Purpose & Scope:
Reporting to the QA Supervisor, the Quality Assurance Technician is responsible for conducting all product testing, food safety audits, equipment testing to ensure compliance with HACCP and USDA requirements and any other associated testing and process validation connected with food quality and/or safety. The incumbent possesses post-secondary education in a science related field and has exposure to meat/food processing industry. He/she is responsible to ensure food quality, and safety in accordance with CFIA regulations and good manufacturing practices. The Q. A. technician will present a professional and respectful attitude when dealing with both internal and external contacts and will work towards facilitating a team atmosphere within the service center.
Under the guidance of the QA Supervisor, the QA Technician will be familiar with all JBS product specifications and standard requirements for manufacturing our products
Monitors production staff’s adherence in meeting product specification
Works directly with production staff on testing protocols and requirements to meet and exceed USDA food quality and safety requirements.
Ensures production management is aware of any possible deviations from or violations of USDA regulations or HACCP requirements
Assist in the testing and evaluation of new equipment and process instructions to effectively meet product specifications
conducts quality audits and product quality checks. As directed, conducts mock and real time product recalls to test food safety and quality processes.
Maintains lab equipment, including ensuring proper cleaning and regular maintenance
Prepares reports as necessary to record findings and recommendations from testing
Additional duties as assigned
Incumbents will have a 2 to 4 year college or university Degree or diploma in an appropriate scientific discipline or equivalent experience, preferably supplemented by 2 – 4 years of related experience within the food processing sector. Experience with meat processing equipment and product specifications will be beneficial
Proficiency with Microsoft software applications is required, as are excellent communication skills, both written and oral
An ability to utilize standard statistical methodology and good analytical capabilities are essential for success in this position
Must develop an understanding of proper handling of hazardous materials
Understanding and ability to modify HACCP processes and procedures as they relate to food processing requirements.
USDA requirements for Food safety and quality
Safety and Health Orientation
Lockout Training Requirements:
General Lockout Procedure training