Quality Lab Technician

Church & Dwight Co Inc
York, PA
Apr 20, 2017
Apr 21, 2017
IT, QA Engineer
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Overview: General Summary: Under the direction of the Quality Lab Coordinator - VMS, this position will be responsible for performing both specialized and routine laboratory tests on all VMS (Vitamin and Mineral Supplements) products and customer supplied raw materials utilizing in-house lab equipment. Formally approves or rejects all raw material lots to be used in production. Quality Lab Technicians shall specialize in either analytical chemistry or microbiology. Responsibilities: Essential Functions: * Responsible at all times for promoting a safety culture and safety awareness within their area of responsibility. Support all plant and department safety policies and procedures at all times. * Analytical Chemists: * Perform routine testing of samples for HPLC, GC, LCMS or ICPMS in a timely, accurate manner. Work with the Quality Lab Coordinator to determine priority of samples. * Solution preparation * Sample extraction * Instrument setup * Data processing * Result entry into LIMS * Microbiologists: * Assure that samples designated for micro analysis are run and reported in a timely and accurate manner. * Tests materials (raw, bulk and finished goods) for presence and content of contaminants or foreign substances. * Performs environmental sampling and testing in specified areas as required. * Use Good Laboratory Practices and Good Documentation Practices in all laboratory activities. * Properly handle and dispose of laboratory hazardous waste. * Monitor gas cylinders. * Shared responsibility for inventory and restocking of columns, calibration standards, routine maintenance parts and accessories, sample prep materials and general laboratory needs. * Receive all chemicals (including hazardous and flammable materials) into the lab. Log them in the Chemical Tracker and out them into their designated locations. * Seek opportunities to reduce routine laboratory costs by increased efficiency (higher throughput, decreased cost of supplies) * Execute projects as assigned to meet changing laboratory needs and requirements. * Maintain all housekeeping, regulatory and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) requirements. * Foster and maintain good employee relations through all the appropriate methods of communications and positive employee relations practices. * Provide general Quality Department support as needed (audits, failure investigations, complaint investigations, new formula / product start-ups, compliance monitoring, etc.) * Utilize laboratory safety procedures, handing of hazardous materials, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and review of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or GHS (Globally Harmonized System) pertaining to the work area. * Maintain sample retain area * Participate in development, maintenance and communication all applicable SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures) as related to the laboratory and internal/external testing activities and protocols for the operation. * Ensures all quality and food safety practices are followed at all times. * Performs other related duties as required and assigned. Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: * Excellent interpersonal skills ? ability to build positive relationships at all levels both internal and external to the organization * Excellent communications skills ? ability to communicate clearly and concisely in multiple media ? verbal, written, etc. * Excellent organizational/time management skills. * Knowledge of Plant Quality Systems related to SOP's, control plans, work instructions, project management, quality engineering and quality audit functions. * Competence in Total Quality Systems (ISO-9000), cGMP and regulatory requirements (21 CFR 110, 111 and 210/211). * Ability to maintain a laboratory notebook; strong attention to detail. * Good knowledge of laboratory terminology, equipment, materials, and the techniques/procedures commonly used in the analysis of food and related products. * Ability to prioritize work assignments in a fast-paced work environment. * Strong computer skills (MS Office Suite, MS Project and SAP). * Ability to interpret and analyze technical data and make appropriate recommendations as needed. Education: * Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Microbiology or related field preferred. * 1-3 years previous quality laboratory experience in a fast-paced regulated manufacturing environment preferred. Experience in dietary supplements, CPG (Consumer Packaged Goods), food or pharmaceuticals industry a plus. * At least one year of equipment experience using an HPLC, GC, LCMS or ICPMS system preferred. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. is proud to be an equal opportunity employer M/F/Disability/Veteran Options: Posted by StartWire