Quality Technician in Kenosha, WI at TreeHouse Foods

Date Posted: 8/1/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Employee Type:

Full time

Location:

WI Kenosha

Job Type:

Quality Assurance

Job Posting Title:

Quality Technician

Job Description:

SUMMARY

Performs the day-to-day monitoring, testing and documentation to assure that all processes and practices comply with SQF standards for Food Safety and Quality, as well as other federal regulations and directives in food production.  Gathers sampling of product and performs quality testing of production environment and equipment. Conducts quality audits of facility assuring company standards are maintained and product integrity is preserved. Performs record reviews.  Assists with special projects.  A focus on standards, regulations and practices related to food safety and food quality and environmental safety is priority.  All procedures and practices used are grounded in standards, regulations and laws addressing occupational safety (OSHA), building and electrical codes, and food safety and food quality (FDA) in addition to environmental safety (EPA) in accordance with Safe Quality Food (SQF) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assure that quality assurance standards and documents are communicated and enforced by conducting daily inspections
  • Performs environmental swabbing of production equipment and environment with analysis of results
  • Prepares written documents describing analysis techniques and test results; writes SOP’s and other quality documents and reports
  • Communicate with all levels of the organization in review of test results, including written and verbal forms
  • Enters quality-related work orders into SAP and Sample Manager
  • Gather special samples for additional incubation and defects audits as directed
  • Provide support for sample gathering and data recording for plant trials, 1100’s and research efforts
  • Perform audits to verify compliance with established SOP documentation, GMP’s, HACCP and Safe Quality Food (SQF) efforts
  • Assists with the coordination, performance, and documentation remediation of product on hold
  • Reviews regulatory documentation for product release (i.e. record review)
  • Maintains inventory of materials related to microbiological testing and coordinates shipments of samples
  • Participates and leads process improvement projects
  • Coordinates and participates in quality inspection pallet tear-down
  • Participates and leads quality meetings and training
  • Supports the assessment and management of Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP)
  • Assists RQI/quality specialist with the compilation of nutritional or customer required sampling
  • Assists with the implementation of quality initiatives
  • Determines SAP usage decisions on all ingredients and film
  • Monitors and reviews SPC data and reports
  • Updates sampling plans
  • Maintains product specifications documentation for production
  • Monitor the HACCP Program and processes, reflecting a focus on continuous improvement

With the customer complaint process and the product complaint process, including investigation, analysis, follow up, documentation, trending, and routine internal reporting to leadership

  • Communicate routinely with Quality/Sanitation Team Leader and plant leadership, identifying opportunities for improvement, training and quality assurance program goals or barriers
  • Exudes a high degree of inter-personal skills and has the ability to work well with everyone
  • Follows and enforces standards for food safety and food quality production reflected in SQF as well as the regulations of major vendors and governmental agencies such as OSHA, FDA and EPA and assures associates are consistently trained in these standards and comply with all requirements
  • Performs special assignments as directed
  • All other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Associate’s Degree in Food Science, Quality Assurance, Business or a related field or equivalent work experience
  • Three years of progressive work experience in the food manufacturing industry, preferably in the quality assurance function
  • Requires an in-depth working knowledge of food safety and food quality standards, regulations, and laws governing the food production industry such as SQF and environmental safety regulations along with a commitment to continuous improvement
  • Requires problem solving skills with an emphasis on detail orientation
  • Requires basic mathematical skills to be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and count
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Competency in English language (read, write, speak); excellent written, oral, and listening skills.
  • Knowledge of regulations of major vendors and governmental agencies such as FDA, OSHA, and EPA
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk, taste, and smell.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, and feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, and crouch.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and color vision.  The physical demands 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.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts.  The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; and extreme heat.  The noise level is representative of a production environment.  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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This job description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills efforts, or working conditions associated with the job; it is intended to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development, and compensation.  The incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.

Disability Assistance
TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to disability-accommodations@treehousefoods.com. In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Considerations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

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