WhiteWave Foods QA Technician in Dallas, Texas
With our pioneering Horizon Organic, Silk, International Delight and Land O'Lakes brands in North America and Alpro and Provamel brands in Europe, WhiteWave Foods has made healthy, alternative food choices mainstream, creating not just new categories, but a new consumer mind set. At heart, we are creators, engaged in the making of a new kind of Food Company. We are unique in possessing both the creativity and the scale not only to meet the world's emerging needs, but to shape them, and help define the future of food.
As we experience growth, and as our portfolio of products grows, we maintain a constant focus on our environmental and social responsibilities. We pursue reductions against waste, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions throughout our operations, focusing on our plants and our company owned farms. We are also champions for food security, lending our support to national hunger relief organizations and those that operate in our local communities.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Responsibilities include monitoring and qualitative/quantitative testing of process and product attributes to ensure food safety and food quality.
Ensure compliance with all applicable regulations such as the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance. Compliance with all applicable standards such as Safe Quality Foods (SQF), Third party audits such as Silliker, Kosher and Organic requirements.
Ensure processes, work in progress, incoming goods, in-process product, finished product meets specifications. Interpretation of testing results to release of product that has met specifications. Process documentation for non-conforming product and communicate information to plant management.
Check butterfat, total solids, pH, acid, flavor odor, cryoscopy, peroxide, shipping, coffee checks, viscosity, temperatures, antibiotics, chloroform, DMC, DMSCC and SPC
Calculate formulas and accelerated shelf life testing
Responsible for microbiological testing/documentation of finished and in-process products; interpret the results and retest/report abnormalities as needed; generate standard report of results
Conduct routine inspection of processing areas including documentation to ensure that all documentation is present and correct and that all areas comply with cGMPs and sanitation requirements
Performs Quality Team Audits, including Good Manufacturing Practices and Housekeeping
Manage the laboratory operations, maintain lab equipment and supplies
Must be able to work with chemicals
Must be able to evaluate physical properties of ingredients and products
Must be able to operate motorized vehicles or equipment
Must be able to work weekends
Must be able to regularly lift and / or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and / or move up to 25 pounds
- Must be able to work in and around loud noise levels, industrial machinery, air-conditioned environments suitable for carrying out controlled tests
PREFERRED CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in a science field or equivalent combination of education and experience is highly desirable. Must have High School diploma at a minimum
Two or more years with previous laboratory with microbiology and chemistry experience required
At least 1 year in a food production environment preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must be accurate and precise in testing procedures and mix formulation calculations and have a keen sense of odors and flavors
Must possess strong oral and written communication skills
Must be able to read, write and interpret documents such as safety rules, procedure manuals and mathematical calculations
Must have the ability to read, comprehend and follow technical instructions, effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients and other employees of the organization
Must have the ability to hear and perceive information at normal spoken word levels
Must be able to speak and understand English fluently
Must have the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals
Must have the ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed and involved written or oral instructions and mathematical calculations
Must have the ability to prioritize and organize
Must have the ability to demonstrate superb decision-making ability to determine best course of action in assessing test results
Must possess basic computer skills; knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet programs required. Knowledge of MS Office and SAP preferred
Knowledgeable with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s), safety programs and procedures
WORKING ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs, balance; stoop, kneel or crouch; talk and hear. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a general office environment where the noise level is usually moderate. Position also includes frequent exposure to plant floor operations where industrial hazards may exist and noise levels are high.
Nothing in this job description restricts WhiteWave Foods rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibility to this job at any time.
The WhiteWave Foods Company provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, pregnancy or any other factor that may be protected by law. This policy extends to all employees and includes all aspects of the employment relationship. WhiteWave Foods is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.