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Quality Assurance Technician

Location: Geyserville, California
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
40% Bottling Line Production QA:
• Perform routine line checks using a variety of methods, including visual inspection of the line, using lab equipment, and inspecting packaging.
• Perform pre-acceptance inspection of corks, labels, glass, capsules, cartons, cans, etc.
• Prepare the applicable written forms, equipment checks, and wine quality checks to ensure smooth start-up of the production line.
• Attend bottling and production meetings with cellar and bottling supervisors and warehouse.
• Assures quality control guidelines are met by bottling line performance. Notifies appropriate personnel when issues arise.
• Helps to follow through on corrective actions and product non-conformance reports.

45% Pre/Post Bottling QA:
• Performs quality testing of bottling component materials such as glass, closures, labels and capsules.
• Assist purchasing department with trials for product improvement and development of new packages.
• Conducts microbiological plating of bottled product and record keeping of results.
• Maintains, calibrates and troubleshoots laboratory instruments for QA.
• Contributes to the general housekeeping of the laboratory.
• Accurately transcribes lab results to appropriate forms or databases.
• Conducts inspections on “hold” materials or finished product. Responsible for record keeping of non-conforming product or materials.

10% Support:
• Assists purchasing and custom client winemaker with packaging trials or data collection.
• Assists in food safety audit preparation, including writing procedures, training, and document organization.
• May assist in winemaking lab during the harvest season or as needed throughout the year.

5% Travel:
• Travels to offsite facilities to oversee quality control of wine production, both bottling or warehouse locations.

Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A.

Job Requirements
Education/Experience:
• High school diploma or equivalent combination of experience and education required.
• 1-year experience at a quality control lab at a winery or related industry preferred.
• Experience with chemicals, aseptic technique, food safety audits and related safety procedures preferred.
• Experience in the wine industry a plus.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Good understanding of quality and lab instrumentation.
• Excellent collaboration and teamwork skills; able to contribute to a positive work environment by behaving and communicating in a constructive manner with clients, customers, co-workers and management.
• Self-motivated and able to perform bottling analyses in an accurate and timely manner.
• Excellent attention to detail and problem solving skills.
• Excellent communication skills; both verbal and written.
• Good multi-tasking and people skills for working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
• Required proficiency in basic computer and typing skills including email, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel.
• Basic proficiency in math, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Other:
• Ability to rotate through various work schedules to include early morning or swing shift.
• Responsible for learning, adhering to, and enforcing department and company policies and procedures, including safety.
• Occasionally required to lift 50 pounds.
• Ability to work varying shifts and overtime.

Physical Demands:
N (Not Applicable)-Activity is not applicable to this occupation.
O (Occasionally)-Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5 + hrs/day)
F (Frequently)-Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5 + hrs/day)
C (Constantly)-Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5 + hrs/day)

Stand-F, Walk-F, Sit-O, Handling/Fingering-F, Reaching Outward-F, Reaching Above Shoulder-F, Climb-O, Crawl-O, Squat or Kneel-O, Bend-O, Working at the Computer-O

Lift/Carry Push/Pull Other Physical Requirements
10 lbs or Less F 12 lbs or Less F Vision (Near, Distance)
11 lbs to 20 lbs O 13 lbs to 25 lbs O Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/Tractor Sounds)
21 lbs to 50 lbs O 26 lbs to 40 lbs O Sense of Touch
51 lbs to 100 lbs N 41 lbs to 100 lbs N Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (steel toe boots, safety glasses)

Over 100 lbs N Over 100 lbs N

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Posted: February 04, 2019

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