Quality Assurance Technician

Diamond V Mills Inc

Cedar Rapids, IA Scientific

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience.  We have 155,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.

The Quality Assurance (QA) Technician is responsible for ensuring Diamond V products adhere to Quality Assurance and Regulatory guidelines. The Technician routinely analyzes samples from throughout the manufacturing process. The QA Technician will assist in identifying corrective actions and will follow-up by monitoring new results. The QA Technician also works on special projects to support optimization of the manufacturing process and helps to ensure quality is not affected by the changes.

Principal Accountabilities:
Include but are not limited to the following. Other duties will be assigned as needed.
  30% - Collects raw material, in process and finished product samples and performs designated analysis to confirm that quality and safety specifications are met.
  20% - Monitors Bioreactor samples for specified parameters and informs designated plant employees regarding adjustments to be made in the yeast growth process as a result of quality assurance tests performed.
  10% - Utilizes technology to input, retrieve, analyze and generate reports on test and quality assurance data.
  10% - Ensures applicable COAs are sent to customer service in a timely fashion.
  10% - Provides clear and concise emails to the QA team, including a shift summary.
  5% - Regularly communicates with Foremen, Operators and Millhands concerning production schedules, sample collection, sample results, finished product disposition and any other items necessary to ensure product quality and compliance.
  5% - Performs equipment clean out inspections, and internal audits as assigned.
  5% - Performs routine laboratory maintenance, equipment calibration and cleaning duties.
  5% - Helps to maintain a clean, safe work environment.
  Evening, weekend and holiday work will be required.  Position will be required to provide PTO coverage for other QA Technicians.  

Internal Applicants: Please inform your supervisor before applying to this position
If selected for an interview you will be required to submit your past two performance reviews



Required Qualifications:
  • Science related degree or 5+ years of relevant experience.
 • Strong computer skills including Excel.
 • Duties include light physical effort, which involves exerting up to 30 pounds of force occasionally, 10 pounds of force frequently and a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  
 • Evening, weekend and holiday work will be required.  Position will be required to provide PTO coverage for other QA Technicians.  
 • Knowledge of proper safety guidelines and procedures.  
 • Position works with chemicals that, if handled improperly, may be a health hazard.  
 • Position works in an environment with noise and dust.
 • Most of the work completed during a shift is on the laboratory bench.  

   Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or Food Science or Quality Assurance or Chemistry or Microbiology or Biochemistry
 • Uses the following lab equipment daily:
 LECO, Stereoscope, HPLC, Multisizer/Z1 Coulter, Spectrophotometer, Compound
 Microscope, FTNIR, Computrac Moisture Analyzer, Sieve Shaker, Steam Autoclave,                
 Refractometer, Analytical Balance
 • Ability to minimum travel.
 • Experience in chemistry, biology, microbiology, food science, or biochemistry
 • Knowledge of operating procedures for a wide variety of standard and specialized research equipment, such as HPLC, Leco, etc. and the ability to troubleshoot and make minor repairs as needed

   Abilities/ Success Factors:
  • Skill in performing accurate analytical procedures.
 • Ability to work effectively in a team environment including frequent interactions with QA staff, production, customer service, and others.
 • Ability to work independently, set priorities and organize work effectively.  Must be a self-starter.
 • Ability to analyze problems, propose reasonable solutions, make logical decisions, carry out decisions made and follow up when appropriate.
 • Must maintain the integrity of highly confidential business information.                                      
 • Duties require close vision, distance vision, depth perception, color vision and peripheral vision.
 • Fine finger and hand movement is required for picking, pinching, filing, grasping, reaching and feeling.  
 • Talking, hearing, reading, writing, and bending/stooping are regularly required.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet. 

Job ID: 67976

Posted 6 days ago

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