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Laboratory Data Support/Technician Featured

  2021-07-15     Yakima Chief Hops     555 West South Hill Road  

Job Title: Laboratory Data Support/Technician                                    

Department: Quality

Classification: Non-exempt/Hourly                                                        

Reports to: Laboratory Supervisor


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Job Qualifications:

  1. BA/BS in Chemistry, Biology, or related field; or related experience with a strong background in data management.
  2. Must be able to learn ERP systems to perform data entry.
  3. Excellent mathematical, communication and computer skills, be strongly detail oriented and be able to easily multi-task.
  4. Should be able to independently initiate, prioritize, and perform or solve work problems and ultimately achieve work objectives and meet deadlines.
  5. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook etc.).
  6. Must be able to effectively communicate in written and verbal form with co-workers, supervisor, and management.
  7. Must be able to work independently and as a team member.
  8. Follow written (Standard Operating Procedures -SOP’s, company memos & emails) and verbal Instructions.
  9. Familiarity with plant and lab equipment operation and SOPs.
  10. Possess a strong work ethic to positively contribute to the company’s mission, vision, values and environmental policy and quality policy.
  11. Must have a positive attitude, support co-workers to obtain desired objectives, and assist others in their contributions.
  12. Ability to adapt to changing paces and processes quickly.
  13. Ability to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (in required areas) for extended periods of time.
  14. Handle hazardous chemicals and waste safely according to their MSDS’s and SOP’s.
  15. Attentive to the task and own surroundings.

Job Summary: The purpose of this position is to provide a focus on data support to the laboratory by optimizing, enhancing, and improving the data integration and data services that support our data-centric analytic applications in addition to analyzing the samples presented in the lab by the   company or customers.

Job Duties:

  1. Act as main support for maintaining and assisting with all data related processes.
  • Import production and receipt data into X3. Move product to A/R/smartsheet.
  • Assist supervisor in review of all harvest data at time of receipt for accuracy.
  • Review daily production data for quality concerns.
  • Collaborate with operations when new samples are needed due to quality concerns and work with supervisor to investigate any non-conforming issues.
  • Assist with tracking MRL codes of products.
  • Track external and internal customer samples and report results to customers.
  • Assist supervisor with tracking advanced product QC data.
  • Review process controls to ensure lab is within limits.Maintain current operations data processes.
  1. Analyze incoming samples as per protocol and SOPs.
    • Sample preparation of leaf hops, cryo products, pellets, extract, and advanced products.
    • Analysis of samples by UV, HPLC, titration, NIR.
    • Steam distillation to determine oil content.
    • Moisture analysis by air oven or distillation.
    • Gas Chromatography analysis of hop oils.
  2. Operate the following equipment:
    • Gas Chromatograph with FID – Agilent Technologies
    • HPLC - Agilent Technologies
    • UV Spectrometer – Perkin Elmer
    • Titrator – Mettler Toledo
    • NIR – Perkin Elmer
    • pH Meter
  3. Laboratory team member
    • Assist in maintaining cleanliness and appearance of lab.
    • Follow safety requirements.
    • Enter data in Excel, ERP, LIMS and other software and communicate results.
    • Communicate both verbally and in writing effectively with customers and other YCH teams to share results and present ideas.
    • Assist in maintaining all analysis equipment to ensure accuracy and dependability.
    • Assist in the investigation and resolution of quality issues.
    • Assist supervisor with tracking lab supplies.
    • Assist in waste disposal and transportation to chemical shed.
    • Maintain retain samples.
  4. Remain up to date with current and future technology that applies to the lab.
  5. Perform other duties within the company as required.
  6. Continuously look for ways to improve process efficiency and notify immediate supervisor of observations and recommendations.
  7. Handle food products safely.
  8. Maintain sanitary and safe work environment and follow safety requirements.
  9. May actively participate on company’s Safety Committee.
  10. Ensure that company safety policies as well as federal, state, and local safety and environmental regulations are observed.
  11. Must have a complete understanding of company’s policies, SOPs, QPs, EPs, HACCP and cGMP that pertain to their department to ensure quality, safety, efficiency, and sustainability.
  12. Must adhere to all company policies.
  13. Examine documents, materials, and products and monitor work processes to assess completeness, accuracy and conformance to standards and specifications.
  14. Follow all SOPs in a given area.
  15. Perform all other duties as assigned by Supervisor/Manager and/or designee.

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