Quality Lab Technician (Evening Shift 6pm-6am)

Job Number: 13534
Location(s): Buffalo, NY

General Mills is reshaping the future of food. We believe food makes us better. It nourishes our bodies, brings us joy and connects us to each other. As one of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Annie’s Homegrown, Old El Paso, Epic Provisions, Blue Buffalo and more. Are you passionate about the future of food? You’ve come to the right table. We want the very best talent to help lead something big.

Job Details

Overview & Responsibilities

The General Mills Buffalo Plant manufactures Flour and Cereal products for our North America Retail and Convenience and Foodservice Business segments. The flour products are targeted to a wide variety of customers within our Convenience and Foodservice division. Our cereal products include a variety of sizes and packing configurations of Cheerios, Honey Nut, Blueberry and Very Berry Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Corn Chex and Honey Nut Chex. This plant has a long history in Buffalo and began as a flour mill in 1903. Today, the plant focuses on achieving its Destination Zero journey by focusing on our Zero Loss principles as well as in building a One Buffalo culture.

This position will provide day-to-day, on-line Quality support for the Buffalo plant, which will include analytical testing, sensory evaluation and communication and interpretation of Good Manufacturing Practices, HACCP and other Food Safety and Quality procedures.

Shift Information

  • Night shift position with 6 pm – 6 am hours
  • Rotating schedule, including weekends

Key Accountabilities

  • Complete analytical (chemical and physical) testing of ingredients, packaging and finished products
  • Enter data into a computer-based information system
  • Approve product against product specifications
  • Troubleshoot out of specification product, handle hold orders and making sound risk decisions
  • Partner with team leaders and operators to evaluate food safety and quality risks, influence appropriate decisions and support plant productivity
  • Complete internal reference material (IRM) program activities and SPC control charting and analysis
  • Have intermediate knowledge of instrumentation and troubleshooting
  • Complete start-up, changeover and bulk pack inspections and other sanitation accountabilities
  • Lead shift sensory panel to ensure product is meeting all sensory requirements
  • Make up chemical solutions and complete equipment calibrations
  • Lead designated quality programs such as retain management, glass and brittle plastic, COA management, bulk pack formula auditing and packaging label verification
Qualifications
  • Minimum 2 years/prefer 4 years post-secondary education with emphasis in Food Science, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Quality Assurance or related technical discipline
  • Minimum 1-2 years Quality Assurance/Control laboratory/analytical testing experience or related experience
  • Strong problem-solving skills with a proactive approach to identifying and solving problems
  • Good communication and influence skills
  • Experience and desire to work in a team environment
  • Strong statistical skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to learn new tasks and take on additional accountability to support the Food Safety & Quality (FSQ) function
  • Schedule flexibility is required. Rotating weekend work, overtime, and off shift coverage is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant food or pharmaceutical manufacturing experience
  • Understanding of risk assessment and regulatory requirements
  • Familiarity of HPLC and auto titration instrumentation and techniques
  • Results oriented
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Knowledge of OSHA chemical safety requirements/hazardous materials training
  • Basic understanding of continuous improvement processes
  • Relevant work experience in an ISO environment

Overview & Responsibilities

The General Mills Buffalo Plant manufactures Flour and Cereal products for our North America Retail and Convenience and Foodservice Business segments. The flour products are targeted to a wide variety of customers within our Convenience and Foodservice division. Our cereal products include a variety of sizes and packing configurations of Cheerios, Honey Nut, Blueberry and Very Berry Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Corn Chex and Honey Nut Chex. This plant has a long history in Buffalo and began as a flour mill in 1903. Today, the plant focuses on achieving its Destination Zero journey by focusing on our Zero Loss principles as well as in building a One Buffalo culture.

This position will provide day-to-day, on-line Quality support for the Buffalo plant, which will include analytical testing, sensory evaluation and communication and interpretation of Good Manufacturing Practices, HACCP and other Food Safety and Quality procedures.

Shift Information

  • Night shift position with 6 pm – 6 am hours
  • Rotating schedule, including weekends

Key Accountabilities

  • Complete analytical (chemical and physical) testing of ingredients, packaging and finished products
  • Enter data into a computer-based information system
  • Approve product against product specifications
  • Troubleshoot out of specification product, handle hold orders and making sound risk decisions
  • Partner with team leaders and operators to evaluate food safety and quality risks, influence appropriate decisions and support plant productivity
  • Complete internal reference material (IRM) program activities and SPC control charting and analysis
  • Have intermediate knowledge of instrumentation and troubleshooting
  • Complete start-up, changeover and bulk pack inspections and other sanitation accountabilities
  • Lead shift sensory panel to ensure product is meeting all sensory requirements
  • Make up chemical solutions and complete equipment calibrations
  • Lead designated quality programs such as retain management, glass and brittle plastic, COA management, bulk pack formula auditing and packaging label verification

Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years/prefer 4 years post-secondary education with emphasis in Food Science, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Quality Assurance or related technical discipline
  • Minimum 1-2 years Quality Assurance/Control laboratory/analytical testing experience or related experience
  • Strong problem-solving skills with a proactive approach to identifying and solving problems
  • Good communication and influence skills
  • Experience and desire to work in a team environment
  • Strong statistical skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to learn new tasks and take on additional accountability to support the Food Safety & Quality (FSQ) function
  • Schedule flexibility is required. Rotating weekend work, overtime, and off shift coverage is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Relevant food or pharmaceutical manufacturing experience
  • Understanding of risk assessment and regulatory requirements
  • Familiarity of HPLC and auto titration instrumentation and techniques
  • Results oriented
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Knowledge of OSHA chemical safety requirements/hazardous materials training
  • Basic understanding of continuous improvement processes
  • Relevant work experience in an ISO environment

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