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Lab Technician Microbiology

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 Technician is responsible for the accurate performance of all microbiological testing and sampling at the Hilmar Facility.  Ensure the timely and accurate flow of information to the plant staff and customer service by maintaining files and entering results into data base.  Interpret results and initiate endpoint testing as needed.  Maintain ledgers and equipment in order to insure the validation of all processes.  Assist in the compilation of data or initiation of new testing as needed.

Job Responsibilities

  • Learn and efficiently perform lab tests presently conducted, and lab testing initiated in the future.
  • Will be expected to be flexible and at most times able to do multiple test steps at once.
  • Ability to assume duties without being asked and solve problems on an independent basis.
  • Should be quick and efficient with small motor activities.
  • Will be expected to report results.
  • Must be able to follow instructions completely and in detail.
  • Enter test results into the database, and generate reports.
  • Comply with all internal and external lab proficiency tests.
  • All other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Demonstrates proficiency on position specific needs and analysis requirements
  • Demonstrates compliance of the proficiency tests by generating results that consistently fall within 2 z-scores.
  • The ability to read, study, understand and implement published lab procedures and tasks.
  • As tasks are introduced, lab staff may be asked to take a written procedure, order their own supplies, and start performing the testing with little input.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with internal customers
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Manage and maintain confidential information
  • Maintain professional standards and demonstrate sound judgment during peaks periods of activity
  • Annual completion of OSHA required safety training.
  • Promote Company Culture
  • Achieve common business goals through cooperative alignment with all departments.

What You Will Need

  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English
  • 4 months experience in a laboratory or production setting
  •  Experience working with Microsoft Office Software such as Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Ability to lift 45 lbs

What Will Put You Ahead

  • High School Diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Microbiology, or related field
  • Intermediate experience with SAP and SharePoint

Physical Demands

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 areas.
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 is frequently exposed to the following: 

  • Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or other irritating substances.
  • Exposure to solvents or chemicals.
  • Exposure to slippery walking surfaces: water.
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity depending on time of year.

Working surface is primarily concrete. Where standing is required, there are rubber mats which are one-half inch thick.

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