition of such materials or processes. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of GMPs and Allergen programs, HACCP, Hazard Communication, Sanitation and all other relevant safety procedures. Participates in plant sanitation projects, mandatory training and overtime work. All employees are responsible for upholding the principles of SQF 2000. EXPERIENCE Bachelors degree in food science and technology, biology, microbiology, other food-related scientific discipline or equivalent work experience is preferred. 1-2 years of progressive responsibility demonstrating judgment and decision making ability, preferably with a food manufacturer.