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Winland Foods Quality Technician I (2p-1030p) in Buckner, Kentucky

Performs analysis on in-process and finished products to ensure specifications are met. Makes accept/reject decision on incoming raw materials and pre-shipment samples based on pre-established criteria. Places defective product on hold in accordance with procedures. Resolves and reports defect issues. Interacts with other departments to communicate testing results.

2:00pm-10:30pm Monday - Friday (Saturday)

Employee Type:

Full time


KY Buckner

Job Type:


Job Posting Title:

Quality Technician I (2p-1030p)

Job Description:

Essential Functions, Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analysis and testing on in-process and finished products to ensure all quality and food safety Critical Control Points are met as defined by the applicable PJJ/Salsa and Traditional HACCP/Food Safety plans.

  • Performs and documents processing line audits and product evaluations for PPJ, Salsa and Traditional products that include, but are not limited to: pH, water activity, viscosity, brix, salsa drain weights, product salt percentage, product sensory evaluation, packaging evaluation and CCP monitoring activity verifications.

  • Performs and document verification activities of product foreign material detection devices to ensure equipment functionality.

  • Performs and document verification activities of pasteurizer water chemical concentrations in the PJJ/Salsa processing areas.

  • Assist in the identification and resolution of quality and food safety related non-conformances, including hold and release program activities.

  • Performs and documents housekeeping and sanitary conditions of processing environment.

  • Ensure employees are following all quality, food safety, GMP programs and procedures.

  • Review all production documents and investigate or correct for any missing or erroneous information.

  • Assist internal and external personnel on documentation requests, audits and inspections.

  • Assist in the collection and management of retain samples.

  • Performs sampling of environmental swabs, water and air testing.

  • Perform sanitation effectiveness verification activities that may include pre-operational inspections, environmental monitoring sampling and hygienic restoration activities.

  • Assist in the investigation of consumer complaints.

  • Work closely with operations, warehouse, sanitation, maintenance departments for all quality needs.

  • Performs lab and workstation housekeeping tasks.

  • Safely and accurately perform all duties as required for this position to ensure the safety and quality of our products.

  • All other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Critical Skill Requirements:

  • High School diploma

  • AA or BS in Biology, Chemistry or Food Science a plus

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Must be able to perform the following: standing, climbing, pulling, and or pushing, carrying, grasping, reaching, twisting, turning and stooping.

  • Ability to walk and/or stand for extended periods of time.

  • Good physical condition with the ability to lift up to 50 lbs frequently.

  • Good hand/eye coordination, motor skills, 20/20 corrected vision and hearing within the normal range.

Environmental, Health and Safety Requirements:

  • Must wear all required personal protection equipment associated with specific manufacturing work environment and job duties as stated in the Employee Handbook, posted policies, or as assigned by leadership personnel.

  • Maintain clean and safe working environment and follow all safety policies and procedures, such as lock out/tag out, safe lifting techniques, and all others as instructed.

  • Inform Management of any food safety or quality issues or of any processes which become noncompliant with specified requirements.

Food Safety:

  • Notify supervision of any repairs or adjustments that are required.

  • Understand, observe, and comply with the handling and usage of the color-coded container policy while in the Production Areas.

  • Perform all duties necessary to meet Company, Customer and/or Government requirements/standards as prioritized by the Company.

  • Ability to initiate action to prevent the occurrence of nonconformities relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the product, processes, quality system, or safety system.

  • Identify and record any problems relating to Food Safety and the Quality of the ingredients, processes, quality system, or safety system.

  • Controls further processing or delivery of nonconforming product in terms of Food Safety and Quality issues until the deficiency or unsatisfactory condition has been corrected.

EEO Statement:

Winland Foods believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Winland Foods is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Winland Foods is a leading private label food manufacturer of pasta, dry dinners, condiments, syrups, and more with nearly 3,000 employees operating out of 14 production facilities in US, Canada, and Italy.

As a ‘newly’ established company, we are creating the building blocks for an innovative and agile organization that is purpose driven - delivering high quality food to our customers and communities. We foster an environment that encourages all employees to be heard, and values their contributions and ideas.

By joining Winland Foods, you become a part of a new team that values passion, collaboration, and strives to prosper with our customers.

To all recruitment agencies: Winland Foods does not accept unsolicited agency resumes/CVs. Please do not forward resumes/CVs to Winland Foods employees, or any company location(s). Winland Foods is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes/CVs.