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FSQA Technician

Turners Falls, Massachusetts (USA)
A High Growth, Entrepreneurial Plant-Based Protein Company
Established in 2018, Greenleaf Foods is a leading consumer plant-based protein company committed to shaping the future of plant-based eating.

Our portfolio of plant-based protein brands includes Lightlife Foods and Field Roast Grain Meat Co.  Lightlife products inspire clean, nourishing health with a simple ingredient deck and great taste the entire family will enjoy. Lightlife is proud to make the country’s #1 brand of tempeh the #1 plant-based hot dog. Field Roast is known for bringing food enthusiasts together with globally inspired flavors, whole-food ingredients and innovative processes that make its plant-based meats and cheeses. Together, the brands feature more than 50 products and represent a leading market position in the plant-based protein category.

Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact on a fast-growing company? Greenleaf Foods is headquartered 20 miles outside of Chicago in Elmhurst, IL and is an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods, Canada’s leading protein company. We have operations in Seattle, WA; Shelbyville, IN; and Turners Falls, MA. Our 500 associates embrace a strong, values-based culture and take pride in doing what’s right for our consumers, customers and communities.  Each Greenleaf team member has a voice and plays an active role in helping achieve our goals with passion and discipline. We thrive in an engaging, open and fast-paced environment. We support one another to grow professionally and to take on challenging experiences in the spirit of continuous improvement.
 
Position Title:
FSQA Technician (1st shift)

The Opportunity:
As a member of the facility's FSQA team, the FSQA Technician spends a majority of his/her time on the production floor monitoring Food Safety, GMP, HACCP and other Quality Assurance Program requirements to ensure they are consistently achieved.  Operating with a sense of urgency, the Technician is responsible for initiating immediate corrective actions wherever possible and escalating FSQA concerns as required.  The Technician must be comfortable respectfully challenging others in a fast paced food manufacturing environment.

A snap shot of some of the exciting things you will do:
  • Perform and/or assist in daily quality and food safety related decision making based on established processes to ensure products meet the quality standards and food safety requirements of Maple Leaf Foods and its customers.
  • Perform daily monitoring and verification tasks as outlined in the HACCP program and recommend corrective actions for deviations. 
  • Provide support and coaching to employees and production management to maintain and improve facility QA practices and procedures.
  • Prepare sensory samples and participates in sensory evaluations.
  • Perform data entry and data analysis tasks.
  • Perform microbiological and analytical sampling for product and environment as required.
  • Participate in projects and meetings with the goal of improving food safety and food quality.
  • Assist in the implementation of changes that advance QA systems and/or programs.
  • Conduct product audits.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
What we have to offer you:
  • 401K with company match
  • Health Insurance - medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage
  • Paid Vacation and sick leave
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) Access
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
What you will bring: 
  • BS or AS Degree, preferably in Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Science or a related discipline.
  • Previous experience in a food related technical role.
  • Understanding of Sanitation, SOPs, HACCP, CCP’s and GMP’s.
  • Intermediate systems skills (including MS Office).
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organization and planning skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Interest and willingness to learn and teach others.
  • Demonstrated alignment to the Maple Leaf Leadership Values.
 
Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop and kneel. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 60 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
Work Environment:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee can potentially be exposed to wet, humid, and/or refrigerated working areas dependent upon the department you are assigned to. We also require the use of full PPE (earplugs, safety glasses, hard hats, steel toed shoes, lab coats, hairnets, and face masks) while on the production floor.

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This job description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills efforts, or working conditions associated with the job; it is intended to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development, and compensation.  The incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.
 

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