Lab Technician

Primary Purpose of the Position: This position will be responsible for the performing the daily functions of the Quality Assurance Laboratory including all laboratory testing, evaluation and analysis of results, process quality checks and inspections. Responsible for documentation and communication of laboratory findings.

Key Responsibilities: The following statements describe the key responsibilities to be performed by the position. Key responsibilities are those the individual must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.

  • Perform daily evaluation and approval of finished products, process quality checks, basic microbiological testing. 
  • Responsible for equipment calibration, troubleshooting, and calculation of dilutions. 
  • Conducts ingredient inspections, packaging inspections, inventory control and maintains sample archives.
  • Conducts laboratory tests including solvent extraction, sieving, pH, protein, fiber, fat, ash, microbiological plating, and all raw
    ingredients and finished packaged product testing.
  • Responsible for recording test results and communication with operating departments and management on test results.
  • Performs in-process quality checks and collects test samples as needed.
  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment and perform mechanical maintenance.
  • Ability to perform all tasks with little to no supervision.
  • Responsible for general clean-up of the laboratory work areas to ensure a clean, safe work environment.
  • Lifeline Foods’ philosophy is to maintain a flexible, cooperative and collaborating work environment. In that regard, this position will be expected to perform duties outside the key responsibilities.
  • Maintains and adheres to the LifeLine Foods Code of Team Behavior.
  • Responsible for food safety and quality.

Minimum Requirements: The following is the requisite education and/or work experience for this position.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry, biology or food science preferred, or three years of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Ability to read and interpret documents in the English language such as sales contracts and procedure manuals.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and all standard programs used by the industry and the ability to learn and effectively use any and all other computer programs that are or will be made available.
  • Ability to effectively and clearly communicate with others both internally and outside of the Company.
  • Ability to communicate fluently and write effectively in both English and Spanish is preferred.

Physical Qualifications: The physical demands described here as a 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.

  • Regularly required to walk and move about the facility and remain on feet for extended periods of time.
  • Required to use hands to finger; handle, feel/hold objects; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; speak; hear, taste and smell.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and platforms, enter confined spaces and wear all safety equipment.
  • While the work schedule for this position is generally during core business hours Monday – Friday, the hours and days of work may be augmented/changed at the discretion of management to support business needs.

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.

  • The work environment is a combination of lab and manufacturing, including non-climate controlled areas.
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.
  • Occasionally works near moving mechanical parts.
  • Occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles (including dust), risk of electrical shock and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually mild.

Hours: 12-Hour Nights