Quality Assurance Technician – Production

We are recruiting on behalf of our client, for a Quality Assurance Technician, at their modern food production facility based in Northampton.

Shift pattern – Monday – Friday 09.30pm – 05.30am 37.5 hours (NIGHTS)

This role is a permanent placement with our client.

Salary & Package: Salary £10.88ph plus 0.90 shift allowance for all basic hours worked. Holidays 28 days inclusive of bank holidays

Job Purpose:
• To undertake all checks on a daily, weekly and monthly basis as defined on the QMS testing schedule in an accurate and timely manner
• To ensure that the safety of company products is implemented, monitored and maintained throughout the factory
• To effectively work and communicate with management team and production operatives to continuously improve standards
• To attend production taste panel
• To spend the 80% of the time per shift on the production areas

Duties & Responsibilities:
A list of principal tasks that the job holder will be expected to do without exception as part of their normal duties:
• Implementation of food safety standards and procedures
• Ensuring that the standards laid down in the company QMS are being adhered to
• Raising non-conformities, technical incidents and taking suitable and appropriate corrective actions
• Collecting microbiological samples, water samples, environmental swabs and hand swabs as required
• Registering samples with the requisite testing laboratory.
• Collecting samples of finished products for the shift taste panel and facilitating it
• To be enforcing the additional requirements of the products in “Intensive Care”
• Undertaking internal audits focusing on GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), Fabrication, Hygiene and Personal Hygiene, and ensuring suitable corrective actions are taken and satisfactorily closed out
• Being familiar with the Critical Control Points (CCPs) within the company and being able to train new starters against them, take appropriate corrective actions in the instance of a critical limits not being met and maintain a good communication between production and technical team
• Make identifiable contributions to both company and team objectives
• Looking for areas where the QMS systems can be improved and made more efficient
• Supervision of operatives’ behaviour to ensure GHP (Good Hygiene Practice) is being followed
• Becoming very familiar with the company QMS and cross-referencing systems and procedures while being executed and being prepared to answer any potential question from third-party / customer auditors
• Calibration checks in accordance with the testing schedule including infrared probes, penetration thermometers and weighing scales
• Able to control, validate and optimise processes in place
• Conducting pre-start checks, including hygiene conditions of the machines, titration (volume concentration) of sanitiser, temperature checks of production areas, etc.
• Cooperation with area managers to ensure non-conformities are completed within the agreed timescales
• Liaise with the other QA team members to give effective factory QA coverage and presence across the day/week
• Work within your team to assess company targets, carry out projects on behalf of Technical Department and write and present reports
• Attend and/or chair weekly meetings with the QA team and members of Technical Department to present weekly KPI in terms of: Technical Incidents, Maintenance Requests and other issues highlighted during the week
• Maintain a presence within the production function that directs communication from the process to the management team and vice versa
• To raise minor, major and critical non-conformities with the areas owners
• Maintain records and prepare reports in a timely manner (internal & external)
• Able to create and deliver training and development material to personnel across the company regarding the company QMS
• To provide assistance in the resolution of customer complaints as required
• Covering colleagues for holidays and/or busy periods

Skills, Qualifications & Experience Required:
• Minimum 2-year experience in a food manufacturing company
• Previous experience as a QA or similar role within the QA department
• Good knowledge of the ISO 22000 and/or ISO 9001
• Food Science degree or equivalent
• I-can-do attitude, enthusiastic and ability to encourage the others and work as a team player
• Be self-motivated and proactive
• Ability to take responsibilities and find appropriate solutions on food safety issues
• Ability to communicate at all levels, both written and verbal
• Knowledge of Microsoft office (Excel / Word / PowerPoint)
• Flexible and adaptable in terms of shift pattern and absence coverage
• Organised and ability to multi task.
• Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
• Decisive
• Mature and professional attitude and outlook
• Good people and relationship management skills
• Creative problem solver
• Good attention
• Flexible attitude, ability to manage workload effectively

For more information or to discuss the role please contact Anna Smith 01604808970 OR to apply please select the "Apply Now" link.

Rate of Pay

£11.78 per hour

Job ID – QAT

  • Full Time

Job Spec

Reference QAT
Job Type Full Time
Location Northampton,Northamptonshire,UK,NN1
Salary £11.78 per hour
Contact Anna Smith
Phone 01604 808 970
Email asmith@universalpersonnel.co.uk
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