In Process Sampling Technician (Nights)

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 Cheese Laboratory In-Process Sampling Technician is responsible for successfully performing daily in-process sampling of cheese from plants and job responsibilities as assigned.  Ensure accurate and timely flow of information to Operations, Product Release Teams, and Site and Corporate QA. Help to support production quality.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assists with performing aseptic in-process sampling for each batch of production. 
  • Assists with effectively tracking sampling from multiple plants simultaneously.
  • Read, study, understand and implement published lab procedures and tasks.  As new tasks are introduced, staff may be asked to take a written procedure and perform testing with little input.
  • Work closely with other technicians to ensure timely results.
  • Work closely with operations and take the initiative to act on any changes or upsets in production.
  • Must follow instructions completely and in detail while working with minimal supervision.
  • Annual completion of OSHA required safety training.
  • Active participation and ownership in your training and development program and associated activities, classes and events, which will be held before, during, after shifts and during scheduled days off.  
  • Help coach and train teammates and participate in on the job, buddy training.
  • Place high priority on food safety and sanitation by understanding and executing HCC’s food safety and sanitation policies and procedures. 
  • Hold self and others accountable to HCC’s food safety & sanitation guidelines and policies by communicating any food safety incident, observation, or opportunity to your leadership team or teammates. 
  • Participate in food safety and sanitation root cause analysis and improvement activities when required.  
  • Prioritize safety above all other job duties by having a safety first approach at all times. 
  • Report any safety issues, observations, opportunities to your teams and follow up.  
  • Participate in departmental safety teams.

What You Will Need

  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English
  • High school diploma or GED from an accredited institution.
  • Must be open to working weekends, holidays and rotating shifts (day/swing/graveyard) and working overtime as required. 
  • Experience with Word, Excel and PowerPoint at a basic level.
  • Ability to lift 45lbs

What Will Put You Ahead

  • 4 months experience in a laboratory or production setting
  • Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry or related field

Physical Demands & Work Environment

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to:

  • Stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear.
  • Stand and walk almost the entire workday.
  • Employees must be physically capable of working in any of the job tasks within their respective area.
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending.

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