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Coordinator - Lab Services

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.

 

Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Lab Coordinator is responsible for providing oversight and leadership to all laboratory services at their respective site. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for assuring the proficiency, accuracy and precision of all lab analysis methods through instrument management and maintenance systems and strict adherence to SOP’s for sample analysis. Responsible for ensuring all documents are released, reviewed, and revised as needed, and gathers appropriate approvals prior to release for use
  • Manage data collection and reporting of in-process and finished product variability, trends, and process capabilities, ensuring that Operations Teams are provided week-to-week and month-to-month quality performance results including; compliance to product specifications. Responsible for facilitating third party and customer audits (excluding regulatory) and ensures the timely execution and completion of subsequent corrective actions, without delay
  • Responsible for coordinating and ensuring all third party samples are completed and shipped in a timely fashion
  • Manage and order laboratory supplies
  • Responsible for the internal lab standards and proficiency programs.
  • Responsible for maintaining lab 3rd party certifications and conducting 3rd party lab audits
  • Develop and mentor professional growth and the advancement of the lab staff.

What You Will Need

  • Bachelor's degree plus 5 years of related experience or equivalent experience
  • 2 years of professional advancement through leadership positions of increasing responsibility 
  • Working knowledge of SQF (Safe Quality Foods) Code or other approved GFSI Standards
  • Knowledge of production operations, laboratory, quality and food safety
  • Working knowledge of SQF (Safe Quality Foods) Code or other approved GFSI Standards
  • Ability to lift 45 lbs.

What Will Put You Ahead

  • Master’s degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Biological Sciences or related field
  • Background in GFSI standards as related to lab certification. PCQI and SQF Practitioner Certified
  • Technical knowledge of laboratory analysis, plant operations and quality management
  • Knowledge of SAP

Physical Demands

  • Master’s degree in Food Science, Food Technology, Biological Sciences or related field
  • Background in GFSI standards as related to lab certification. PCQI and SQF Practitioner Certified
  • Technical knowledge of laboratory analysis, plant operations and quality management
  • Knowledge of SAP

Work Environment

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.

 

This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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Nearest Major Market: Amarillo