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The Arnold Group Chemist in Emporia, Kansas

This job was posted by https://www.kansasworks.com : For more information, please see: https://www.kansasworks.com/ada/r/jobs/11304393 *Description:* The Quality Technician - Chemist performs routine physical and analytical testing of packaging, raw material, in-process, and finished product in accordance with official laboratory methods and standards to affirm the production of nutritionally outstanding pet food. This role is also responsible for driving efficiency and efficacy of all quality systems in the Emporia, Kansas facility.*Core responsibilities*:Understands and is accountable for full compliance with safety and other EOHS requirements.Performs or assists vendor in the installation and qualification phases of laboratory instruments.Analyzes ingredients and finished product for moisture, fat, protein, ash, and minerals paralleling compliance to official laboratory methods.Performs routine peroxide value, free fatty acid, and mycotoxin testing.Responsible for maintaining laboratory equipment and equipment calibrations.Coordinates formula and specification maintenance.Orders lab supplies and maintaining budget goals.Understands precautions in handling reagents and disposal of chemical waste according to local and environmental regulations.Understands plant floor operations and equipmentProvides finished product data and analytical results of test products for the Pet Nutrition Center.Develops and maintains Quality SOP's (Standard Operating Procedures) and Plant Quality Manual.Conducts training for plant personnel regarding new Quality procedures.Conducts internal and external audits of Quality Systems.Accountable for microbial sampling plan including reporting, summarizing results, and initiating corrective action as needed.Measures, records, and reports plant Key Performance Indicators.Participates and executes of corrective action planning and remediation.Prepares, prioritizes, coordinates, organizes and stores library samples.Develops and adheres to quality programs such as HACCP, SOPs, and document control.Identifies continuous improvement opportunities for Quality and Micro issues.Understands initiatives and food safety and regulatory standards.Researches new methods and equipment through the participation in projects with other departments.Maintains and troubleshoots quality systems, equipment and programs including metal detectors, scales, and check-weighs.Interfaces with Corporate Consumer Affairs regarding customer complaint data and posts complaint data internally as needed.Assists in SAP processes / transactions such as hold/release, product traceability and recall, and regulatory compliance.Maintains proficiency in SAP process flow and application. Able to quickly retrieve and understand data to support FDA, USDA, external and internal audit requests.Works any shift as needed, and troubleshoots quality issues over the phone during off hours.Other job duties and projects as assigned.