Quality Assurance Technician (Food Manufacturing)

Fresca Foods Louisville, CO, USA


$19 to $21 Hourly

Benefits Offered

401K, Medical, Vision

Employment Type


Position Overview

Quality Assurance Technician I conducts routine food safety and quality assurance inspections on an average of five (5) production lines per day (yet sometimes up to 10-14 lines/day). The QA technicians are responsible for ensuring that production is following the HACCP plan and good GMP’s and properly documenting any discrepancies. Additionally, the QA technician will oversee all pre-operational and operational inspections. The tech will be responsible for executing all of their scheduled lines, EMP Swabbing, Pre-ops, and daily audits.

We are currently hiring for:

  • 3rd Shift: 11 PM - 7 AM (8 hours) - 5 days/week
  • 2nd Shift: Potential openings MAY exist on the 3pm-11pm shift, yet the pay rate would be $0.50/hour *less* than 3rd shift rate indicated in this job posting

Note: Days scheduled per week may vary and may fall on the weekend.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts Pre-Operational inspections using visual and analytical methods
  • Verifies lot number accuracy by comparing ingredients and packaging to production batch records
  • Performs verification procedures for control points such as check weights, date codes and labeling
  • Performs verification procedures for critical control points for metal detection, bar codes, temperature and pH
  • Verifies accuracy for production scales
  • Available to verify quality components in multiple buildings within a timely manner
  • Conducts daily GMP/Food Safety inspections in production areas, warehouse, dishwashing locations and cold storage
  • Responsible for documenting GMP violations and assuring personnel follow GMPs and good hygiene practices
  • Responsible for performing in-process and final product quality testing for weight conformance, sensory and other associated basic analytical methods
  • Responsible for collecting finished product retention, external laboratory and shelf-life samples according to set testing and sampling frequencies
  • Documents and files retain logs and foreign material deviations. Controls hard documents for quality assurance, sanitation and operations.
  • Performs environmental sampling using aseptic techniques
  • Inputs data into computer databases
  • Interact with operations to assist in identifying quality issues
  • Responsible for communicating food quality and food safety issues to QA Lead, QA Supervisor and Plant Management in a timely manner
  • Maintains or facilitates QA labs are adequately stocked and organized in accordance with 5S Lean Complies with company policies and procedures
  • Actively participate in continuous improvement, lean practices, six sigma, 5S, food safety, environmental and plant safety programs
  • Complies with company policies and procedures
  • Personal responsibility for following safety rules and GMP guidelines
  • Performs other duties as assigned


    At least one of the following:

    • Food experience (restaurant or manufacturing)
    • Quality experience
    • An Associates in a science-based field

    The following are "pluses" and, coupled with one or more of the requirements listed above, may qualify candidates for the higher end of the pay range listed:

    • Food Safety/Food Quality education focus
    • Demonstrated proficiency in Food Quality Systems
    • HACCP, SQF and/or PCQI (Preventative Control Qualified Individual) certification(s)

    Skills & Knowledge

    • Intermediate MS Office skills highly preferred
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to read, write, and speak English to properly understand and relay important safety and quality information.
    • Self-motivated and able to work in a fast-paced, team environment
    • Demonstrate ability to actively participate in a positive and engaged team atmosphere
    • Familiarity with lab safety and handling of hazardous materials.
    • Must have a high attention to detail
    • Work well with others to establish and maintain excellent interdepartmental relationships.
    • Dependable and have a flexible schedule. Will work different shifts, weekends, and overtime as needed.
    • Must possess fundamental mathematical skills and demonstrates the ability to read scales
    • Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus!

    Compensation & Benefits

    • The starting pay range for this position is $19.00 - $21.00/hour, depending on education/experience
    • $300 bonus after 4 months
    • Fresca Foods offers a generous benefits package, including health insurance, vision insurance, dental benefit, FSA, pet insurance, 401(k) with company match, PTO, paid holidays, bonus potential

    Work Environment

    Physical Requirements

    • Able to lift, push, and pull up to 50 lbs occasionally; 20 lbs frequently.
    • Able to stand for extended periods of time (10-12 hours per day): One 30-minute break, two 15-minute breaks
    • Able to reach overhead, bend, stoop, and squat
    • Able to report to work without absences or tardiness. Able to work overtime as necessary.
    • Good manual dexterity and capable of performing repeated actions with hands/fingers
    • Able to work in hot or cool conditions for duration of the shift.
    • Comfortable with a moderate noise level
    • Not allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, gluten, or dairy
    • Able to work with or near machinery that produces a magnetic field, such as metal detectors/inductors
    • Able to abide by food safety and human safety guidelines:
    • Any health condition does not pose a risk to the safety of the food being produced or a risk of transmitting the condition to fellow coworkers
    • Able to wear appropriate attire (smock, hair net, latex-free gloves)
    • Able to work in an alert and careful manner (e.g. if taking prescription drugs, these prescription drugs do not cause side-effects [such as dizziness or drowsiness] that may affect the employee’s ability to work safely)
    • Eye vision is at level that would not cause unsafe working conditions. Eye glasses/contact lenses are permitted.

    Mental Requirements

    • Ability to reason logically and make sound decisions, to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
    • Able to multitask without loss of efficiency or accuracy, able to work effectively and efficiently in high stress situations
    • Ability to simultaneously address multiple complex problems
    • Ability to work and sustain attention with distractions and/or interruptions while maintaining attention to detail
    • Able to understand, remember and follow verbal and written instructions.
    • Ability to perform in situations requiring speed and/or deadlines
    • Able to use computers, i-Pads, and smart phones.
    Fresca Foods

    About Fresca Foods:

    Based just outside Boulder, Colorado, Fresca Foods has supported the growth of the thriving natural foods industry for the last twenty years. Fresca is a manufacturing, supply chain and innovation partner for some of the world’s largest food companies, as well as some of the world’s most vibrant entrepreneurs. We are on a mission to transform the food system by improving how food is sourced, made, and delivered to consumers.

    Safety is our first priority, and our commitment to excellence, our passionate and talented team, and our creativity and flexibility have made Fresca a recognized leader and employer of choice. Fresca is recognized as a Top 50 Employer in Boulder County, 2018 Colorado Manufacturing of the Year, 2018 NEXTY Award Winner, and 2016 winner for Outstanding Innovation. Fresca is also a leader in community service. We consistently receive high marks in ethical audits and give our time and resources to community organizations such as Community Food Share, Food Bank of the Rockies, and EFAA. Fresca has the fast-paced, high-growth, and creative energy of a start-up along with the longevity, growth opportunities, and scale of a larger company. The energy of our team is infectious, the work is challenging, and the opportunities for growth are abundant. The next ten years will be even more exciting than the last ten, and we are excited to welcome new highly motivated and talented team members to our family. The position will be part of a team that is deeply committed to the mission and the joy of great food. The company is in growth mode and will highly value applicants with the desire, drive, collaboration, and creativity to help shape the future of the company.

    At Fresca, we don’t just accept difference — we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. Fresca Foods is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equal consideration regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. In addition, Fresca Foods is committed to equal pay for equal work. The pay range indicated in this job posting represents the low and high end of the hiring range for this job. Although actual pay may vary and may be above or below this range, generally speaking, offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. The amount offered will take into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment.

    Please, no third party inquiries.

    Company website:

    Company address: 195 CTC Blvd. Louisville CO 80027

    Posted date: 25 days ago

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