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Quality Control Services Technician at Agropur, Inc

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

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Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Job Description:
Job Type:Regular

Working at Agropur means being a member of an extended family where simplicity and honesty are part of everyday life, and where the management style is based on integrity, openness and autonomy. You can join, as well, Agropur's extended family.

Agropur Ingredients is looking for a Quality Control Service Technician to join our growing team!

As a Quality Control Service Technician, you'll assist in the collecting, approving, maintaining, and documenting of quality and technical information. The Quality Service Technician is also responsible for ensuring all products (incoming and outgoing) meet quality standards.

8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Review and approve vendor Certificates of Analysis.
  • Update the "Quality Hold Product" database; including products related to raw ingredient, finished goods, damaged bags and expired products.
  • Create finished product Certificates of Analysis.
  • Manage and communicate third party laboratory test results to appropriate individuals and departments.
  • Assist with investigations for out of specification laboratory tests.
  • Create and update Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and validate new procedures.
  • Preparation and testing of chemistry, physical, and/or microbiology samples.
  • Perform microbiological preparation techniques including dilutions, plating, and enumeration.
  • Assist with sampling of incoming raw ingredients and finished products as needed.
  • Assist with sample shipping to customers and third party laboratories.
  • Prepare compounds and reagents for use in conducting tests.
  • Perform and demonstrate proficiency in the following tests including analysis of ash, moisture, scorch, density, dispersability, titratable acidity, pH, flavor, color, and allergens
  • Interpret test results and prepare test solutions.
  • Perform various microbiological test procedures which includes preparation of test media, analysis of standard plate count, coliform, E. coli, and yeast and mold.
  • Ensure laboratory area and equipment is clean and sanitized standards.
  • Perform daily, weekly, and monthly maintenance on laboratory equipment.
  • Perform quarterly internal proficiency testing and ensure that the level results are acceptable.
  • Receive, sort, composite and prepare samples for laboratory testing.
  • Review specifications on testing data; enter data into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
  • Support product safety, quality and legality.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Contact with all employees in Quality, Regulatory and Production.
  • Understand and adhere to Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Safety Protocol
    • Stop any observed unsafe acts and obey facility safety rules and procedures.
    • Correct or report any observed safety hazards.
    • Support safety policies and programs.
    • Follow all safety procedures and participate in safety training.

Agropur offers competitive wages and benefits, including Medical, Dental, Vision, HSA/FSA plans; Life, Disability, and 401(k)! Employees are also eligible for paid time off and holidays on day one! We are an employee focused organization that promotes from within and are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented employees to join our growing team.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.


Education Required:
  • Associate's Degree in a Scientific field required.
  • Bachelor's Degree in a Scientific field preferred.
  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience will be considered.

Experience Required:
  • Minimum two (2) years of laboratory experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the operation of laboratory equipment required.

Certification/Licensure Required:
  • None

Skills Required:
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow documents and procedures (GLP, SOP, MSDS, GMP, test procedures, and HACCP).
  • Ability to apply logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions.
  • Decisions administered soundly and consistently with policies and in compliance with appropriate laws and regulations.
  • Able to exchange basic informational data (fill out forms/checklists, copy data from one record to another, etc.); interview to gather information; advise others on alternatives/options; coach and counsel others; read, understand and explain technical data.
  • Follow written, verbal and/or diagrammatic instructions; solve practical problems; interpret verbal and written instructions; conduct general informational, statistical, and technical research and analyze/interpret research; logical thinking to solve problems including abstract and concrete variables; address intellectual and practical problems; comprehend most complex concepts.
  • Demonstrate functional and technical knowledge, ability to learn new skills quickly, and achieve a high level of accomplishment.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail in composing, typing, and proofing materials, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, adapt to a changing environment quickly, and think independently.
  • Effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to management and coworkers.
  • Basic math plus fractions, decimals and percentages, as well as algebraic calculations.
  • Intermediate computer skills with Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word, Outlook and field-specific software.
  • Exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others and work to maintain constructive working relationships.

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