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QA/QC Technician

Role: Project-Based Associate

About Plenty

Plenty is on a mission to make fresh, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables more accessible to everyone. Our cutting-edge indoor, vertical farms produce extraordinary yields using a fraction of the land and water outdoor farms need. Nutrient-rich, mouth-watering and locally grown, our crops help people, communities and our planet to be healthier and more resilient.

The people and teams who make up Plenty are at the core of how we do this. We are a collaborative and innovative bunch. We are passionate about our contributions to Plenty, the communities around us and our planet, but never take ourselves too seriously. We’re down to Earth, we grow together, and we always find a way. Most importantly, we’re here to improve the lives of plants, people and our planet. 

About the role

Plenty is looking for a contract QA/QC Technician to join our Farm Operations team. In this role, you will be responsible for testing, inspection of products and processes at various points in the manufacturing process to ensure adherence to company quality & food safety standards. You will also responsible for establishing and executing the disposition of products that do not meet company quality standards.

What you'll do

  • Conduct Quality Audits to ensure product being produced meets established quality standards
  • Conduct analytical testing of product and raw materials used for or during manufacture to assure they meet company standards
  • Recommend modifications of existing quality or production standards to achieve optimum quality
  • Assess the quality of incoming materials to make sure they meet specifications
  • Audit the paperwork of operators to ensure they are conducting checks at the required frequency
  • Attend the shift transition meeting on a daily basis representing the QA department
  • Evaluate current testing protocols and recommend improvements
  • Hold non-conforming raw materials, packaging materials, WIP and finished product be able to investigate and trouble shoot the non-conformity and provide the appropriate disposition for product not meeting company quality standards
  • Conduct product analysis with operations to evaluate current product quality and prevent large-scale issues
  • Conduct co-manufacturing product analysis on retain samples and maintain records of result data
  • Assist in training new technicians as necessary
  • Create documents as needed and ensure that documents being utilized accurately reflect current processes and methodology
  • Maintain the work area 5s system
  • Utilize Good Laboratory Practice when conducting testing
  • Identify and generate graphs for QA Key Results
  • Utilize computer to enter and track test result data
  • Evaluate test data and report deviations from existing standards
  • Evaluate incoming material Certificate of Analysis (COA) against the current company specifications. Validate COA through either internal or outside lab testing of product according to specified audit frequency

What you'll bring to the table

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer skills, Microsoft Windows and Office
  • Minimum 3 years QA experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to be precise and accurate
  • Ability to make good judgment and decisions during their shift
  • Ability to read and follow documents (Standard Operating Procedures and Test Methods)
  • Knowledge of GMP, 5s, GLP, HACCP and Quality & Food Safety Systems
  • BS/A in an applicable technical field (Industrial Engineering, Quality, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science Engineering) Preferred
  • High School Diploma required
  • Team player
  • Strong math skills
  • Analytical skills
  • For business and safety reasons, must be able to communicate effectively via verbal and written methods

Type of role

Contract

Onsite

What we can offer

  • Compensation; we’ll pay you a competitive wage on a biweekly basis
  • Health & well-being; we’ll invest in your physical and mental well-being with comprehensive medical benefits after 90 days and in-office gyms 
  • Food; in-office lunches, snacks and access to our leafy greens & new products in development -- are you up for a side gig as a taste tester?
  • Grow together; learning & development opportunities including unlimited access to our Upstart University platform, LinkedIn Learning, lunch & learns, training certifications, and more
  • Equipment; we’ll provide you with the equipment you need to be successful, including $75/month toward your phone bill 
  • Sick leave & holidays; we offer 24 hours of sick leave and double pay for any holidays worked

Food safety requirements

  • Comply with all Plant, State and Federal OSHA, EPA, FDA, HACCP, and SQF regulations
  • Comply with GMP/GAPS in the Facility
  • Conduct monitoring activities to assure finished product comply with food safety and quality specifications
  • Assist in the maintenance of Food Safety and Quality system