Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
PAY GRADE: 29E
CONTEXT OF JOB:
Under the general direction of the Dairy Plant Manager and UDairy Creamery Director in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Lab Coordinator operates the QA lab for the UDairy Creamery Production facilities. The Lab Coordinator assists with updating and maintaining the UDairy Creamery’s Food Safety Plan and to ensure the plant is meeting USDA, FDA and FSMA guidelines to ensure the creamery is producing the safest and highest quality products possible. The Lab Coordinator works closely with the Plant Manager and Plant Operators to assist in production when needed, maintain documents and records from daily operations, and regularly inspect and ensure safety standards are met by plant employees.
Assists with the operational and administrative functions of the QA Lab including inventory and ordering of supplies, sending samples to proper labs, testing all raw and finished products for quality, and assists with managing interns and student employees. Conducts quality and food safety audits. Assists with the scheduling, use and operations of QA lab, Test Kitchen, and plant with academic needs requested by faculty, students and staff and outside business requests.
Maintains the laboratory’s state certification and all permits and licenses for product testing, employee certification, and permits for processing.
Maintains documentation required by FDA and USDA, including but not limited to: pasteurization charts, sanitation records, records of manufacture for all products, certificates of analysis for ingredients, and packaging information.
Accompanies inspectors during plant audits and inspections.
Performs required tests on raw product, ingredients, and finished product to verify compliance with federal and state standards of identity and food safety. These include (but are not limited to) antibiotic residue, bacteriological (coliform and aerobic plate counts), compositional (fats, solids, protein), environmental testing, enzymatic assays on products made and distributed by UDairy Creamery, and chemical testing of cleaning solutions.
Assists with providing the dairy farm with reports on each tote of milk picked up from farm and coordinates milk check.
Assists in producing nutritional information and labeling in accordance to FDA and FSMA guidelines.
Conducts quality and food safety audits of the lab, plant and records.
Assists with the implementation of corrective action based upon audits and daily testing results.
Prepares food quality and safety reports and submission of necessary documentation to various state and federal agencies detailing milk usage and product manufacture. Prepares separate reports detailing the allocation and disposition of raw milk and cream to necessary agencies.
Assists in the development and maintenance of a Food Safety Plan including but not limited to HACCP procedures, SOP’s, SSOP’s, Material Data Sheets, Food Safety Plans and requirements for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Provides support functions for the Creamery production plant and its personnel, including preparation of cultures and preservatives, providing product formulas when needed, calibrating instruments, calculating vitamin additions, maintaining inventories, and ordering supplies.
Assists in the production of cheese and/or other dairy products when needed.
Supports the educational mission of the UDairy Creamery and Food Science Department
Trains, teaches and supervises faculty, staff and students on equipment in lab and plant and ensures proper record keeping.
Supervises interns, undergraduate and graduate students working in the lab.
Assists in giving tours of the facility.
Assists with recording and management of the QA lab purchasing expenses and income.
Supervises, motivates, develops, and trains undergraduate and graduate students and interns.
Assists in the coordination and supervision of student interns and graduate students using the facilities or conducting research.
Assists in the training of the staff and students on areas of Food Safety Plan including but not limited to production, FSMA, GMPs, SSOPs, SOPs, and Record Keeping.
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Food Science, dairy science or closely related field with at least two years of related work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience or academic background working in a QA or microbiology lab.
Knowledge of USDA, FDA, DHSS and FSMA regulations.
Knowledge of computer programs and computerized information systems. Ability to develop, plan, implement and analyze written plans, documentations, records and procedures.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Must be or become PCQI certified within 3 months of hiring.
Must be or become ServSafe certified within 60 days.
Must be or become a certified milk hauler/sampler within 60 days.
With or without assistance, must be able to lift or move up to 50 pounds.
Internal Number: 494254
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