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Part Time to Full Time
Food and Beverage
Apex Life Sciences is in need of a Lab Technician to work a part time to full time position with a Food Testing Lab in the Buffalo, NY area.
The position will work about 3 days/week and generally 24-36 hours per week.
This position will be a THIRD shift schedule, so interested candidates should be able to work overnight hours, including a 12 hour shift. The schedule will be either 6pm to 6am or 6pm to 2am, any day of the week, so working occasional weekends is a must.
The hiring manager would prefer candidates with some experience in an analytical lab or a degree in chemistry or microbiology.
Minimum 2 years/prefer 4 years post secondary education with emphasis in Food Science, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Environmental, Quality Assurance or related technical discipline
Minimum 1-2 years laboratory/analytical testing experience or related experience (this experience can be from a university)
Strong problem solving skills with a proactive approach to identifying and solving problems
Good communication and influence skills
Experience and desire to work in a team environment
Strong statistical skills
Strong interpersonal skills
Basic computer skills
Good organizational skills
Willingness to learn new tasks and take on additional accountability to support the QRO function
Schedule flexibility is required. Rotating weekend work, overtime, and off shift coverage is required
Ideal candidates have:
Relevant food or pharmaceutical manufacturing experience
Understanding of risk assessment and regulatory requirements
Familiarity of HPLC and auto titration instrumentation and techniques
Demonstrated leadership skills
Knowledge of OSHA chemical safety requirements/hazardous materials training
Basic understanding of continuous improvement processes
Relevant work experience in an ISO environment
Daily analytical (chemical and physical) testing of ingredients, packaging, and finished products
Data entry into computer-based information system (MQIS)
Approval of product against product specifications (PLM)
Troubleshooting out of specification product, handling hold orders through the HiFi (SAP) system, and making sound risk decisions
Working closely in partnership with team leaders and operators to evaluate food safety and quality risks, influence appropriate decisions and support plant productivity
Manage quality or food safety related risk decisions on off shift, involving others as required
Internal reference material (IRM) program activities and SPC control charting and analysis
Intermediate knowledge of instrumentation and troubleshooting
Startup, changeover, and bulk pack inspections and other sanitation accountabilities
Sensory panel leadership and participation
Perform environmental monitoring program swabbing
Chemical solutions makeup and equipment calibrations
Lead designated quality programs such as retain management, glass and brittle plastic, COA management, bulk pack formula auditing, internal system auditing