Quality Assurance Technician in San Leandro, CA at Apex Life Sciences

Date Posted: 3/14/2018

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Job Description

Quality Assurance Tech Needed!


Responsible for testing, inspection of products and processes at various points in the manufacturing process to ensure adherence to company quality & food safety standards.  The technician is also responsible for establishing and executing the disposition of products that do not meet company quality standards.

This position is responsible for performing and documenting quality and food safety checks as required, to ensure all products meet Company ’s quality standards and food safety requirements.

Scope of Responsibilities:

Quality Assurance & Factory

  • Conduct Quality Audits of lines and ‘self control’ paperwork to ensure product being produced meets established quality standards.
  • Monitor electronic weight and attribute system to ensure compliance to company weight and quality standards.  Communicate deviations to the appropriate department for corrective action.
  • Conduct analytical testing of product and raw materials used for or during manufacture to assure they meet company standards.  Some tests include: color, particle size, fat content, moisture content, viscosity, pH, count per pound, free fatty acid and peroxide value, flavor, etc.
  • Recommend modifications of existing quality or production standards to achieve optimum quality within limits of equipment capability.
  • Assess the quality of incoming materials to make sure they meet specifications. Utilize the TraceGains tracking system to ensure that the COAs are in compliance for all lots delivered.
  • Maintain proper calibration/verification of laboratory equipment and document in the Internal Control Plan.  Take appropriate action to correct equipment deviations or notify QA Supervisor of any problems.
  • Conduct environmental sampling at the required frequency in adherence to the Environmental Monitoring Program.
  • Audit the paperwork of operators to ensure they are conducting magnet, screen & metal detection 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.
  • Verify and document proper allergen cleanup after production changeover.
  • 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 case cutting 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.
  • Participate in other sensory evaluations as required.
  • Assist in training new technicians as necessary.
  • Create documents on SharePoint as needed and ensure that documents being utilized accurately reflect current processes and methodology
  • Conduct monthly food safety self inspection audits of areas within the facility
  • Maintain the laboratory and work area 5s system
  • Utilize Good Laboratory Practice when conducting testing, handling out of specification results, labeling solutions, data entry into Quality Tracker etc
  • Identify and generate graphs for QA Key Performance Indicators
  • Conduct verification checks on CCP


  • 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.
  • Prepare Certificates of Analysis (COAs) for customers upon requests


  • Good verbal and written communication skills needed to communicate with co-workers at shift change and to communicate quality issues to operations employees and supervisors.
  • For business and safety reasons, must be able to communicate effectively verbally and in written English.


  • Order needed supplies for lab
  • Special projects as required.
  • Other miscellaneous duties as assigned

Position Profile: Attributes for Success

Specific Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Excellent computer skills, Microsoft Windows and Office.
    • Team player.
    • Strong math skills.
    • Analytical skills.
    • 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.

Education and Work Experience:

  • BS degree in Food Science or related discipline required and one to two years related experience.


Shares Passion for Company :

  • Energized by challenges
  • Shows enthusiasm for the role
  • Action oriented and full of energy for pursuing business goals
  • Seizes opportunities
  • Willing to be a champion for the company
  • Committed to doing quality work.

Leads by Example:

  • Owns his/her job and contributions in current role
  • Proactively shares his/her perspective even when different or potentially challenging
  • Meets commitments
  • Treats people with respect.
  • Knows when to offer help and when to ask for it.

Thinks and Operates Strategically:

  • Collects information from multiple sources when defining goals/objectives
  • Develops broad knowledge and perspective within area of expertise
  • Is forward-looking within role/responsibility area
  • Works through complexity to get at the root of problems
  • Projects how potential ideas will impact key stakeholders
  • Thinks through their immediate actions in relation to achievement of the business plan.

Collaborates Effectively:

  • Builds partnerships across different parts of the organization
  • Looks for opportunities to help others
  • Respects the perspectives of others
  • Actively participates in an environment where learning is a core part of teamwork
  • Shares problem-solving and risk taking with all team members

Develops Self and Others:

  • Is accountable for his/her own performance and growth
  • Seeks to understand skills important to success in role
  • Is a self-starter with regard to development
  • Is self aware – identifies strengths and limitations
  • Is open to and actively solicits coaching and feedback
  • Offers feedback to others

Communicates Effectively:

  • Utilizes the most appropriate communication vehicle for the situation
  • Listens attentively and comprehends messages accurately
  • Asks questions to seek understanding
  • Provides information timely
  • Writes and speaks with clarity and consistency
  • Is seen as a trusted, truthful individual
  • Communicates in a respectful manner at all times

Drives for Results:

  • Holds self accountable for driving to high standards and achieving results
  • Establishes specific work plans as needed to achieve results
  • Makes timely decisions even under tight deadlines and with incomplete information
  • Appropriately prioritizes work based on short and long term requirements

Embraces Change:

  • Generates new ideas or ways of doing things
  • Can shift gears comfortably
  • Open to new ideas
  • Sees the merits of differing positions or opposing viewpoints
  • Supports change initiatives
  • Deals effectively with personal responses to change efforts

Fosters Innovation:

  • Thinks through problems systematically
  • Generates ideas for new ways of doing things
  • Is willing to make changes to implement improvements
  • Advocates for a new idea or approach
  • Takes calculated risks in order to get results

Delights Customers:

  • Displays a genuine interest in enabling others to be successful
  • Takes ownership to resolve problems, exhibits a 'can-do' attitude
  • Responds promptly
  • Utilizes all possible resources to help others regardless of role or team
  • Utilizes expertise and knowledge to provide solutions to meet customer needs
  • Accurately assess the needs of others by listening carefully and asking appropriate questions

Creates a Stimulating Team Environment:

  • Understands his/her own role on the team
  • Is open to differences; relates well with others
  • Treats everyone with respect
  • Shares best practices and expertise with both peers and leaders to improve individual and team performance
  • Communicates in a way that makes others want to participate in the team process.

Influences Courageously:

  • Seeks to find common ground
  • Uses data and facts to sell ideas
  • Builds trust by putting the teams interests first
  • Can be both direct and persistent as well as diplomatic
  • Shares contrary ideas

Working Conditions:

  • Occasional to Constant Repetitive Fine Manipulation (keyboarding, ten key, writing)
  • Rare to Occasional Simple Grasping
  • Rare to Occasional ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Occasional Sitting
  • Constant Walking
  • Constant Standing
  • Rare to Occasional twisting of the neck and waist
  • Rare to Occasional Reaching at or below the Shoulder level
  • Rare to Occasional usage of verbal communication equipment (telephone, radio, cellular)
  • Rare to Occasional Squatting/Bending/Stooping/Stretching
  • Work in laboratory with equipment and machinery
  • High noise environment
  • A willingness to work weekend hours, overtime and any of the all shifts required.

email: jabarta@apexlifesciences.com

EEO Employer

Apex is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Apex will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law. If you have visited our website in search of information on employment opportunities or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation in using our website for a search or application, please contact our Employee Services Department at employeeservices@apexsystemsinc.com or 844-463-6178.