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Quality Assurance Technician

Location: 

Ancaster, ON, CA, L9G 3L1

L9G 3L1
Job Type:  Food Safety & Quality Assurance
L9G 3L1

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 15 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Abide by all plant Safety, Health & Environmental policies and actively participate in safety activities
  • Consistently demonstrate safe work behaviors and actively support company safety goals
  • Support all initiatives and actively participate in all processes and activities
  • Perform all chemical, physical, and microbiological tests for ingredient mixes and finished products
  • Analyzing bulk and finished products using a variety of techniques including, pH, Viscosity, Color, Odor, and Appearance
  • Releasing products using computer systems including SAP and MS Office
  • Record analytical results on required reports and in electronic databases and spreadsheets
  • Check various logs for any errors and correct them as needed
  • Record key line performance and process performance indicators into appropriate tracking mechanisms
  • Participate in operational project teams for quality improvement and/or cost reduction
  • Monitor product quality and assist in continuous improvement
  • Audit processes and help to identify opportunities for improvements
  • Accurately complete required forms/checklists
  • Able to lead and drive completion of Root Cause Analysis
  • Understands all safe practices and systems relevant to the equipment and the safety responsibilities placed upon individuals
  • Utilizes appropriate safety and environmental procedures for people, processes, materials, products, and equipment relevant to the task
  • Contributes to reducing costs due to product waste and minimizing the impact on health, safety, and the environment through the correct handling of product
  • Follow Unilever quality standards to include GMPs which include personal health and hygiene, HACCP, allergen control, foreign material control, and product integrity
  • Adhere to all applicable job procedures as outlined in the SOP manual
    • Keep the work area clean and clear of hazards
    • Report any unsafe conditions, incidents, or injuries to the supervisor immediately
    • Use all prescribed personal protective equipment
  • Adhere to food safety practices and ensure they are being followed
    • Follow all GMPs including maintaining personal hygiene, hand washing/sanitizing hands, cleaning up spills
    • Report any foreign material findings
    • As part of food security, report any unusual people or behavior

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Food Science, Microbiology, or Human Ecology required
  • Post-Secondary Education in Food Science or a related field preferred
  • 1-2 years of food/bakery experience 
  • Knowledgeable of and able to train procedures, programs, and systems, including but not limited to:
    • Incoming ingredients, Rework, Environmental and sanitation, Hold and Release program, SPC program, Consumer complaints investigation, Cutting, Sensory, Sampling, New product trials, Good manufacturing practices (GMPs), HACCP, etc.
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, & Word)

 

 

We thank each applicant for taking the time and effort to submit your resume, however, only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. Our organization is committed to promoting the independence, dignity, integration, and equality of opportunity of persons with disabilities by ensuring the accessibility of our facilities and services. Accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their required accommodations known in advance.