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Associated Milk Producers LAB TECHNICIAN I in Sanborn, Iowa



This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time.

  • Execute required tests on finished product according to SOPs and customer requirements.

  • Execute required tests on incoming ingredients according to QMS (Quality Monitoring Scheme).

  • Responsible for daily/weekly plating, reading, calibration, sample collection, Internal Control Plan, sample preparations, etc.

  • Support investigations on improvement projects (e.g. holds, consumer complaints), helps to identify root causes, and helps to identify corrective actions and monitors for effectiveness.

  • Support training for operators to ensure process checks are accurate and timely as stated in QMS.

  • Communicate out-of-specification product results to supervisor.

  • Calibrate lab equipment such as pH meter and scales, etc. according to SOPs.

  • Conduct daily routine sample analyses using lab techniques and other instrumentation following Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).

  • Organize laboratory records and files. Ensures compliance to procedures and work instructions

  • Ensures correct recording of laboratory and quality records in compliance with SOPs including storage and retrieval of records.

  • Support laboratory activities to ensure that a high quality of products, services, housekeeping, and hygiene standards are maintained and improved in laboratory and other analytical areas.

  • Supports laboratory compliance (calibration, equipment testing, etc.) to SQF and AMPI requirements.

  • Employee shall follow and carry out company policy on all required GMP, quality and food safety requirements and escalate quality or food safety findings or incidents.

  • Support execution of GMPs throughout the plant and follow safety rules and procedures.

  • Support improvement initiatives (e.g. complaints, holds) for facility.

  • Other duties as assigned.

An individual in this position must be able to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


The following are required competencies of the position that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job:

  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational skills

  • Ability to adapt effectively within a continually changing and demanding environment

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the products manufactured and the processes involved

  • Basic understanding of equipment operations and minor troubleshooting ability

  • Must be able to demonstrate an ability and willingness to communicate effectively in order to maintain high levels of Safety, Quality and Efficiency

  • Ability to read and comprehend standard operating procedures and company guidelines in order to maintain regulatory compliance

  • Ability to understand daily production needs

  • Able to read and comprehend standard operating procedures

  • Participation in a team environment safely

  • Detail oriented, be quality minded

  • Able to perform at a high level in a fast paced environment


  • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED)

  • Food manufacturing experience preferred

  • Prior experience in the dairy or cheese industry is preferred

  • Prior experience in manufacturing is a plus

  • Knowledge of HACCP, GMP's, OSHA and loss control programs is highly desirable


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical Demands – Employee is frequently (more than 75% of time) required to: use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls, sit; to verbally communicate; and to hear. The employee is frequently (up to 75% of the time) required to walk and stand. The employee must occasionally (up to 25% of the time) lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Work Environment – Employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock, wet work conditions, fumes or airborne participles. Employee is occasionally exposed to warm or cold temperatures. Employee is regularly exposed to chemicals during sanitation processes. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

  • Protective Equipment – Personal protective equipment is required depending on the job being performed, including protective eye wear, or face shields, hearing protection, hair and beard nets, uniforms, and boots. Additional equipment is required working with chemicals, such as rubber gloves and use of chemical proof aprons as appropriate for job being performed.

Associated Milk Producers Inc. is 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 status as a protected veteran.




  • High School or better

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)