FSQA Technician II


Hazleton, PA, US, 18202

Job Type:  Food Safety & Quality Assurance

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 13 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.



The FSQA Technician II has the primary responsibility for protecting the food by conducting food safety and quality sampling, testing, and maintaining documentation to meet Aspire Bakeries and all regulatory and customer requirements. The FSQA Technician II is responsible for the daily selection of food items at specified stages in the manufacturing process for analysis, evaluation of compliance to specifications and to identify possible defects and make real time, accurate decisions that may affect order fulfilment and has the authority to put a “hold” on food based on food safety or quality non-conformance(s).



  • Ensure that our foods meet Aspire Bakeries standards and specifications.
  • Understanding and identification of non-conforming raw materials, semi-finished and finished foods. (Training will be provided)
  • Report food safety and quality non-conformances and deviations to FSQA Manager.  Placing food or equipment on hold physically and in SAP for further evaluation.  
  • Communicate any human, food, or equipment safety concerns to Supervision immediately.
  • Support the Hazard Analysis & Risk-Based Preventive Controls Food Safety Team in the implementation of an effective Food Safety plan focused on the elimination of biological, chemical, physical and economically motivated hazards from our foods.
  • Complete sensory, physical, and packaging evaluations on finished food and report the results to bakery management.
  • Conduct sampling, testing, and documentation including procedures and records.
  • Understanding and verification of 21 CFR 117 Subpart B Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), basic understanding of 21 CRF 117 Subpart C Preventive Controls, Prerequisite and Preventive Control Programs and Critical Control Points (HACCP).
  • Performs pre-operational inspections and report any inadequacies to FSQA Manager.
  • Participate in physical bakery observation audit inspections on a weekly basis.
  • Verify proper receiving and shipping procedures are followed by warehouse team(s) and can be called to investigate non-conformance of raw materials. Any deviations shall be reported to FSQA Management.
  • Participates in the Environmental Monitoring Programs (i.e. collecting swab samples, using the ATP system)
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of new equipment and/or processes
  • Understanding of the Food Safety Flow Diagram and Verification that manufacturing is adhering to CCP monitoring checks.
  • Trained as Qualified Individual for the Verification of Key Preventive control and CCP records. 
  • Basic training and understanding of SPC and QCP checks recorded in MII, including the quality dashboard.
  • Proficient with trend reviews and implementation or follow-through of corrective actions, as needed.
  • Assists with the training (shadowing) and support of FSQA Technician I.
  • Participation in New foods or trials, assist in data collection and sample evaluation.
  • Provide clear and appropriate communication of food safety and quality issues to management and colleagues at shift change
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required



  • High school diploma or GED is requried. Some college science courses or experience in the food industry preferred 
  • 2+ years of food manufacturing experience required
  • Equipment and food knowledge and troubleshooting ability
  • Ability to operate scales, metal detection and imaging devices, ovens and other instrumentation and measuring devices
  • Proficient computer skills including experience with SAP, MS Outlook, PowerPoint & Excel


Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.