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2nd shift Lab Technician

Date: Jan 8, 2022

Location: Manchester, TN, US, 37355

Company: Great Lakes Cheese

Job Overview

The Lab Technician monitors, daily, raw material and finished products. 

In addition, the Technician will perform microbiological testing and maintain shelf-life program.       

Job Responsibilities

• Record keeping and testing: 
  o Prepare 2 finger plates for testing employees hands for coliforms. 
  o Take freezer temperature and record in calibration book. 
  o Record incubator temps from incubator #1 and #2 in lab. 
  o Record room temperatures from 16 various locations throughout the plant. 
  o Enter data into deficiency data bank and send daily report out to suppliers and GLC personnel.  
• Receive incoming cheese samples for administrative personnel and store them. 
• Calibrate headspace analyzer and record results. 
• Take pictures of defective cheese, line issues, damaged incoming freight, and plant issues for quality review.  
• Co-ordinate defective cheese returns with GLC cheese procurement and dispersal. 
• Assist with store and order samples, stock ice bricks and foam inserts; as well as handle shipping of product for sales. 
• Do quality checks on packages from various lines. 
• Conduct environmental swabbing of approximately 50 locations within the plant. 
  o Prepare documents from Silliker Labs for testing of environmental swabs, pack shipper and send UPS or FEDX.  
  o Plate coliform and yeast and mold for environmental and pre-op swabbing plug cheese.  
• Complete waste inspection reports on garbage dumpster area. 
• Calibrate 2 probe thermometers against a registered thermometer. 
• Test air samples in 18 locations within the plant. 
• Obtain samples in the McDonald’s products for evaluation, measure, taste, collect data and report. 
• Test for Salmonella in 10 locations within the plant, once a month, prepare document to silliker and send. 
• Conduct comparative cheese testing. 
• Calibrate electronic pipettor and record results. 
• Maintain natamycin bottles and vials for customers’ cheese. 
• Test fines in shreds and product for draw. 
• Handle the dispersion of test spheres to machine operators and order new ones through maintenance. 
• Receive certificates of analysis for new business sample requests.  
• Organize cheese cutting in the lab.  
• Review all production paperwork and maintain all positive release documents. 
• All GLC employees are expected to perform any assignment or job task according to the stated safety policies and procedures. 
• All GLC employees are expected to produce and promote our products and services in a manner that exceeds the quality and value expectation of our customers and consumers by adhering to Good Manufacturing Practices, Policies and Procedures outlined in our Safe Quality Food Program. 
• Other responsibilities as assigned by the manager.

Required Education and Experience

• Associate’s degree in business or a technical field and/or 4 years of lab experience or more. 
• In depth understanding of chemical and physical processes relating to cheese and packaging quality.   
• Ability to make decisions based on standard practices.   
• Ability to handle multiple tasks, troubleshoot and problem solve.   
• SAP experience. 
• Proficient in Microsoft Office.

Preferred Education and Experience

• Bachelor’s degree in quality or food science or related field. 

Working Conditions

• Ability to constantly stand/walk; bend/flex/extend neck; frequently grip/reach/lift/pull with L/R hands.
• Ability to frequently handle material from floor-to-waist, waist-to-shoulder and pushing/pulling/carrying.
• Hair nets, ear plugs/muffs, hardhats, and/or safety glasses may be required.
• Repetitive work in a fast-paced production environment with average temperature of 50-60 degrees F.
• Work is performed in a lab setting.
• Occasional exposure to industrial operations including: temperature extremes from approximately 35ºF to 100ºF; noise levels in excess of 85 dB; moisture and moving machinery.

EEOC & Disclaimer

Great Lakes Cheese is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer

Nearest Major Market: Chattanooga