Quality Assurance Technician

Location: Hillsboro, OR



Beaverton Foods - Quality Assurance Technician

About Us
In 1929, Rose Biggi started Beaverton Foods in the cellar of her farmhouse. To help endure the Great Depression, she began grinding her horseradish crop, bottling it, and selling it to local grocery stores. Through her hard work and perseverance, she built the foundation for the largest specialty condiment manufacturer in the United States. Beaverton Foods has an international reputation for manufacturing quality products and the development of innovative condiment flavors. In the past decade, our mustards have received over one hundred certificates of excellence and awards for quality - more than all other mustard manufactures combined.

Position Overview
We are looking for a motivated employee to provide QA support through testing by ensuring that raw ingredients, products in process and finished products are utilized and manufactured according to written formulas and specifications, and packaged under Good Manufacturing Practices, Food Safety/Defense and HACCP.  Supports daily production with a strong presence on the production floor to maintain established company standards at our Hillsboro, OR manufacturing facility.
 
Essential Functions
  • Actively supports Beaverton Foods and all employees and customers in a positive manner.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of inventory control principles, GMPs and Allergen programs, HACCP, Food Safety, Food Defense, and Quality Control Hazard Communication.
  • Required to support all HACCP, Food Safety, Food Defense and Quality Assurance regulations and programs. Complete required reports/documents and follow up on all processes assigned.
  • Responsible to provide administrative support to QA, R&D and product safety functions.
  • Completes quality control weight checks for all products manufactured. 
  • Visually inspects labeling, coding and packaging of finished products. 
  • Conducts technical lab analysis of raw ingredients, products in process, and finished products according to written specifications and quality assurance procedures.
  • Standardizes, calibrates and utilizes scientific equipment such as titrators, pH meters, refractometers, consistometer, pipets, weigh scales, viscometers, and microscopes. Logs the results of calibration of equipment and testing procedures.
  • Utilizes written analytical procedures, including the manufacture, standardization and use of chemical reagents and solutions.
  • Prepares data and performs computer data entry to record information regarding all test results consistent with current documented procedures, written or verbal instruction from the technical director or company policy.  Maintains all quality control records in formula and date order and creates new records when required.
  • Performs detailed label checks to ensure FDA compliance.
  • Collects samples of finished products to create retain samples.
  • Responsible for the general cleaning and organization of the lab to maintain a functional testing environment.
  • Exercises oversight authority for raw materials, batch mixing and packaging lines. Possesses the authority to stop, hold, divert or retain batches or finished products when test or weight check results indicate that corrective action is necessary to meet established quality or customer parameters.


Required Experience and Qualifications
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Education -  Bachelor's degree in food science and technology, or scientific field or human nutrition from a four-year college or university; one year experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience – Ability to read, analyze, and interpret trade periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations, scientific reports, methods and techniques in English.  Ability to write or revise reports, business correspondence, test methods, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of employees at all levels customers, and the general public.
  • Language skills: Ability to read, analyze, interpret and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from internal and external customers.
  • Mathematical skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs. Ability to utilize and apply concepts of basic algebra for practical application and solution of technical problems.
  • Reasoning ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables, simultaneously.
  • Computer skills: Ability to utilize computer programs such as MS EXCEL, MS WORD and the company’s proprietary software as it relates to Quality Assurance in a network environment.
  • Other qualifications: Data entry skills, 10-key by touch and legible handwriting.


Work Environment
  • Regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, cold and heat, fumes or airborne particles, and toxic or caustic chemicals. 
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, except near the glass stands in the production area.
 
Capability Requirements / Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand. 
  • Frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear; and taste or smell. 
  • Occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop or kneel. 
  • Frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
 
Benefits
We cover 100% of our employees’ group medical, dental insurance and life insurance premiums, extend benefit participation to employee dependents, offer a FSA, a 401(k) with company match and a generous PTO policy.
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