Lab Technician

Cloverland Farms Dairy in Baltimore, Maryland is in search of a Lab Technician to be a part of our team.  This candidate will be part of a High Performance team that largely manages its own work (self-directed). Teams are responsible for keeping production flowing, meeting performance goals, maintaining a clean and safe work environment, and maintaining a high level of quality and service to their customers.  

Responsibilities Include

  • Samples raw ingredients and packaging materials as they enter the plant and within the facility. 
  • Examines and tests ESL line samples and accurately records results both on paper and in the computer. Maintains the incubation of samples and the release testing of samples.
  • Performs initial trouble shooting activities for operational issues (i.e. foreign material findings, supplier issues, weight issues, etc.)  Issues Quality Notifications for materials that are out of specification.
  • Provides troubleshooting support to the production departments by investigating issues that adversely affect product quality or manufacturing efficiency by recommending potential solutions. 
  • Communicates problems and test results to the appropriate personnel. 
  • Performs consistent line audits throughout the production run, for finished products (weight, temperature, labeling, coding, appearance, etc.).
  • Perform physical analytical sampling and testing of raw ingredients, packaging materials and finished goods dairy food products in accordance with established guidelines. Ability to apply and interpret results.
  • Perform microbiological/bacteriological sampling and testing of dairy food products in accordance with established guidelines. Ability to apply and interpret results.
  • Identify and effectively communicate any out-of-specification analytical test results. Follow established notification protocol.
  • Routinely collect product samples from production lines as outlined by testing timeline guidelines.
  • Exceptional organizational skills in order to maintain all QC records and filing.
  • Accurately and neatly complete analytical testing documents.
  • Ability to prepare various stock solutions used in the laboratory.
  • Calibrate and maintain all lab testing equipment.
  • Perform environmental control swabbing after clean-up and CIP/SIP. Report any deviations.
  • Knowledge of customer feedback investigation process.
  • Support internal and external audits.
  • Support mock and product recall program guidelines.
  • Prepare and process production records to isolate any out of specification product including any product deviations from standard, on-hold, regulatory holds, etc.
  • Must be proficient with all quality control functions throughout the facility.
  • Knows company policies, standards, specifications and safety policies.
  • Must be able to complete and pass specific State regulatory and other licensing/certificate requirements, including Appendix N raw milk testing, HACCP, Internal Auditing, Food Safety PCQI.
  • Perform good laboratory housekeeping within established housekeeping guidelines.
  • Familiarity with GMP’s and GLP’s.
  • Comply with all Quality Assurance Procedures (QAP's).
  • Contributes to continuous improvement projects.
  • Assist in answering technical questions about our ingredients, products, and processing facilities.
  • Works well with peers and management at all levels, in a professional manner.
  • Performs related duties as assigned by the QA Managers and QA Director.

Skills/Qualifications/Requirements

  • Minimum AS degree is required.  BS is preferred in Dairy or Food Science, Biology or related science.
  • One to two years minimum demonstrated quality experience in a manufacturing environment, conducting inspections on the raw materials and packaging required.
  • Experience in a Food manufacturing environment and/or lab, and knowledge of food safety.
  • Proficient in reading, writing and math required.                                           
  • Excellent written & oral communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels of the organization required.                              
  • Proven attention to detail and accuracy is required.
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to business needs required.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer relations skills required.
  • Must be comfortable and capable of working in a multi-task, deadline oriented and customer driven environment.
  • Color Vision (ability to detect color) This is due the need to compare color differences in product and packaging material on a daily basis.
  • Safety is a priority for the quality team. This person must be able to work safely, recognize concerns, and address the concerns to prevent accidents.
  • Strong understanding of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), Food Safety.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications required. 

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with assistance and kneel, bend, squat, reach, grip, push, pull and perform elevated work.
  • Ability to work in varied environmental conditions (hot, cold, wet).
  • Allergens: We prepare products with milk ingredients. Team members must be able to work with this ingredient and participate in sensory.

Work Schedule

  • 4:00am Monday, Thursday, Friday and 2:00am Saturday
  • 100% on-site - 2701 Loch Raven Rd, Baltimore MD 21218

Pay Rate

  • $24.14/hr

We offer a competitive benefit package to include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-and long-term disability, paid time off and 401(k).

At Cloverland Farms Dairy we embrace diversity & welcome all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, creed, religion, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

As a condition of employment applicants offered a position will be required to successfully pass our pre-employment background screen, receive a negative drug screen result, and confirm eligibility to work in the U.S. We participate in E-Verify.

 

 

 


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