QA Lab Tech in Ozark, AR at Butterball

Date Posted: 8/6/2022

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Job Description

Job Summary:

Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical, chemical, and microbiological properties of food products. Conduct standardized tests on food in order to ensure compliance with standards and regulations regarding factors such as color, texture, nutrients, and microbiological content. Perform laboratory preparation activities and analyses to provide useful, accurate technical information to necessary personnel.

Essential Functions, Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Receives, logs, and stores laboratory samples.
  • Prepares standard solutions and reagents for use in microbiological/chemical testing.
  • Maintain stock of lab materials.
  • Perform routine maintenance of lab equipment.
  • Regular verification/calibration of lab equipment, including annual 3rd party certification.
  • Monitor product quality to ensure compliance to standards and specifications.
  • Taste or smell foods in order to ensure that flavors meet specifications.
  • Perform microbiological analyses of food ingredients, raw and finished food samples, and the plant environment using established microbiological methods and procedures.
  • Performs chemical & physical analyses of food ingredients, and finished food samples, using established chemistry methods and procedures.
  • Enter sample and test data into computer databases to ensure products are meeting published customer service standards.
  • Record and compile test results, and prepare graphs, charts, and reports.
  • Conduct QA technician, or other personnel, training in relevant lab procedures.
  • Perform audits or other QA functions on the production floor as needed or directed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Proficiency in use of word processing and spreadsheet software.

  • Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, statistics, and their applications.
  • Use scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Conduct tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Education & Experience: 

  • Two years College or Associate Degree in food microbiology or similar field preferred or combination of education and/or work experience.
  • High School Diploma.
  • Previous experience in food manufacturing preferred.

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