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Quality Assurance - Receiving Lab Tech (6pm to 6am Shift)

Company: Smuckers
Location: Meadville
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

Title: Receiving Laboratory Technician - Quality Assurance I

Reports To: Team Leader, Quality Assurance

Overall Focus: Collects and prepares samples for both toxin and analytical testing for the assessment of incoming ingredients. Tests prepared materials using good laboratory practices.

FLSA Designation: Plant Hourly

Salary Grade: Quality Assurance I Level: T5


  • Fully competent in sample collection and testing techniques for in-process checks of incoming ingredients
  • Ingredients - Mycotoxin testing and/or preparation of samples for additional analysis
  • Perform Chemical NIR analysis (Moisture, Fat, Protein, Ash, Fiber)
  • WIP product for Mycotoxin testing

  • Maintains proper documentation of all sample collection, testing and non-conformances

  • Reviews all test results against process parameters and/or specifications
  • Navigates programs to verify incoming ingredient and supplier information
  • Communicates discrepancies and deviations in tests results in a timely manner and takes action to resolve problems
  • Maintains equipment calibrations
  • Maintains a clean workspace in the laboratory environment
  • Works on individual projects as assigned
  • Ensures that Company Safety program is adhered to
  • Adheres to all Standard Operating Procedures and job instructions
  • Ensures all SOPs are being followed
  • Informs QA Team Lead and/or QA Manager of any food safety problems
  • Alerts QA Team Lead of need to update or modify SOPs based on needed changes to the processes
  • Takes corrective action when measures are out of specification
  • Takes and documents required process, quality measures
  • Meets or exceeds established targets

  • Works directly with SQF program
  • Adheres to all sanitation procedures
  • Follows all GMPs
  • Keeps process areas clean and neat
  • Ensures all areas meet sanitation requirements

  • Actively adheres to all Plant Safety Procedures
  • Reports all unsafe actions and conditions

  • Understands and demonstrations The J.M. Smucker Basic Beliefs and Our Commitment to Each Other
  • Assumes responsibility for self-improvement
  • Participates in the improvement/problem solving process
  • Shows up to work on time
  • Dresses appropriately
  • Maintains good personal hygiene
  • Takes breaks of appropriate length and frequency

  • Reports food safety issues to supervision with the authority to initiate action
  • Assumes responsibility for own personal development and continuous learning
  • Keeps abreast on new technology, methods and regulations related to responsibilities


(Knowledge and skills necessary to meet organizational objectives)

Education/Training: Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Biology, or other science-related field required

Experience: Experience on a food plant quality team or in a laboratory setting preferred


(Abilities required of this position)

  • Time management skills - develop and adhere to a schedule
  • Trouble shooting skills
  • Able to follow detailed instructions
  • Able to work a flexible work schedule and be on call as assigned
  • Willing to work weekends
  • Know product formulas, product codes, ingredient codes
  • Relevant laboratory experience in a cGMP environment and the ability to apply GMPs effectively
  • Applicable knowledge of basic computer skills
  • Strong documentation and organizational skills
  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Must have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively in a fast paced, multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Complete understanding of quality control, quality assurance, and environmental/food micro techniques


(Necessary to perform essential functions of job with or without an accommodation)

  • Climb ladders and bins
  • Maneuver in tight spaces
  • Move items of 55-80 lbs. in weight from one place to another
  • Stack repetitiously 60 lbs. or less
  • Able to differentiate between colors
  • Able to work in extreme temperature conditions (very hot or very cold)

Ability to regularly function in a typical office environment and operate related equipment - computer, copier, telephone, etc., as well as, low risk manufacturing environment - able to observe and get around equipment, using PPE, if required.

Ability to occasionally travel by plane, car or other ground transportation, as needed.

  • Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time

Keywords: Smuckers, Erie , Quality Assurance - Receiving Lab Tech (6pm to 6am Shift), Other , Meadville, Pennsylvania

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