Technician, Laboratory

  • Saputo
  • Tulare, CA 93274
  • Jul 06, 2020
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Description

Everything begins with passion, a legacy from the Saputo family, which offered tasty and quality cheeses to its community. Today, after more than 65 years, the company employs thousands of dedicated employees, proud of their role, who work day after day to deliver quality products to customers and consumers.

WHAT YOU WILL DO AT SAPUTO

Responsible for reviewing the accuracy of all paperwork that is generated in the lab; will produce all quality related reports; will provide assistance to all other laboratory technicians and other departments as required to aid in the production of quality products and the monitoring of process controls. Always adheres to all safety, GMP, GHP, and food safety policies and procedures.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Perform any and all analytical testing as needed (i.e. moisture, fat pH, total solids, titratable acidity, salt, starter activity, etc.
  • Perform any and all bacteriological testing as required (i.e. total plate count, yeast and mold, coliform, environmental monitoring, etc.)
  • Perform organoleptic evaluation for cheese products, including melt evaluation, etc.
  • Must be able to set-up, operate, maintain, clean, and calibrate all pieces of laboratory equipment maintained in the laboratory and other departments.
  • Adheres to procedures to ensure accuracy of results
  • Operate automated equipment for testing of milk, whey products, and cheese.
  • Maintain professional manner when associating with Saputo personnel and others outside of the Tulare facility.
  • Must follow all necessary safety precautions.
  • Must be able to operate a personal computer and systems computer to input necessary data (i.e. MS Word, Excel and SAP).
  • Maintain all results and reports in a confidential manner in accordance with the Saputo Cheese USA, Inc. Confidentiality Policy.
  • Responsible for quality related tasks such as environmental swabbing, shelf life evaluation and shelf life rotation.
  • Recognize and notify Q.A. Supervisor or appropriate supervisor of any unusual results or product defects. Perform the necessary rechecks for analytical and microbiological tests.
  • Responsible for communication of results to proper individuals in a timely, confidential and professional manner.
  • Responsible for preparation of all solutions and medias required to perform all laboratory tests.
  • Maintain the inventory of all lab supplies and maintain the work area in a neat and orderly fashion.
  • Aid in training new laboratory personnel.
  • Respect physical demands of job listed in “Physical Demands” section below.

∙    Attendance at work is an essential job duty.  Job requires regular attendance and work to be performed at

      the Tulare-Levin plant site.

  • All other assigned duties

 

WHO IS RIGHT FOR THE ROLE

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Has working knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, and database software (MS Word and Excel); SAPmainframe.

Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45lbs. Employee will be exposed to noise and cold temperatures while inside the plant’s production area.

Reliable and available to work any shift, overtime, and holidays required.

Demonstrates good interpersonal communications skills with a commitment and sensitivity to maintain confidentiality.

Self-motivated and a multi-tasker who can solve analytical problems.

Knowledge/proficiency with laboratory related equipment, test procedures, microbiology preferred.

Must be able to work in physical environment as described in “Work Environment” section below.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Values that align with the Saputo culture: Efficiency through Simplicity, Family Environment, Ownership and Commitment, Hands-On Approach, Passion.

Associates degree in Dairy Science, Food Science or a related field; minimum of 1-3 years of lab experience desired; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Prior experience with SAP, MS Word/Excel, Aseptic sampling, Swabbing, Equipment calibrations, Sensory evaluation of product, Techniques of microbial analysis (plating, swabbing, reading, etc.), Shelf life evaluations and using equipment like FT-1, Ph Meter and Food scan highly desired.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

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. 

Must be able to stoop, kneel, and squat for several minutes at a time

Must be able to stand on feet for at least a two-hour consecutive time period

Must be able to lift up to forty-five (45) pounds

Must be able to enter into confined spaces

Ability to reach with hands and arms, and talk and hear

Employee is required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, handle or feel

  • Employee will be required to go up and down a flight of stairs daily when is required for sample testing, calibration, etc.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perceptions and ability to adjust focus

Experience level of the applicant we want

Some work experience, Graduate