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Quality Assurance Coordinator at Land O'Lakes, Inc. in Tulare, California

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Imagine what you can do at Land O’Lakes. Our growth relies on extraordinary talent and boundless thinkers who are always looking for a better way and believe anything is possible. Like you, innovation and technology drive us.  

At Land O’Lakes, you will also be part of a community with creative doers and dreamers, who want to make a difference. We work together combining our global perspective and direct access to the source to create practical, new solutions to meet agriculture’s toughest challenges.

Join the team at any Land O’Lakes location or with one of our retail-owners and you’ll sense the optimism, honesty and innovation that goes into everything we do. Together, we strive to feed human progress.

Job Posting Title:

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Job Description:

The Quality Assurance Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the laboratory and sanitation departments. They are responsible in liaison with the process operator to ensure a quality finished product, meeting customers specifications by monitoring all in-process analysis, making proper notification of all out of specification product and taking necessary precautions to aid in the prevention of non-conforming product.

  • Responsible in liaison with the QA Manager for the education and training of new sanitarians and laboratory technicians.

  • Assist the QA Manager with orientation of new employees pertaining to GMP. Overseeing the analytical and bacteriological testing on all raw material, in-process material and finished product in accordance with company policies and operating procedures.

  • See that the analysis is completed on a timely basis.

  • Ensure that all sanitation procedures follow regulatory agencies and customer specifications.

  • Review all in-process analysis.

  • Any out of specification result on product will be brought to the attention of shift supervisor / foreman and monitor analysis until corrective action has been achieved. Results on finished powder products must be reviewed and signed off before product is released for customer shipment. 

  • Maintain accurate and up to date records of pest control inspections. 

  • Work with outside contracted pest control vendor on monthly audits.

  • Assist QA Manager in overseeing / performing the tests pertinent to maintain the state approved laboratory status with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

  • Monthly collection of milk and water products for regulatory requirements.

  • Participate in and coordinate the annual proficiency testing program for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Organize and participate in split sampling programs within the laboratory for condensed, powder and butter products. 

  • Execute an annual drug residue split sample program with the receiving department. Maintain stock levels of laboratory and sanitation supplies. 

  • Communicate to the QA Manager when supplies are needed.

  • Establish control points for the Charm II system and monitor positive and negative reagent supplies.

  • Assist production department in QA trouble shooting inclusive of but not limited to sample collection, physical inspection, additional testing, and contribution of ideas. Responsible for maintaining calibration of laboratory equipment. 

  • Give direction to laboratory technicians for analysis required for equipment calibration. Maintain cost effectiveness and research ways to improve upon the efficiency of the laboratory and sanitation departments.

  • Performs other duties assigned.

  • Responsible to adhere to quality system requirements.

  • Maintain awareness of customer focus.

  • Responsible for environmental swabbing pathogens.

  • Performs post CIP equipment inspections and micro swabbing.

  • Responsible for flavoring and maintaining butter library samples.

Experience – Education Required:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Minimum 2 years of Food/Dairy manufacturing laboratory experience.

  • Good working knowledge of required analytical techniques and procedures.

Qualifications Skills Required:

  • Basic computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Office (Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook).

  • Collaborate, with operators, leaders and supervisors.

Hours: 3rd Shift; 5:00 pm – 4:00 am, this role may require rotating shifts, weekends and holidays as required.

Physical demands and Work Environment: 

  • The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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.

Physical demands: 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; climb up and down stairs and ladders; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

Work environment: 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The temperature of the work environment can fluctuate due to occasional temperatures from cold/cool to warm/hot. The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud and will require ear plugs. While working in the manufacturing areas, the incumbent is required to wear personal protective equipment.

Land O'Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) M/F/Vets/Disabled. The company maintains a drug-free workforce, including pre- and post-employment substance abuse testing pursuant to a Drug and Alcohol Policy.

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