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QA Lab Analyst - Aurora NE (pet food,
LOCATION: Aurora, NE, US, 68818
JOB CATEGORY: R&D
REQUISITION NUMBER: 188086
A mutually rewarding experience.
Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.
Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.
About Mars, Incorporated
Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.
The QA Lab Technician is responsible for testing incoming ingredients, batches, processing and finished products to assure compliance to company standards. Part of the work includes monitoring critical control points to ensure adequacy of the plant’s HACCP program along with executing micro requirements and adherence to Mars Quality and Food Safety systems.
Performing chemical testing on ingredients and products such as proteins, ash oven, air oven, acid hydrolysis fats, Near Infrared (NIR) analysis, mycotoxins, and routing lab functions. Become proficient on all lab equipment and product standards.
Lead others to achieve results with support. Assure compliance and make critical decisions as to continuing operation, holding, and/or additional testing for disposition, which requires solid communication and working relationships with all operating areas.
Keep instrumentation accurate by performing necessary calibrations.
Maintain proper record-keeping and instrumental diagnostics in conjunction with pallet tags using proprietary company software programs, including some daily and monthly report writing and software updating.
Ensure all HACCP checks are completed in a timely manner.
Inspect equipment and areas post clean-up and pre-startup to ensure adherence to site standards.
Support production with timely NIR and chemical analysis.
Place ingredients and packing material on hold to analyze prior to receipt and usage.
Execute work items included as part of the micro mitigation effort, which includes daily swabbing, sampling Finished Product (FP) and testing.
Role model the Five Principles of Mars and the importance of Quality.
Good working relationship with the QA Lab Techs, Quality & Food Safety team, Shift Managers, Line Leads, Extruder/Relief Operators, Unloaders and other site associates.
Maintain the sanitation expectations of the lab, surrounding area and equipment.
Other duties as assigned such as
Perform cross-check program (NIR and Wet Chemistry).
Perform net weight capability tests.
Assist in micro FP sampling, cutback and product submissions.
Host daily product evaluation (cutback) meeting and reporting.
Complete the shift management report daily for review
About the company
Mars is an American global manufacturer of confectionery, pet food, and other food products and a provider of animal care services, with US$33 billion in annual sales in 2015,and is ranked as the 6th largest privately held company in the United States