As Quality Technician, you will be responsible for accurate performance and communication of all laboratory tests to determine wheat/flour quality and verify finished product meets customer, regulatory and Ardent Mills requirements. You will also maintain and calibrate lab equipment to ensure accuracy of testing; actively participate in Food Safety audits and inspections and follow up and implementation of corrective action.
To succeed, you must be able to:
Deliver results in first-time situations by inspiring others and working to earn trust every day
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.
Perform wheat/flour quality analysis in all areas within required parameters of certification program and customer specifications
Proficiently perform analytical laboratory techniques using basic lab tools
Perform routine maintenance and calibration on the machines
Communicate results to customers using appropriate computer software
Data entry for paperwork generation and record keeping
Acting as a front-line leader, positively influencing operator behavior and reporting and acting on quality and food safety concerns
Provide back-up to Quality Manager and lab team
Assist with food safety inspections and audits
Any other duties as assigned by management
Essential skills and experience:
High School diploma or GED equivalent
Basic skills with computer applications, to include Microsoft Office Suite, with the ability to learn and use new computer programs
Familiarity with lab environment or knowledge of lab techniques
Good to have:
Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline
Participated or supported with GMP for 3rd party audit
Knowledge of food safety requirements (PRP’s, HACCP, PCQI certification)
Flour or food production quality experience
Physical requirements and working conditions (with or without reasonable accommodation):
Ability to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as is required by the operating areas (i.e. safety glasses, protective footwear, hard hat, hearing protection and, at times, a respirator)
Ability to work a rotating schedule including nights, weekends and holidays
Ability to work a machine paced continuous process that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with conditions which include:
Heat/Cold temperatures (inclement weather)
Dusty environment (to include Wheat/Gluten allergens)
Frequent moving/vibration/ or other motion of equipment/processes
Ability to perform work safely which may require:
Frequently standing, walking, rotating, bending/stooping, twisting, crouching, kneeling, balancing and reaching or lifting at varying heights and levels
Frequently climbing stairs and/or ladders
Occasionally lifting, shoveling and/or carrying
Occasionally pushing and/or pulling
Working in confined or elevated places
Must be able to read, interpret instruction and technology and communicate effectively in English
Willing to get cross-trained in at least one other position for development within the facility and to provide any relief duties as needed.
Must be willing to work alongside your team including long days, on rotating or varying shifts (days, evenings, and nights) as well as overtime, weekend or holiday work
Must be authorized to work in the Unites states without sponsorship now and in the future
Except where prohibited by law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test and pre-employment background check
At Ardent Mills, everyone matters and everyone has a voice. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all applicants and team members and the decisions will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, aboriginality, ancestry, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, age, political affiliation, or any other non-merit characteristic protected by law or not. Together, celebrating our differences, we make Ardent Mills.
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.
Location:Omaha North NE
Address:1521 North 16th Street, Omaha NE, 68110
Additional Locations (if applicable):
Employment Type:Full time
“I think that people may be surprised at the amount of fun and laughs that we have together at the plant and with our peers across the other facilities. There is a lot of hard work that goes into running these plants, but we get in a few laughs, even on the tough days.”Sean Gager - Plant Manager
While the experience of applying for a job at Ardent Mills may vary from mill to mill and from role to role, it almost always involves following the same basic process outlined below:
Our talent acquisition team will review your resume to check you have the experience and qualifications we are looking for. Everyone who applies for a job at Ardent Mills receives a response from us, so we will email you to let you know the outcome whether you have been successful or not.
A member of our talent acquisition team may speak to you on the phone to find out more about you and determine whether you are potentially a good fit for the role.
If the hiring team thinks you could be the person they are looking for, you are likely to be invited to an interview.
As the successful applicant, you will be made a verbal offer followed by a written one. Once you have accepted our offer, you will need to go through a background check and potential other pre-employment contingencies, which can take up to 10 business days.