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Laboratory Associate at Cargill

Posted in Science 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: West Fargo, North Dakota

Job Description:

Position Purpose

The laboratory
associate is responsible for executing all quality procedures, inspections, and
all required laboratory product testing to ensure all products meet, or exceed
the written specification. Assists management in monitoring and training
personnel in good manufacturing processes to ensure food safety, regulatory
compliance, and adherence to company policies. Demonstrates appreciation for the
team, respecting diversity in backgrounds and seeking all perspectives.  This role clearly communicates, with accuracy
and time sensitivity, the quality results to the operation leadership team. As
a valuable member of the quality organization, the laboratory associate is
expected to successfully demonstrate and adhere to all aspects of Cargill’s
Leadership Model.  This role will be
required to work day hours with rotating weekends and holidays.

Principal Accountabilites

30% - Gathers, analyzes and interprets information.  Actively communicates and engages in discussion with operators, supervisors, and other lab technicians to address concerns and answer questions.  Must be able to provide support to other technicians, operators and supervisors utilizing test skills and knowledge in decision making and problem solving.  Must set priorities in organizing testing, be responsible and accountable for completing all work necessary during the shift. 

30% - Test and evaluate samples from process, finished product and by-products to verify conformity to customer requirements.  Test accuracy must be dependable and reproducible at all times.  Technicians must be capable of evaluating test results for credibility (know when to believe or not) and retest if necessary. Includes the preparation of chemical solutions according to standard formulas.

25% - Responsible for final approval of all shipments to customers either by truck or rail.  No non-conformances are acceptable on shipments.  Analyze oil from storage tanks and process line samples to ensure it conforms to customer requirements.  Coordinate loading of truck and rail shipments per loadout schedule. Record all test results in Unilab and create COA’s and other necessary reports.  Prepares graphs and charts if needed.

10% - Monitor Food Safety CCPs, OPRP’s and PRP’s – including but not limited to analysis of finished oil loadout samples, process samples, additive addition testing and monitoring, and accuracy of lot coding and COA for all incoming ingredients. Perform Food Saftey verification of production records. 

Carry out any other duties as assigned. 

• Technical diploma/Associates degree in a chemical technology or biotechnology or a relevant scientific field. 
• Basic knowledge of analytical lab terminology. 
• Demonstrated ability to communicate with a sense of urgency with other functional partners in the operations environment.
• Demonstrated ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. 
• Demonstrated ability to apply concepts such as dilutions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
• Demonstrated ability to read and interpret documents such as, technical procedures, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. 
• Demonstrated competency in computer software such as spreadsheets, word processing and databases. 
• Ability to solve practical problems and make timely decisions with limited amount of information.

• Bachelor’s degree from a four year College or university in a scientific field with at least 3 years food manufacturing experience.
• Instrumentation Knowledge: experience with wet chemistry, Gas Chromatography, Atomic Absorption, Refractometer, Rancimat, and Lovibond Colorimeter.
• Have participated or led continual improvement teams in a laboratory setting (e.g. have used 5S projects, Kaizen events, reduction of testing cycle times).
• Have participated or lead teams that have developed quality standard operating procedures.
• Experience with USDA and FDA regulatory requirements.