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Quality Assurance Lab Specialists (1st Shift)

Company: Woodland Foods
Location: Waukegan
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

Summary

The Quality Assurance Lab Specialist is responsible for monitoring products and employee practices on the operation floor and for executing the Woodland Foods Food Safety Plan through processes and procedures in day to day business activities. The QA Lab specialist will operate on a QA/Regulatory team with other QA Specialists with defined responsibilities but should be able to perform other QA departmental tasks as needed. This is an exempt position reporting to the Quality Assurance Supervisor.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Management of Lab Results (internal laboratory testing)
  • Internal incident investigation
  • Management of product sampling necessary for Certificate of Analysis creation
  • Customer Complaint Management Investigation, in assistance to complaint team
  • Management of Non-Conformant products (including destructions)
  • Management of Non-Conformant product reporting
  • Release products which are on hold when approval is received
  • Conduct quality and food safety audits, individually or as part of a team
  • Take part in cross functional teams to assure effective implementation of food safety and quality initiatives and other processes, as necessary--CAPA
  • Perform clean equipment/ATP swabbing on equipment after sanitation
  • Perform environmental swabbing and other related sampling (water, air), during manufacturing
  • Ensure allergen compliance on production lines
  • Perform QA in-process inspections for each department/line, per procedure, by checking the following: production paperwork, retain sample, code date/lot number/best by date, weight check documentation, metal detection documentation, label, color code, department cleanliness, employee GMP practice and checking for any potential allergen cross-contamination

    Secondary Responsibilities
    • Responsible for the sharing of audit best practices and deficiencies across the company to improve performance and scores
    • Clearly and concisely capture audit findings to provide recipients with a report of actionable items.
    • Generate maintenance work requests linked to Quality/Food Safety
    • Create, maintain and file QA documents
    • Conduct any other functions as required by the QA department

      Knowledge And Skill Requirements
      • BS in Food Science, Biology or Chemistry or related field required
      • Minimum of 1 to 3 years industry experience preferred
      • Troubleshooting, data analysis, and investigative skills required
      • Must have strong computer skills and be familiar with MicroSoft Office Word and Excel (heavy computer usage in QA Lab Specialist role)
      • Incumbent must be able to work under direct or indirect supervision
      • Knowledge of food safety, food manufacturing processes, technologies or other relevant area of responsibility preferred
      • Sound report writing, with good interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
      • Good organization and time management skills
      • Attention to detail
      • Knowledge of government regulatory requirements in food (GFSI, FSMA, FDA, USDA) a plus
      • Knowledge of BRC, GMP's, Sanitation, Pest Control, Food Safety and HACCP systems, Training, Allergens, Operations, Personnel Practices and applicable programs/regulations a plus
      • Bilingual Spanish/English helpful

        Travel Requirements
        • Minimal to none

          Physical Requirements
          • Ability to sit, walk and/or stand for up to 8 (or more, possibly) hours a day
          • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. as needed for product inspections.

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Keywords: Woodland Foods, Waukegan , Quality Assurance Lab Specialists (1st Shift), Healthcare , Waukegan, Illinois

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