Technical Assistant

Location
Somerset
Salary
Competitive plus bonus
Posted
11 Apr 2019
Closes
11 May 2019
Ref
CW/11344
Business Sector
Food Manufacturing
Contract Type
Permanent

Job Purpose:

To support the Technologist and Technical Manager in maintaining and enhancing quality management standards across all areas of production on a day-to-day basis.  To audit and check production systems and to ensure that the highest technical standards are achieved for all foods produced. 

Key Aspects of Job:

Working in the areas listed below with the relevant supervisors, managers and line staff to ensure quality systems are understood, implemented consistently on a daily basis and developed over time

GENERAL TECHNICAL TASKS:     

  • Gather and prepare microbiological samples as per schedules, cook samples where necessary, complete swabs, water samples. Re-test where necessary
  • Support completion of taste panels
  • Follow up on reports on problematic raw materials/WIP ingredients/finished goods to ensure decisions are made and communicate timely
  • Carry out internal audits including GMP and fabrication audits
  • Audit and file production paperwork. Score and communicate the quality of the paperwork to the production team
  • Aid with customer complaint investigations
  • Carry out equipment and calibration checks
  • CCP verification and validation
  • Complete and update data logging system
  • Complete traceability audits when required
  • Lead or support technical projects as required
  • Support project work carried out on site
  • Daily and weekly temperature checks
  • Review existing and implement processes required to deliver required standards on site
  • Support implementation, embedding and maintenance of QA approach
  • Coaching and training team members
  • Support Quality and QMS Technologist.

PRODUCTION RELATED

  • Support temperature monitoring checks when required
  • Report results of paperwork audits, this includes non-conformance information, missing weight record data and over/under weights. Follow up any outstanding issues
  • Monitor and audit adherence to Good Manufacture Practices throughout facilities
  • Report any technical issues to Shift Manager’s and check that effective corrective action are taken
  • Attend the daily Production meeting if required
  • Ensure out of specification products are prevented from moving forward in production process by reporting unresolved technical issues
  • Liaise with the day/night hygiene team regarding any cleaning/hygiene issues

RAW MATERIALS:

  • Support monitoring of problematic ingredients
  • Deal with rejections for technical issues by ensuring a non conformance form is filled in
  • Log technical/quality issues in non-conformance log and communicate to suppliers
  • Audit raw materials in stores
  • Audit stock rotation procedure for incoming ingredients
  • Liaise with quality department regarding quality attributes of raw ingredients

SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:

  • Knowledge of basic food hygiene
  • Experience of working within a quality management system
  • Good basis and understanding of PC use/IT (Microsoft office)
  • Excellent communication skills – dealing with personnel on the factory floor
  • Good attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise and delegate to complete tasks efficiently in a timely manner
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a fast changing small company environment
  • Available to work outside of normal hours and bank holidays if required
  • Clear and concise written skills
  • Experience in a QA or QC role preferable

 

 

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