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QA Technologist | Newtownards | Temp £18+ p/h

Location Newtownards
Job type Temporary
Salary £18 - £18.50 per hour
Published about 1 month ago
Start date ASAP
Contact email Craig Smart
Job ref J2333_1676910741

Job description

QA Technologist | Newtownards | Temporary £18+ p/h

Staffline Ireland is currently seeking a QA Technologist to join our longstanding client, a leading manufacturer of dairy products, on a temporary basis at their site in Newtownards. This position will require the successful applicant to work a mixture of day and night shift operations on a rotating schedule.


The role is responsible for providing a technical service for assessing the quality of manufactured products and to support departmental and factory-wide procedures or targets aimed at improving overall manufacturing standards. The role will assist with customer complaints and non-conforming product investigations.


  • Carry out chemical and organoleptic assessment of manufactured UHT products and taking appropriate action when necessary.
  • When required, to carry out chemical and organoleptic testing of powder products
  • Carry out factory housekeeping, Quality system, HACCP and/or Glass audits, including process audits.
  • Perform UHT pack sterility checks to ensure pack sterility is maintained
  • When required, collect and prepare samples of powder products for microbiological examination.
  • Assess the sterility of UHT products by ATP bioluminescence assay and ensuring that conforming finished products are released on time & in full. To assess the quality of incubated UHT products after 7 days and update the Quality Records accordingly.
  • Promptly communicate quality issues to relevant personnel and carry out quality investigations into the root cause and scale of non-conformances.
  • Analytical Instruments - Daily maintenance and calibrations, validation of existing calibrations and verification of the accuracy of the instruments.
  • Ensure that non-conforming product is promptly isolated and details communicated to relevant personnel on completion of all quality tests.
  • Investigate customer complaints as directed by the Quality Team Leader
  • Ensure that laboratory equipment is routinely cleaned and is maintained in a serviceable condition.
  • Carry out factory housekeeping, Quality system, HACCP and/or Glass audits.
  • Participation in the QA Laboratory proficiency programme. To test reference samples and submit test results on time.


  • You will ideally be educated to at least HND/HNC level (or equivalent) in Biology, Chemistry, Food Science or a related discipline.
  • Experience using laboratory instrumentation, e.g. colorimeter, spectrophotometer and pH meter is essential.
  • You must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word & Excel), problem solving, investigating and resolution.
  • Previous experience of food analysis in a dairy or food processing environment while not essential would be an advantage.

Rate of pay:

  • £18+ per hour

Hours of work:

  • Mixture of night and day-shift on a 3 week rotating schedule from 6am - 6pm/6pm-6am:

Week one - Sunday and Monday 6pm - 6am. Thursday and Friday 6am - 6pm

Week two - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 6am - 6pm. Friday 6pm - 6am

Week three - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6pm - 6am

For further information please submit your CV via the link in Word format. BELSL

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