The QA Technician is responsible for conducting food safety and quality assurance procedures to ensure the company, is in compliance with best practices for food safety and quality. The QA Technician reports to the QA Manager.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
This section describes the core responsibilities of this position. Duties may vary dependent on department staffing and fluctuations.
• Responsible for meeting all applicable food regulations (international, national, state, and local)
• Responsible for sampling, testing, and documentation of the procedures, records, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
• Works to maintain the safety, legality and quality of each food and the processes used in their manufacture.
• Responsible for meeting and exceeding customer requirements
• Works to reduce customer/consumer complaints for foods manufactured on site
• Reports food safety and quality issues to their supervisor
• Authorized to hold product based on food safety or quality non-conformance
• Participates in daily food evaluation to identify possible defects
• Participates in physical bakery inspections on a weekly basis on each area (pest control, operational methods, maintenance for food safety, sanitation, personnel practices, etc.)
• Selects food items for analysis at specified stages in the production process for evaluating compliance to specification
• Able to perform pre-operational inspections and report any concerns to their supervisor
• Able to use the following instrumentation/measuring devices o Thermometers
• Responsible for assuring materials are received from approved suppliers and conducts raw material supplier performance monitoring
• Participates in the Environmental Monitoring Programs (i.e. collecting swab samples, using the ATP system)
• Able to print finished food case labels (as appropriate to the bakery or kitchen)
• Ensures appropriate communication of food safety/QA issues with Production Supervisors and QA Technicians at shift change
• Other duties may be assigned and QA Technician is expected to effectively manage and execute changes
Education, Technical Qualifications, Experience and Competencies Proficiency Level
• Effective work ethic and good communications skills
• High School Diploma, some college science courses or experience in the food industry
• Training in HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points)
• Training in a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standard such as BRC or SQF
• Good writing, mathematics, and critical thinking skills
• Experience in computers including spreadsheets
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.
• Regularly required to climb, stand or walk for extended periods of time.
• Use a computer keyboard and monitor more than 25% of total work time.
• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.