Quality Lab Technician
Location of Job - Waterbury VT
PM shift: 7:00 pm- 7:00 am
2/2/3 shift pattern
Pay Rate $22.71 – with an additional $0.50 shift adjustment and $2.23 shift differential for the 12 PM shift assignments - Weekly Pay Periods
These are direct hires, full time positions with a full benefits package (*Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Stock Purchase, Tuition/Fitness Reimbursement, Paid Leaves, Qrtly Bonus payouts, etc.)
Benefits are effective the first day of hire (where applicable)
FREE pints of ice cream daily / Vermont Attractions Discounts / Patagonia & PrAna Partnership discounts
Uniforms and PPE provided by the company
Career Advancement Opportunities
Background & Purpose of the Job
Ben & Jerry’s produces super premium ice cream known for its high quality and unique add-ins ranging from large chunks of bakery items, chocolate, nuts, sauces and candy pieces, all with their own quirky memorable names. We make the best possible ice cream in the nicest way possible and deliver a taste bud-boggling odyssey great enough to take you all the way to the state of euphoria.
The Quality Lab Technician focuses on incoming raw material, in-process and finished product.
Who You Are & What You’ll Do
As the Quality Assurance Technician, you will focus on incoming raw materials, in-process and finished product.
Perform Microbiological testing on ingredients and finished product
Perform Analytical testing on ingredients and finished product (Fat, Solids, TA, pH, etc.…)
Perform product cut ups and other organoleptic evaluations of Finished Product
Perform various quality checks to include: Pint Weights, Code Verifications, Product Volumes, Line Verifications (metal detector checks, tamper band checks, etc.…)
Sample incoming trucks of cream, condensed milk, liquid sugar and eggs
Take ingredient samples from drums, totes, etc.… for analytical and microbiological testing
Clean and maintain QA Laboratories and related equipment
Perform environmental testing to include: ATP swabs, Micro Swabs and allergen swabs
Perform random QA audits and seek resolution to deficiencies
Prepare media and dilutions for micro testing
Enter data from lab testing into the computer
Actively participate and support Quality Improvement project teams
Initiate and participate in quality investigations
Exposure to work on the manufacturing floor including mechanical operations and cleaning solutions.
Will work around ammonia
Contribute to other routine tasks as needed
In addition, there will be exposure to allergens such as dairy, eggs, tree nuts, coconut, peanuts, wheat (gluten), soybean and cinnamon.
What You’ll Need to Succeed
High school diploma or GED (required)
Bachelor's degree or relevant experience in lieu of degree (preferred)
Basic knowledge of Laboratory techniques to perform lab tests and use equipment in daily operations.
Basic knowledge of GMPs to instruct others in their utilization and adherence is required.
Some work experience in manufacturing and/or Quality Assurance is strongly preferred including basic knowledge of the manufacturing process sufficient to identify the best location to draw test samples, consider the interrelationship of each step in the process when investigating quality concerns.
Basic computer skills to be used in the transaction of hold/release activities, data entry and other activities as needed.
Basic knowledge of food safety to participate in the identification and monitoring of critical control points is required.
Must have the ability to contribute to developing solutions for a wide range of difficult problems.
Ability to make routine decisions through fact finding and selection is required.
Must be able to determine work priorities and procedures.
Employment is subject to verification of pre-employment drug-screening results and background investigation.
*Any coverages for health insurance and retirement benefits will be in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans and associated governing plan documents.
Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters
Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.
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