Ajinomoto Foods North America

  • FSQA Materials Technician

    Job Locations US-MO-Carthage
    Posted Date 1 week ago(1/13/2019 4:20 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Field
    Quality Assurance
    Targeted Job Start Date
    Job Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Any Shift
  • Overview

    Position will be responsible for inspecting all incoming materials per Ajinomoto FSQA Policies and Procedures. Responsibilities will include making decisions to accept or reject incoming materials. Other responsibilities will include collecting samples and analyzing materials as needed and will perform other QA duties as needed. Must have strong interpersonal skills, well developed written and verbal skills, organizational and time-management skills, an outgoing personality, an ability to work in a team environment and an ability to work under pressure.


    ·        Inspect and collect samples of incoming materials (ingredients and packaging) when they are received. Determine whether each material meets the Foods’ specification, and then decide whether to accept (or reject) each material.


    ·        Collect ingredient Certificate of Analysis (COA) if required and maintain a file of these documents. Verify that they conform to material requirements.


    ·        Inspect returned products and/or co-packed products as instructed.

    ·        Perform tests on incoming material samples. This may include physical tests (piece size/weight, viscosity, color) or chemical tests (moisture, fat, salt) and verify conformance to Ajinomoto incoming material specifications and FSQA Policies.   This may include collection of samples for microbiological evaluation or other tests as required.

    ·        Evaluate new materials and make recommendations for approval, rejection, modification, etc.


    ·        Evaluate the performance of new suppliers of existing materials and make recommendations for approval, rejection, modification, etc.


    ·        Create and submit Supplier Corrective Action Reports (SCARs), maintain a log of submissions and follow up on responses.


    ·        Contact suppliers when necessary to resolve problems with out-of-specification materials.


    ·        Perform studies to correlate material test results to the performance of the material in our products as assigned, in conjunction with R&D and/or Production.

    ·        Provide input for material specification revisions, as the need arises, based on inspection findings.


    ·        Keeps accurate and complete records of all inspections, tests, evaluations, SCARs, and supplier contacts.

    ·        Verify correct ingredient statements on the raw materials by comparing to our specification and to our labels.

    • Create and maintain a reference library of material samples (to be used as controls to which incoming materials can be compared – including revision numbers for packaging items).


    • Evaluate inbound packaging samples for ingredient statement and version accuracy.
    • Assists in identifying the causes of problems to recommend solutions and preventive measures in areas where incoming materials impact product quality and safety.
    • Assists in developing and applying quality controls and related procedures in plant operations. May be required to perform other FSQA tasks as assigned.
    • Perform work within company standards and efficiencies.
    • Follows all facility safety rules and regulations, FSQA programs, and regulatory requirements.
    • Train other workers as assigned. 

    Perform all other work as assigned


    ·        The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.   Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

    ·        While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.

    ·        The employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk and taste or smell.

    ·        The employee is frequently required to use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance in a manufacturing facility; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

    ·        The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

    ·        Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

    ·        The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

    ·        While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, extreme cold and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud in the production area.

    Capable of 24-hour, 7-day a week, emergency work assignments



    Education and Experience:


    ·        A College degree is preferred, a High School diploma or GED is required. Meaningful education and experience may be substituted for the diploma requirement.

    ·        Sufficiently broad experience in food manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Assurance and/or food plant production operations, processes, and policies to permit execution of assigned duties is strongly desired. Limited food manufacturing experience combined with an appropriate college degree may be considered.

    ·        Certifications such as HACCP, SQF, or through ASQ and other professional quality associations are helpful.


    General Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:


    ·        Budget/Cost Control – general understanding of QA/procurement budgeting and cost control functions.


    ·        Analytical – ability to independently perform, technical analysis of supplier performance.


    ·        Communication Skills – excellent verbal and written communication skills, including technical writing and presentation skills.


    ·        Organizational Skills – excellent organizational skills.


    ·        Judgment/Decision Making – ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations independent of supervisor.


    ·        Computer Skills – working knowledge of Microsoft based software, including Excel, Word and Outlook.


    ·        Other – ability to elicit internal and external support; good interpersonal skills; ability to work under pressure and short time lines, prioritizing multiple projects with various simultaneous deadlines, as well as attention to detail with accuracy.


    ·        Valid Driver’s License, clean driving record

    Fluency in English (Written and Verbal) – required


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