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Quality Assurance Technician Full-time

at Straus Family Creamery California in California (Published at 30-07-2022)

Quality is an intricate part of Straus Family Creamery?s mission. The Quality Assurance Technician is responsible for safeguarding all product quality and safety while ensuring adherence to Company and regulatory standards. The QAT ensures that the production and distribution of products always meets or exceeds all quality standards and that all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are consistently followed.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Quality
  • Providing bacterial, yeast, and mold testing, plating and other actions to collect, test, measure, record and communicate quality and sanitation data to the QA manager
  • Keeping files and samples for all tests and providing samples to external organizations
  • Tracks results and products for possible holds on shipments
  • Monitors and tests cleanup crew results, provides feedback to management for corrective action
  • Tests and reviews environmental quality, as well as facility for bacteria and yeast and molds contamination problems, equipment contamination problems, and process contamination issues
  • Provides for all required documentation and records for all areas of the QA department testing program
  • Ensures that chemical supplies for Quality testing and plating are properly used and inventoried to guarantee availability
  • Provide regular daily, weekly, and monthly reports on product quality testing that are reliable and results oriented
  • Communicate quality metric and inspection results to appropriate parties
  • Assist with all local, state, customer/third party, and federal audits, dairy partner inspections, organic and kosher/certifications inspections, and non-GMO verification
  • Ensure product loss is minimized
  • Ensure areas of responsibility are kept neat and clean, communicating any safety hazard immediately to a member of management
  • Comply with all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and any/all established processes , whether established by manager, by the company or by law as well as assist with the communication, training, and enforcement of these
  • Work in a safe manner and comply with all health, safety, security and emergency requirements that are communicated, whether established by manager, by the company or by law
  • Communicate any safety hazard to a member of management
  • Comply with all Company policies communicated through your Employee Manual, trainings, notice boards or other postings, or by a member of management
  • Participate in weekly team meetings, biweekly huddles, safety meetings and other Company meetings as requested
  • Ensure work is produced in the most sustainable manner
  • Maintain excellent attendance and work ethic
  • Scheduling flexibility to work different shifts when required and to work after-hours, weekends, and on-call to support operation of a 24/7 facility and to monitor and test sanitation or quality parameters when non-compliance occurs
  • Other duties as required


Above description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work to be performed and not construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the position.


Straus is an equal opportunity employer. We strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.


You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Straus Family Creamery, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.


Vaccine Mandate

Employees working in this position will be required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. An applicant is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson?s Janssen vaccine. Applicants will be required to show proof of vaccination status upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment. That offer of employment will be conditioned upon, among other things, an Applicant?s ability to show proof of vaccination status. Please note the Company provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable state, federal and local laws.

Physical Requirements::

  • Working in a manufacturing/warehouse environment.
  • Extended periods of standing, sitting, walking, climbing, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, and
stooping, turning the head and torso, reaching, grasping, bending and flexing the arms, legs, wrists,
hands, and fingers. ? Repetitive at times.
  • Full organoleptic (sight, smell, taste) as well as audio and vocal senses are necessary to evaluate and
make sound decisions on product quality and production processes
  • The ability to climb and balance is essential
  • Ability to withstand temperatures ranging from -20° to 115° Fahrenheit
  • Working in cold, wet, humid environments
  • Ability to work in high allergen environments
  • Ability to withstand noise produced by manufacturing and warehouse machinery up to 90 decibels
  • Ability to lift, hold and/or carry 55 pounds, unassisted
  • Ability to work on a computer and look at a computer screen for extended periods of time

Knowledge and Skills and Abilities::

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both written and verbally, with cross-functional team members, management, dairy partners, inspectors and auditors, vendors, and certifying agencies (organic, kosher, NON-GMO Project) and other team members
  • Comprehension of basic business math calculations
  • Ability to measure and convert measurements in volume and weight
  • Ability to communicate orally and verbally in basic Spanish, preferred but not required
  • Must be proficient computer literate with Microsoft Office, Excel, and accounting/inventory control programs
  • Must possess an aptitude for smart technology, particularly iPhone/iPad, as well as willingness to expand technical knowledge in these areas
  • Must possess strong, positive interpersonal skills and be able to build relationships, at all levels
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems related with your area of responsibility
  • Ability to work calmly under pressure and use sound judgment to make Quality decisions
  • Ability to perform with a high level of professionalism in a dynamic and diverse environment
  • Must be self-motivated
  • Willingness to help in urgent situations and participate in company, team and community building events

Education and Experience::

  • BA in Food or Dairy Science, preferred
  • Technical experience in managing quality assurance programs and processes, preferred
  • Must have a valid California Driver's license and clean driving record
  • Occasional travel required to dairy farm inspections and/or other off-site locations

About Straus Family Creamery

Founded in 1994, Straus Family Creamery, is a mission-driven, family-owned-and-operated business dedicated to making premium organic dairy products from certified organic milk supplied by family farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties, including the Straus Dairy Farm, which is the first certified organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi River. Straus Family Creamery is the first 100 percent certified organic creamery in the United States. The company makes business decisions based on its mission to help sustain family farms, revitalize rural communities, and protect the environment. The offices and warehouse are in Petaluma, and the manufacturing facility is in Rohnert Park.

Job types: Full-time

Education: No education required

Work location: On-site



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