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Overnight Quality Lead

Company: balchem
Location: Faribault
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

JOB TITLE: Quality Lead
LOCATION: Faribault
FLSA STATUS: Hourly/Non-Exempt
STATUS: Full Time
BUSINESS SEGMENT: Human Nutrition & Health
REPORTS TO: Quality Supervisor
DATE UPDATED: 02/02/2022

Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. Our corporate headquarters is located in New Hampton, New York, (Hudson Valley area) and we have a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ - BCPC) with annual revenues over $640 million and a market cap exceeding $3.0 billion. The company consists of three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to developing the company into global market leadership positions. To learn more about our dynamic, stable and growing company, visit www.balchem.com

Lead a team to meet or exceed personnel safety, food safety, and food quality goals of the company. This position exemplifies a positive culture that encourages continuous improvement and collaboration.


Follow all Food safety practices and processes applicable to the department
Monitor and maintain all food safety activities as part of daily tasks
Enforce food safety plan while producing product
Promote food safety and quality to all Balchem departments
Actively participate in and promote our safety culture by following safe work practices and adhering to all safety policies and procedures. Responsible for reporting all incidents and observation of unsafe acts or conditions.
Support and assist the manufacturing teams to meet customer and product quality performance requirements
Communicate out-of-spec results, non-conformances, negative trends, or unusual events to the QA leadership.
Collect product and sales samples as needed
Conduct GMP audits and communicate results to QA leadership; enforce all GMP expectations within the facility and with all employees, customers and vendors
Conduct document reviews, including verifying all Food Safety & Quality criteria are met prior to releasing product for shipping.
Ensure appropriate inventory levels for supplies and equipment.
Oversee and execute required programs, which may include Environmental Monitoring, Retain Sample program, and Equipment Calibration.
Perform verification and validation activities.
Participate in validating/verifying new test methods.
Assist in Customer Complaint Investigations and other problem-solving activities.
Maintain accurate documentation of quality inspection results.
Serve as the primary back-up for the QA Receiving Technician & QA Technicians.
Keep work area and inventory area in a neat and orderly condition; responsible for general housekeeping of all Quality work areas, including 5S efforts
All other duties as necessary to the success of Balchem Corporation
Foster a team-oriented culture of coordination, cooperation and communication cross functionally throughout the company
Build and maintain a high-performance team environment and coach others in effective team interaction and function; foster an environment of empowerment
Develop good understanding of Balchem products, services, and processes including products that are run on various packaging lines and production equipment
Document and monitor procedures and processes to eliminate variation and promote sharing of knowledge
Learn, understand, train to, develop and follow documented internal controls, policies, procedures, and work procedures and drive others to do so


High School Diploma/GED Required
Requires a two-year technical degree with 3-5 years of related experience or a four-year technical degree and 2 + years related experience
Demonstrated ability in customer communications both verbal and written
Proven direct people and project leadership experience; minimum of 3 years leadership experience in a manufacturing environment preferred
Strong proven knowledge of food GMP's or drug or medical device experience is required
Proficient computer skills (Word, Excel, ERP)
Knowledge of GFSI accredited programs, and food GMPs is required.
Specific knowledge of operating under a QMS is preferred
Available to work hours on various shifts with advanced notice
Ability to manage time and workload efficiently, and the ability to prioritize and modify priorities accordingly
Strong safety, food-safety, and quality orientation and ability to promote these standards and hold people accountable in a cross-functional environment
Self-motivation and ability to work independently; ability and willingness to provide support and training to employees on all shifts
Demonstrated ability to work and develop others in a team environment
Sensitive to other cultures/backgrounds, able to work in a multi-cultural workplace
Ability and willingness to learn, practice, and improve documented work procedures
Demonstrated ability to function in a fast-paced environment while moving multiple simultaneous projects forward
Strong verbal and written communication skills to discuss, develop, and implement plans
High sensitivity to quality and on time delivery of materials and services


While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, and hear
Occasionally required to kneel, crouch, crawl, bend, ascend and descend stairs and/or ladders
Frequently required to use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms
May occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
Vision requirements include close vision, depth perception, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus
This job is performed in a production environment in a manufacturing location
The noise level in the plant is moderate to loud
There will be exposure to machine noise and food dust when in the plant
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and with or around various chemicals
The employee is occasionally exposed to vibration and risk of electric shock
Production Environment includes varying temperatures (heat, cold and moisture)
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 allow individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Keywords: balchem, Minneapolis , Overnight Quality Lead, Other , Faribault, Minnesota

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