This role is responsible for conducting quality verification protocols to ensure that all finished products meet with Quality and Food Safety Specifications and regulatory requirements including FSMA. Sr. Quality Technician enable conformance to specification through the verification quality control protocols and/or monitoring of sampling and testing plans applied to packaging and product.
This resource also enables the reduction of food safety incidents and non-quality costs by the immediate escalation of any out of conformance condition detected during verification activities. In addition, this role supports the maintenance of quality knowledge and skills required in operation associates for proper execution of quality control protocols and proper data documentation and records keeping.
Sr. Quality Technicians is required to be the functional expert of the Quality and Food Safety aspects of the respective plants. However, operational/ production non-quality related activities are out of the scope of this role. This is a great opportunity for a recent grad with limited experience or an experienced Quality Technician without a degree to learn about food manufacturing and quality in a hands-on position. This is perfect someone who does not want to sit behind a desk.
Responsible for shift-based quality verification or monitoring activities for raw ingredients, packaging and finished product.
Provides quality related information to operators to enable quality control activities.
Escalate to process areas any out of conformance incidents and collaborate in trouble shooting providing all information needed on product quality attributes until process and product are back in control.
Identify and isolate out-of-specification materials, including placing product on hold, initiating non-conformances and escalating to the correct associates. They are expected to collaborate closely with Production to ensure all non-conforming products are captured in house.
Verifies that procedures to complete quality related documentation are properly executed and information in the records is complete.
Sign off all quality check paperwork for all lines in accordance with company and FSMA guidelines.
Provides coaching and training to operators to ensure proper execution of quality control protocols and proper record management control.
Quality Technician will be required to be part of the Food Safety/ HACCP team and Internal Auditors group to support quality and food safety continuous improvement program and CAPA’s execution.
Quality Technician is required to be the functional experts of the Quality and Food Safety aspects of the respective plants.
Represent Quality during Regulatory, 3rd Party and Customer Audits for respective plants.
The tasks include but are not limited to:
Product Quality or Food Safety Incidents - Root cause analysis, corrections, corrective actions and preventive actions
Leading Quality and Food Safety aspects for new equipment, production lines and new product
Quality and Food Safety aspects of change management
Plant walk through self-inspections
Help to monitor corrective actions
Train in environmental monitoring procedures
Quality presence at new process/ production start ups to evaluate food sanitation and food safety concerns
Metal detection testing verification
Monitor Chemstation chemicals
Monitor chemical usage in wash tank
New equipment approval for use
Equipment sanitation validation
Research production issues, complaints and out of specification products to help come up with resolutions
Monitor, maintain records and assist in ensuring that sensitive productions are completed accurately as per described on formulations and sampling.
Communicate and partner with plant management and production workers to increase food safety /quality programs or resolve any on going issues or non-conformances.
All other tasks, duties and responsibilities assigned by the Quality Manager.
An employee in this job must be thorough in maintaining records of their work and willing to communicate any and all relevant information to the QC manager and or Quality Director.
The employee must attend and qualify all required Quality and Food Safety Trainings both inside and outside the Company.
An employee in this job must maintain a valid driver’s license.
Ability to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence, and memos. Ability to write correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to employees of the organization. Must be fluent in oral and written English.
Must be able to use the computer for email communication, must be able to compose a document using Microsoft Word and must be able to navigate around an Excel spreadsheet.
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.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50
Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science or related degree with at least 2 years of manufacturing experience
Candidates without a Bachelor’s degree but having at least 7 years of manufacturing experience in a Quality Role may also apply
Van Drunen Farms is a vertically integrated industry leader in the supply and development of dried and frozen food ingredients. We are the partner of choice for the world’s top food, beverage, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical companies. Located in Momence, Illinois - 55 miles from downtown Chicago.