Lab Technician/Milk Receiver
Dean Foods

New York, New York

General Purpose:

Support the quality program activities, perform laboratory analyses with documentation, and manage laboratory areas and equipment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Laboratory Responsibilities:

- Maintain laboratory and associated areas in an orderly and clean manner.

- 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.

- Performing 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.

- Inventory Control Management ( Micro Supplies, Chemical Supplies for receiving lab and Upstairs Lab)

- Documentation Control

-- Record Retention- Sample Retention

- Perform other duties as assigned.

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'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 management.

- 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's, Finished goods -- powder results of COA's micro results and other records as requested on SAP system.

- Support Quality Plan Requirements, and HACCP Program, assist in the monitoring of CQP's in facility. Report to QA Manager.

- Demonstrate sound judgment in safeguarding customer, company, and vendor and employee information.

- Responsible for the attainment of plant goals and objectives.

- Maintain a cooperative working relationship with customers, vendors, employees and peers.

- Perform other duties as assigned.

Milk Receiver Responsibilities:

- Unload tankers.

- CIP tankers, load out and receiving lines, separators and silos.

- Load out tankers.

- Follow and promote all plant and regulatory policies and procedures.

- Ensure all GMP, HACCP, safety and all plant, documentation and regulatory policies and procedures are complied with in the receiving area.

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience

§ High School Diploma or equivalent

§ Experience working in a production or quality assurance environment preferred

§ Experience in a team leadership role or demonstrated leadership attributes preferred

§ Certification and/or License - N/A

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

§ Able to promote a team environment

§ Able to interact positively and work effectively with others (interpersonal skills)

§ Able to interpret and apply company policies

§ Able to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing

§ Able to handle challenging or conflict situations with tact and professionalism

§ Able to identify problems, take appropriate steps to find solutions to problems, and implement recommended solutions

§ Must be able to read, write, and speak English

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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