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Quality Assurance Technician


Location:  Portland, OR 

Exemption: Nonexempt 

Shift: Third 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Perform a variety of routine laboratory tests or other laboratory work to help provide top quality and safe products that meet customer requirements and specifications. Assist plant operations team with quality and processing questions.

This is a 3rd shift position - Sun-Thu - 7pm-3:30am.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Learn to accurately test, monitor, and document quality results and processing data for products produced
  • Audit, verify and follow up process controls such as weight checks, batch sheets, FSMA plant inspections, receiving, etc.
  • Support process variations as they relate to formula adjustments to satisfy customer requirements
  • Maintain a high and effective level of communication with all operating departments
  • Learn to operate, calibrate, and maintain lab equipment. Learn, understand and apply the functionality of the Hold Program
  • Maintain and complete files and documentation accurately and timely
  • Utilize AS400 computer system for necessary quality functions
  • Work toward gaining the knowledge and understanding of the crystallizing and tempering process for oils and margarines, the process for mayonnaises, dressings, and sauces production
  • Responsible for following all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience:

  • High School Diploma/GED or equivalent experience
  • 1 year of experience
  • Manufacturing lab environment experience preferred

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Chemistry training  
  • Good math, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and be a self-starter
  • Excellent teamwork and good interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact well with others at all levels


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon

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