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QA Tech - Process Lab

Company: Michael Foods Inc.
Location: Wakefield
Posted on: March 13, 2023

Job Description:

Business Unit Description: Michael Foods, Inc. is a leader in the food processing and distribution industry with business in egg products, refrigerated grocery and potato products. We offer exciting job possibilities throughout our organization where you can enhance your career, sharpen your talents and make an impact. Join our company and be part of an innovative team that's First in Food. Location Description: Wakefield is one of the largest production facilities within Michael Foods. We serve as a flex plant and are able to produce everything from a whole pasteurized egg to liquid, dried, hardboiled and curds. Responsibilities: POSITION SUMMARY: The purpose of this position is to ensure proper specifications are met and documented on all incoming ingredients and packaging materials and outgoing finished products. The technicians also communicate all findings to the necessary departments. All of Michael Foods, the customers and the public will benefit from the work done by technicians who ensure safe, compliant quality products. This position has the responsibility to comply with Safety work rules at all times as well as an obligation to reinforce Safety as a Core Value. Ensures that all policies, procedures and activities, related to Food Safety & Quality, are followed and complied with uniformly, in an effort to reduce product and process variability. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collects dried samples according to customer requirements.
  • Collects incoming ingredient samples according to Michael Foods, Inc. requirements.
  • Collects return product samples according to Michael Foods, Inc. requirements.
  • Responsible for independently carrying and lifting to 55-pound sample cases repeatedly.
  • Communicates and coordinates with Production and Receiving to keep sampling up to date and accurate.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as needed or assigned.
  • Adheres to safe work practices, following GMP's, maintaining sanitary conditions and ensuring that product quality is maintained. Reports to management if any conditions or practices may adversely affect food safety, food quality or personnel safety.
  • Responsible for following their shift's checklist for the area, sanitation, and dryers.
  • Accountable for filling out Batch records that correspond to each dryer and dryer rounds on Finished Product Analysis paperwork found in Lower Lab.
  • Responsible for verifying the dryer sanitation packets.
  • Takes dryer composite bags and retention boxes to designated areas when a label/vat switch or shutdown occurs.
  • Sets powders and weights on all dryers on specific days.
  • Accountable for applying sodium tartrate when needed.
  • Responsible for weekly environmental swabs and air plates.
  • Every other week performs standard solution procedures on CEM.
  • Ensures employees are following proper safety policies/procedures.
  • Calculates how many Canner totes will be made for the day and what totes will need to be sampled.
  • Verifies the PSE scale weight being used.
  • Takes and writes down the sink, refrigerator, egg, tote and tank temperatures on the production paperwork.
  • Once a week, required PSE swabs are to be done
  • One flat of eggs from inshell will need to be pulled for each load and taken to cooler 8 retention rack
  • Checks door foamers to make sure they are within spec.
  • Will need to perform separate CCPs on metal detectors for Multivac machines, Brine, and Dicer if they are running.
  • For MV machines, O2 AND CO2 in packages will need to be tested for all packages per cycle.
  • Acid bath titration needs to be checked for only the Multivac machines.
  • Communicates with supervisor/lead if anything abnormal is found.
  • Brine solution will need to be tested with a ph. meter by the dicer fridge.
  • Dicer ozone water will need to be tested.
  • Brings the Hardcooked shelf life to micro daily in a timely manner.
  • Stores library samples found in the chemistry room.
  • Checks in ingredients and samples them when needed.
  • Works with micro, process/chemistry lab, and QA supervisors to get products sampled in a timely manner.
  • Able to make labels for dried yellow and white samples.
  • Adheres to Quality work practices, follows GMP's, maintains sanitary conditions and ensures that product quality is maintained. Reports to management any conditions or practices that may adversely affect food safety and quality. Qualifications: EDUCATION AND EXPEREINCE REQUIRED:
    • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) or equivalent. PREFERRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:
      • Must have or must be able to obtain a forklift and pallet mover operator's license.
      • Must be safety minded and have knowledge of all safety procedures and follow's all G.M. P's
      • Must have basic computer skills.
      • Good oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently, prioritize duties and display responsible behavior at work.
      • Capable of adding and subtracting two-digit numbers and multiplying and dividing with 10's and 100's. Able to perform these operations using units of weight, measurement, and volume. Capability of interpreting a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram or schedule form.
      • Must demonstrate open and honest communication between the operator and the supervisor.
      • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively with others to complete work assignments.
      • Positive interpersonal relationships.
      • Open to change.
      • An equivalent combination of education and experience enough to successfully perform the essential duties of the job as listed above.
      • Knowledge of food safety and HACCP principles that is critical to food products microbiology and chemistry testing.
      • Excellent communication and interpersonal relations with co-workers, supervisors, etc. enough to exchange or convey information and to problem solve.
      • Microsoft Word and Excel experience required.
      • Ability to recognize problem situations and take appropriate steps to resolve.
      • Available to work weekends, holidays and overtime as needed.
      • Good organizational skills.
      • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively with others to complete work assignments.
      • Open to change.
      • Self-motivated while also willing to ask questions and seek direction.
      • Displays responsible behavior at work. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
        • Able to lift 55-pound boxes above the shoulders.

Keywords: Michael Foods Inc., Sioux City , QA Tech - Process Lab, Healthcare , Wakefield, Iowa

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