Quality Lab Technician
Hastings MN
Full Time


Hastings MN

Job Description:

Quality Technician

Your role:

As a Quality Technician, you will be responsible for accurate performance and communication of all laboratory tests to determine wheat/flour quality.  You will maintain calibration of equipment and within one year will be expected to perform required testing in all three lab areas (bake, mill, analytical). To succeed, you must be able to:

  • Perform duties and deliver results in new situations while adhering to safety and food safety policies without compromising the team’s values. 
  • Serve others with understanding, respect, and care.
  • Operate with simplicity, clarity and transparency.
  • Deal with and drive change.
  • Organize, prioritize and own multiple tasks while meeting or exceeding deadlines.
  • Learn and apply new technology and share your knowledge with others.

Above all you will be expected to carry out all your activities with reliability, integrity, compliance and in a safe, environmentally responsible, and efficient manner.

Your responsibilities:

  • Perform wheat/flour quality analysis in all areas within required parameters of certification program.
  • Provide back up to lab supervisors in their absence.
  • Communicate results to customers using appropriate computer software (Excel, Condor, etc.).
  • Calibrate and maintain accuracy of equipment.
  • Assist Associates/ Quality Manager with projects or peer training as needed.
  • Maintain food safety understanding by participating in all site wide food safety training. Responsible to elevate food safety concerns to the appropriate level; authorized to stop production or shipments due to food safety risks.
  • Any other duties as assigned by management.

 Essential skills and experience:

  • College degree (BS or BA) in science field.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated good lab technique.
  • Experience in a manufacturing setting.
  • Proficient use of computer programs including MS Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills in English (both written and verbal).

Good to have skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of food safety requirements: PRP’s and HACCP
  • Minimum 3 yrs. experience in technical/ baking science and/or degree in science discipline.
  • Experience in a manufacturing setting.

Physical requirements and working conditions (with or without reasonable accommodation):

  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Medium exertion – exerting up to 20-50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or 10-25lbs of force frequently.
  • Able to work in heights.
  • Must be able to work in hot, cold environments, and dusty environments.

Other considerations:

  • Must be willing to accept accountability and work well in a team.
  • Willing and able to work on rotating shifts, however the primary shift for this role will be 2nd shift.

Ardent Mills is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position.  It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions, and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of Ardent Mills.


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