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    Position Title: Quality Technician
    Department: Food Safety & Quality Assurance
    Location: Tualatin Brewery
    Supervisory Responsibilities: No
    Reports to: FSQA Manager
    Worker Category: Full-Time
    FLSA Classification: Non-exempt
    Bonus Eligibility: Production Incentive Bonus

    Position Summary: The Quality Technician is responsible for verifying quality procedures on our production floor to ensure that all products meet our internal standards. This role helps monitor GMPs on the production floor and ensure that all personnel and processes adhere to proper Food Safety practices, addressing any quality deviations that may arise. In addition, the Quality Technician is responsible for performing routine checks on all packaging lines and reviewing and verifying all records completed by production and operations. The Quality team works closely with the production team and laboratory team to ensure the production of quality products in a timely fashion.

    Job Responsibilities:
    • Provide guidance and recommendations to employees in production regarding GMPs, product specifications, and food safety practices.
    • Train new hires in the FSQA Department on key tasks and job responsibilities.
    • Monitor the production team’s adherence to GMPs, product specifications, SOPs, SSOPs, and food safety.
    • Address all GMP violations with both production management and team members.
    • Conduct sampling and perform routine checks and testing on multiple packaging lines, including but not limited to verification of packaging lot codes, correct packaging components, package integrity, carbonation, and cap removal torque.
    • Identify and implement corrective actions when production deviates from the Food Safety Plan and practices.
    • Furnish accurate verbal and written reports and shift hand-downs to the quality department and plant management regarding product and process quality and consistency, process capabilities, and Food Safety.
    • Identify and address GMP violations with quality management, production management, and team members.
    • Assist Operations/Production with creating Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Work Instructions and adhering to processes.
    • Review and verify all QA/QC records, including shipping & receiving, monitoring, cleaning, and all Process Control Documents.
    • Function as internal auditor to monitor the plant for compliance with FSMA and 3rd-party regulations and review for compliance with GMPs performing inspections of the production floor as needed.
    • Support quality management systems, including pest control, chemical verification, traceability, and others as determined by management.
    • Identify and investigate non-conforming materials, place material on hold as needed and communicate with production on all holds and product disposition.
    • Conduct a pre-shipment review of the finished product
    • Assist with investigating customer complaints
    • Obtain and maintain accurate records to determine the consistency of product quality, compliance with regulatory agency requirements, and documentation of the Food Safety Plan.
    • Act as backup to the FSQA Document Coordinator for crucial food safety functions
    Qualifications & Experience:
    • BS degree or coursework in related field is a plus (Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biology, or related discipline), or experience in Quality Assurance
    • Intermediate MS Office or Google Platform experience
    • Previous food manufacturing experience is a plus
    Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to stand for long periods and move dynamically on the production floor
    • Ability to sit continuously at a computer
    • Carry weight, lift up to 5 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally.
    • Taste/Smell - ability to detect and perceive fermentation and tea flavors and aromas
    • Ability to climb a ladder occasionally
    Work Environment:

    While performing the duties of this position, the worker may be exposed to inside environmental conditions, hot fluids, pressurized vessels and transfer lines, strong odors, chemicals, noise levels above 85 decibels, confined spaces, refrigerated gases, powered industrial trucks, and moving machinery.

    Other Duties:

    Please note this job description may not cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. In addition, duties, obligations, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

    Brew Dr. Benefits:
    • Comprehensive Medical and Dental Plans
    • FSA, Dependent Care, Transit Plans
    • Long-Term Disability Insurance
    • 401(k) with 100% Vested Employer Match
    • Educational and Wellness Reimbursements
    • Employer-paid Short-Term Disability and Life/AD&D Insurance
    • Company Holidays and Floating Holidays
    • Local Love Paid Volunteer Program
    • Charitable Donation Matching
    • Paid Parental Leave
    Our Mission:

    Bring the magic of kombucha to all, without compromise.

    Statement of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging:

    Brew Dr. Kombucha is committed to maintaining a workplace where everyone feels respected, accepted, and valued. With this in mind, we strive to create an inclusive workplace that embraces different cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives. We will continuously review our company policies and hiring practices to foster a fair and equitable work culture.

    Apply at: https://www.brewdrkombucha.com/careers

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