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QA Technician

About Kerry

Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment. We have two vacancies, 2pm to 10pm and 10pm to 6 am. 

About the role

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  Demonstrates a positive attitude and relates in a positive manner when interacting with all personnel.
  Understand and comply with all HACCP, Allergen, Environmental, regulatory and customer demands and requirements. Keep detailed and accurate quality records.
  Conduct employee training, education and development relating to quality.
  Evaluate products and disposition out-of-spec materials.
  Maintain lab employee schedule.
  Create and update product runsheets, lab procedures and programs.
  Order all laboratory equipment and supplies.
  Create daily report of quality issues and concerns and communicate them to management.
  Act as interface to research and development, contract plants and other Kerry plants on quality testing and concerns. Evaluate testing methods to ensure accuracy.
  Manage laboratory equipment calibrations and standardizations.
  Oversee preshipment program to ensure customer satisfaction.
  Have a good understanding of the general purpose, philosophy and direction of The Kerry Group as a whole and specifically the Jackson plant as it relates to employee policies and expectations, quality, customer satisfaction, GMP, sanitation, and production requirements. Maintain awareness of customer and regulatory demands and focus.
  Report food safety and quality problems to personnel with authority to initiate action.
  Act as back-up SQF Practitioner in Supervisor absence.
  Supervisor designee in Supervisor absence. QA Clerk designee in QA Clerk absence.
  Responsible to adhere to quality system requirements.
  Helps ensure production needs are met with regard to quality, GMP and safety.
  Keeps the immediate supervisor informed of relevant activities on shift and takes or recommends corrective action when required.
  Coach or direct other department personnel so that they have the required information to perform their jobs adequately.
  Works with the other Leads and Supervisors to ensure a smooth transition from shift to shift.
  May be responsible for reassigning labor based on production requirements, scheduling changes, vacations, etc.
  Responsible for making sure HACCP related policies are complete, including, but not limited to metal checks, screen checks, weight control, and packaging verification.

Key responsibilities

Qualifications and skills

QUALIFICATIONS:

  Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Micro-Biology, Organic Chemistry and/or Food Science
  Knowledge and experience of GC/LC testing
  Knowledge and experience in a lab setting running chemistry tests
  Food industry experience is highly desirable
  Previous experience a plus.

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