Oversee quality systems and training as it applies to laboratory operations. Responsible for the application, evaluation and training of approved microbiological/chemical techniques and methodologies used in the analysis of food products. The position is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the ISO / IEC 17025 guide for food testing laboratories. Maintain frequent contact with the Director of Quality and Training. Works closely in assisting in the daily functions associated with the maintenance of the quality and training systems and providing technical support to laboratory operations.
Implement and maintain quality systems in accordance with regulatory agency requirements to include, but not limited to, ISO/IEC 17025, A2LA, FDA and USDA.
Monitor quality control programs and ensure compliance to Quality Policies, Standard Operating Procedures, A2LA requirements and ISO/IEC 17025 guidelines.
Perform internal audits as scheduled in the Internal Audit Program and as assigned by management as well as external audits to identify opportunities for improvement in the quality system and training programs.
Manage the laboratory’s Document Control System and facilitate implementation of policy and procedural updates.
Manage the laboratory’s Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA) system and technical client inquiries.
Coordinate and manage the laboratory’s Proficiency Testing (PT) program.
Monitor the Laboratory Control Sample (LCS) Program and review the laboratory’s Statistical Process Charts (SPC).
Manage the laboratory’s Equipment Calibration and Verification program
Monitor the laboratory’s PT performance, assess training needs, administer technical and quality system training for new and current laboratory personnel according to FSNS standard operating procedures and maintain training and competency records ensuring continuous improvement.
On-board new technologies relative to quality and training program development.
Maintain a high degree of technical competence by reading scientific journals, attending professional workshops, and being aware of food industry issues and trends.
Provide technical support to the laboratory and clients.
Manage work schedule to accommodate laboratory needs.
This position works closely as part of the Laboratory Management Team and has the authority to stop work and request sample resets as necessary.
Assisting with managing priorities and schedule such that individual goals as well as team goals are achieved with encouraged participation in the Food Safety Net Services Team
Responsible for the safety of oneself and others working within their area
Responsible for the completion of required training
Authorized for method verification
Directly supervise employees.
Carry out all responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, standard operating procedures and best practices.
Assist in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations at all times.
MS degree (or pursuing MS degree) in Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, Food Safety, or an applicable field required
Ability to differentiate between colors is required
2-3 years of experience in a Microbiological testing laboratory required; food Microbiology preferred
Training experience required
Laboratory/technical auditing experience required
ISO / IEC 17025 knowledge required
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and to handle other communications/computer components
Potential exposure to odors, fumes, airborne particles, hazardous chemicals, and microbiological pathogens
Noise level varies from quiet to loud
Temperature varies from hot to cold
Interactive and fast-paced team oriented tasks
Overnight Travel is required at the discretion of management
Food Safety Net Services (FSNS) is a network of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratories that provide a wide range of microbiological testing and chemical analysis. Testing includes but is not limited to non routine and routine quantitative and qualitative analysis following standardized and validated methods such as AOAC, USDA, AOCS, FDA, ASTA as well as others. In addition to our comprehensive scope of laboratory testing, FSNS also provides a full menu of auditing services that synergistically improve the effectiveness of food safety and quality programs. Our experts help you ensure that your food safety and quality programs deliver the critical information you need to continually improve your process controls and measurement systems. We assist you to meet and help you develop effective contingency planning for governmental regulatory requirements. Services Include: **Laboratory Services Including Microbiological Analysis & Chemistry Testing **Nutritional Labeling (NLEA) **Education **Special Projects Including Validation and Challenge Studies **Crisis Management **Research