Lab Technician in Cass City MI

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Dairy Farmers of America
Lab Technician
Job ID: 
Cass City MI
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Job Types:
QA/Lab Technologist

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Laboratory Responsibilities:

  • Maintain laboratory and associated areas in an orderly and clean manner in accordance to 5S methodology, which is to create a clean orderly environment where there is a place for everything and everything is in its place
  • Perform sampling of raw milk, in-process, or finished products for analyses
  • Perform chemical, physical, and microbiological testing of in-process and finished products
  • Complete lab analytical testing records and monitor records for compliance / trending
  • Report non-compliant laboratory analytical testing results to the QA Manager (Plant Manager)
  • Maintain laboratory records in a timely, accurate, and legible manner following laboratory best practices
  • Calibrate and maintain laboratory instrumentation per vendor recommendations and/or laboratory best practices
  • Perform preventive maintenance, function verification, and quality control tasks
  • Wash lab utensils and glassware
  • Receive, stock, and inventory lab supplies and reagents
  • Prepare and stock reagents and media
  • Prepare labeling of testing analysis samples to testing laboratories
  • Perform inventory control management (Micro Supplies, Chemical Supplies for receiving lab and Upstairs Lab)
  • Maintain and verify accuracy of documents (i.e., Documentation Control -- Record Retention- Sample Retention)

  • Maintain safe working conditions for employees and compliance with all state and federal regulations regarding health and safety issues
  • Dedicate effort to safety as we expect every employee to leave work in the same condition as they arrived
  • Exhibit the values and ethics of Dairy Farmers of America through honesty, discretion, and sound judgement
  • Adhere to all DFA Quality, Safety, and GMP policies and procedures and report any nonconformity
  • Attend required training, including but not limited to, Safety, GMP, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), and Safe Quality Foods (SQF)

  • Follow all Dairy Farmers of America GMP&##39;s and work in a manner consistent with all corporate and regulatory quality and sanitation requirements

  • The requirements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employee, but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties and skills required.
  • Other duties may be assigned as required.

Quality Program Responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with the FDA Good Manufacturing Practices and Pasteurized Milk Ordinance requirements for plant and laboratory operation
  • Follow all DFA GMP&##39;s in a manner consistent with all corporate regulatory, food safety, quality and sanitation requirements
  • Aseptically complete weekly environmental surveillance sampling for salmonella and listeria per Corporate QA & C program. Submit samples to Chestnut Labs for analysis. Manage documentation for program. Communicate weekly with Quality Manager
  • Complete weekly food contact sampling via Redi-swabs and ATP. Submit Redi-swab samples to Goshen for analysis. Manage documentation for program. Communicate weekly with Quality Manager
  • Complete monthly air monitoring sampling and manage documentation for program. Request air plates from Goshen QC Lab on a monthly basis. Communicate monthly with Quality Manager
  • Organize and perform data entry of PEM program COA&##39;s, Finished goods -- powder results of COA&##39;s micro results and other records as requested on SAP system

  • Support Quality Plan Requirements and HACCP Program; assist in the monitoring of CQP&##39;s in facility. Report to QA Manager
  • Demonstrate sound judgment in safeguarding customer, company, and vendor and employee information
  • Be responsible for the attainment of plant goals and objectives
  • Maintain a cooperative working relationship with customers, vendors, employees and peers

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