Quality Laboratory Technician Boulevard

Quality Laboratory Technician

Full Time • Boulevard
SUMMARY
The Quality Technician is responsible for duties in several areas of Quality Control/Quality Assurance. This person will be trained and perform work duties in Sensory, Packaging, Analytical and Micro. The position will include a possible weekend day, variable hours, (including possible early AM shifts) and variable days. 
 
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Specifically, the responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following activities: 
  • Chem/phys: 
    • Run routine testing such as Bitterness units, color, VDKs, Alcohols, end gravities, haze, pHs, etc.
    • Ensure general cleanliness of lab and instrumentation; perform routine maintenance on laboratory equipment and troubleshoot analytical issues. 
    • Maintain QC analytical database; includes, but is not limited to data entry, record keeping, trending, data analysis and follow-up with brewing and cellaring teams. 
  • Sensory:
    • Help organize, run, record and analyze results for 1 to 2 Sensory Panels per day, a minimum of 4 days per week including:
    • Run panel testing for true to type and release tastings on all packaged products
    • Complete threshold testing 
    • Complete age profiles to test flavor stability and shelf life
    • Complete descriptive panels for beer flavor attributes and threshold testing
    • Complete preference and difference tests
    • Complete raw material tasting, including CO2, Brew water and de-aerated water
    • Complete bright beer and fermenter release testing
    • Maintain the warm and cold beer libraries in an organized, chronological fashion ensuring that it contains samples from all bottle, can and keg products for a designated time period
  • Micro:
    • Prepare media, sterile water, sterile saline and reagents. Use of aseptic techniques to membrane filter, spread plate, and prep samples for PCR. Clean and autoclave micro equipment
  • Packaging:
    • Complete package testing for CO2, TPO, DO, AE, alcohol, density, pH, bottle fill heights, crimp checks, secure seal testing, seam checks on cans, and keg testing and sample collection 
    • Confirm package integrity checks including date code checks, glue checks, proper materials are used etc.
  • Product development:
    • Work with Brewmaster to develop new products by maintaining and organizing raw material library
  • Work safely and maintain a clean & safe working environment at all times; understand hazards and utilize the appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned
KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
 
QUALIFICATIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Degree in biochemistry, food sciences or related field with at least 2 years of college level chemistry. Brewery experience is a plus.
 
LANGUAGE SKILLS: 
Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical journals pertaining to quality assurance, sensory, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, and biology or food sciences. Ability to communicate and present information effectively before all levels of employees, sensory panelists, and management.
 
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: 
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent. Ability to perform mathematical analysis and statistical inference, analysis and report on findings. 
 
REASONING ABILITY: 
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to analyze and solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to use logic and methods to solve problems with effective solutions. Ability to develop new and unique ideas. Ability to anticipate future consequences and trends accurately and create effective strategies and plans.
 
COMPUTER SKILLS AND ABLITIES:
Ability to operate and use a PC computer, proficient in Microsoft Office suite of programs. Ability to create and use spreadsheets as well as draft well-written reports.  
 
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 in a lab and production environment. Noise, dust, variable temperature and use of production chemicals are also typical in this work environment.  May be required to work and direct in confined spaces, and work with high-pressure steam. 
 
EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY USED:
Not limited to GC, GC/MS, DMA 4500/Alcolyzer Plus, Spectrometer, Can Seam Analysis, Densito meter, orbishere D.O. and TPO meters, Haffmans Gehaltemeter 
 
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Strong attention to detail with the ability to produce accrue precise and reproducible data. Understanding of scientific principles for quality control and quality assurance. Practical knowledge of brewhouse, cellar, and packaging processes/operations. Knowledge of brewing & fermentation process, causes and/or production of off flavors and aromas, and sensory science. Ability to perform mathematical and statistical analysis. Ability to work well in a team environment and ability to manage multiple tasks. Ability to take initiative, act promptly and be proactive with minimal supervision. Excellent organizational and investigative skills. Familiar with standard laboratory instrumentation such as pH meters, spectrophotometer, centrifuges, GC, autoclave, and microscope. Must have flexibility in shift schedule.
 
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 is regularly required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, type, handle or feel objects and tools. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and rarely lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
 

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





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