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Seaboard Triumph Foods Laboratory Technician - B Shift in Sioux City, Iowa

The FSQA Laboratory Technician is responsible for compliance with USDA regulations and company requirements to ensure the highest standard and quality of work, adherence to procedures, and accuracy of results. In the event that the Laboratory Technician is absent or incapacitated, the Micro Laboratory Manager can call-in another technician to cover or if one is not able than the Lab Manager will cover the Technicians position for that shift.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and other duties may be assigned.Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area.Ensure that safety, housekeeping and compliance standards are maintained.Perform laboratory analysis using established procedures and techniques and evaluate and verify sample results and data entry.Apply aseptic/microbiological techniques and good laboratory practices in daily activities.Collect and prepare samples for chemical or microbial analysis (environmental, finished or raw product, food and non-food contact surfaces, and others as required).Prepare media and reagents as needed for daily microbiological and chemical testingPerform microbial analysis of foods and food ingredients (aerobic plate counts, coliform/E. colicounts, yeast/mold counts, etc.) and food contact surfaces.Perform chemical analysis of foods and food ingredients (pH, Iron, Calcium, Protein, Fat, Moisture, Antimicrobial Residuals, Allergen testing, and others as required).Accurately read test results, maintain records, and report results and deviations to Micro Laboratory Manager.Assist in performing pre-operational inspection of facility.Perform daily and non-daily housekeeping of laboratory working spaces and equipmentPerform general office duties, such as filing, data entry, and document preparationReport inventory and expendable supplies/materials needed for testing requirementsProvide routine preventive maintenance to laboratory equipment.Assist in laboratory quality control duties to by taking incubator temperatures, inoculating control organisms, running media controls etc., and other laboratory quality control procedures including record keeping and updating quality control documentationAssist with training and research assignmentsAssist with managing priorities and schedule such that individual goals as well as team goals are achieved with encouraged participation in the team.Responsible for the completion of required trainingQUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the work environment, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required or preferred. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Requires a minimum high school diploma; plus completion of science based classes such as biology, chemistry, micro, etc. at a college level is greatly preferred or the combination of education and experience that enables performance in all aspects of the position. Experience in food manufacturing desirable. Must be resourceful, self-sufficient and able to adapt to a fast-paced environment.COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work well with others. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and/or governmental regulations. Requires the ability to work as a team member and individually to complete given tasks.LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to read and interpret documents in the English language such as safety files and procedure manuals. Must be able to effectively communicate with management personnel and others within and outside of the organization.MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Ability to apply mathematical applications to practical situations. Must possess strong an