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Quality Technician - Nights

Company: balchem
Location: Albert Lea
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. Our corporate headquarters is in New Hampton, New York, (Hudson Valley area) and we have a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ - BCPC) with annual revenues over $640 million and a market cap exceeding $3.0 billion. The company consists of three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to developing the company into global market leadership positions. To learn more about our dynamic, stable and growing company, visit
Position Summary:
The Quality Assurance (QA) Technician supports manufacturing operations through carrying out activities to verify compliance with the site Quality Management System (QMS), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Product Specifications. They work with the cross-functional site team to meet or exceed the personnel safety, food safety, and food quality goals of the company. This position exemplifies a positive culture that encourages continuous improvement and collaboration.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Performing daily tasks such as monitoring employee documentation, reporting of quality issues, verifying Critical Control Points, checking weights, calibrating scales, probes, thermometers, moisture analyzers, and other lab equipment, etc.
Ensuring employee compliance with allergen procedures, GMP's, SSOP's and Food Safety Plan (HAACP)
Assisting in the performance of weekly environmental swabs and monthly plant, glass, brittle plastic, and ceramic inspections
Conducting Pre-Operational activities
Testing and evaluating raw material and finished product
Writing HOLD tags and assigning and/or assisting with the disposition of product
Reviewing finished production folders as part of the positive release program
Must maintain department safety rules compliance and be a positive safety role model.
Responsible for ensuring an organized, clean and safe work environment.
Follow all Food safety practices and processes applicable to the department.
Execute what is required by the company QMS.
Monitor and maintain all food safety activities as part of daily tasks.
Enforce food safety plan while producing product.
Promote food safety and quality to all departments
Support and assist the manufacturing teams to meet customer and product quality performance requirements.
Implement department Quality Management Systems (QMS) requirements. Strive to promote a world-class Quality organization.
Effectively represent the quality team and QA issues to all internal and external customers in a timely manner.
Communicate non-conformances and lead root cause analysis investigations followed up by corrective action
Clear sense of urgency and ability to manage priorities to meet immediate needs and long-term goals.
Ability to manage time and workload efficiently, and the ability to prioritize and modify priorities accordingly
Strong safety, food-safety, and quality orientation and ability to promote these standards in a cross-functional environment.
Self-motivation and ability to work independently. Ability and willingness to provide support and training to employees on all shifts.
Ability to troubleshoot and provide QA centered solutions in a cross-functional team environment and to lead a CAPA process.
Demonstrated ability to work and develop others in a team environment
Sensitive to other cultures/backgrounds, able to work in a multi-cultural workplace
Ability and willingness to learn, practice, and improve documented work procedures
Demonstrated ability to function in a fast-paced environment
Verbal and written communication skills sufficient to discuss, develop, and implement plans.
High sensitivity to quality and on time delivery of materials and services


Must be 18 years or older
Knowledge of food manufacturing operations and equipment.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
Experience with Microsoft Office, including Excel, Outlook, and Word
Able to perform basic mathematical equations
Ability to adapt in a team and/or individual setting to allow achievement of company goals
Established communication, problem solving, and attention to detail skills
Demonstrates punctuality and dependably in all aspects of work Ability to lift 50 lbs. and required to stand, walk, sit and reach with hands and arms.
Familiarity with SQF, FDA (FSMA), HACCP and other regulatory and industry guidelines and requirements
PCQI and HACCP certified desired

Shift Hours:

6pm to 6:30am every other weekend

Shift Differentials (see our other postings for current position availability):

Day shift positions: $0 shift differential
Second shift positions: $1.25/hr. shift differential
Third shift positions: $1.50/hr. shift differential


Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Health Savings Account
Limited Flexible Spending Account
Dependent Care Account
Savings Incentive Match Plan (401k)
Paid Time Off Accruals
Holiday Pay


Keywords: balchem, Rochester , Quality Technician - Nights, Professions , Albert Lea, Minnesota

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