Pinnacle Foods

  • QA Lab Technician

    Location US-MD-Hagerstown
    Job ID
    2017-5686
    Category
    Manufacturing
  • Overview

    At Pinnacle Foods we are at the top of our game and the key to our success is clear. Everything we do is driven by our purpose: unleashing brand potential, dynamically evolving and improving our already beloved products to bring more convenience, taste, nutrition, and joy to today's consumers.

     

    The results? Our well-recognized products are found in 85% of American households and are leaders in their respective categories, holding the #1 or #2 market share position in 10 of the 14 categories in which we compete — and we're just getting started. We are committed to adding value through strategic growth that synergizes our portfolio of "Leadership" and "Foundation" brands and plays to our strengths in R&D, consumer insights, and senior management experience.

     

    The QA Lab Tech will report directly to the QA Supervisor. This position will require on the job training for various chemistry and quality evaluations that are done to ensure all finished products meet PFG specifications. The QA Lab Tech will become trained to each product’s specification and will conduct required inspections of the product throughout the manufacturing process both in the lab and on the production floor. Decisions will need to be made if an inspection does not meet outlined specifications, with communication to the QA Supervisor or Manager required for further direction. Proper documentation of all activities must be maintained for traceability purposes. Communication is required between cross functional groups and working professionalism is required at all times. The QA Lab Tech must understand the resources available (included in training) and must call on such resources when faced with a food safety or quality issue.

    Responsibilities

     

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Essential duties and responsibilities include the following; other duties may be assigned.

    • Must be able to work flexible shifts; overtime and weekends may be necessary, to provide support to the plant operations during lab tech absenteeism and/or vacation coverage
    • Must be able to continuously walk, stand, bend, lift up to approximately 40 pounds, climb, twist, stack
    • Must have basic computer skills (to include typing, Excel, Word and use of e-mail)
    • Must work well in team settings and work with various different departments (operations, maintenance, corporate departments, outside vendors)
    • Must be a good communicator
    • Must have basic math skills and be comfortable using a scale, ruler, calculator, lab equipment (with training)
    • Must be able to follow basic direction and able to formulate decisions based on company specifications. Must be comfortable identifying differences based off given specifications and notifying management when such differences are found
    • Must have legible handwriting, be able to keep documentation organized and work conscientiously with high attention to detail; some filing necessary
    • Responsibilities may include the use of titrators, refractometer, moisture analyzer, texture analyzer, chroma-meter, microbiological swabs and sampling tools
    • Plant contains two allergen and several sensitizing agents which this position will be subject to. Sensitizers include but are not limited to: Sulfites. Allergens include but are not limited to: Wheat, Soy, Barely (Canadian regulations), Sulfites (Canadian Regulations).

    Qualifications

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.  The individual must be available to work 7 days per week during peak production seasons.

     

    SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

    • Basic math skills including algebra
    • Good communication skills both verbal and written
    • Able to speak and write in Spanish, a plus
    • Food manufacturing experience preferred

    EDUCATION:

    • High School Diploma or equivalent required.

      

    Pinnacle Foods is an Affirmative Action/EEO Employer – qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to protected veteran or disability status, race/color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other legally protected basis.

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