Lab Technician
Dean Foods

Reading, Pennsylvania

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General Purpose:

Test all raw, intermediate, and finished products as well as collecting and testing environmental samples according to established procedures. Discover and prevent defects and improve quality. Work with a high degree of accuracy and concentration to produce valid test results in a timely manner.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform receiving lab duties including weighing trucks, observing sample collections, and preparation of receiving tickets.
  • Evaluate truck shipments for acceptance based upon established criteria.
  • Complete entry into the computer systems and generate requested reports.
  • Perform testing using the Near Infra-red methods, scorch tests, acidity tests, sink work, and other appropriate lab equipment.
  • Prepare chemical solutions and media required for laboratory testing. Sterilize equipment as needed.
  • Perform butterfat and total solids tests on fluid milk; cream; condensed and sweetened condensed milk; and powdered products.
  • Maintain lab records of samples, test results, and lab quality control measures in an up-to-date, legible, and accurate manner ensuring the accuracy of results.
  • Certify that finished product is suitable for sale by meeting government and customer specifications. Ensure cleanliness and organization of the lab and the integrity of all testing results.
  • Perform basic microbiology and environmental sampling as required.
  • Dedicate effort to safety as we expect every employee to leave work in the same condition as they arrive.
  • Follow all DFA good manufacturing practices (GMP) and work in a manner consistent with all corporate regulatory, food safety, quality, and sanitation requirements.
  • Exhibit the values and ethics of Dairy Farmers of America through honesty, discretion, and sound judgment.
  • Adhere to all DFA Quality, Safety and GMP policies and procedures and report any nonconformity.
  • Attend required training, including but not limited to Safety, GMP, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), and Safe Quality Foods (SQF).
  • The requirements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employee; but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties and skills required.

Education and Experience
      • High School Diploma or General Education Degree (GED)
      • Prefer two year applied science degree in Food Science, Dairy Science or Microbiology
      • 1 year experience in a food laboratory or similar role
      • Certification and/or License
      • Approved as a Pennsylvania Industry Analyst for Appendix N Testing Program or able to obtain within 45 days of employment. Participate in necessary programs annually to maintain approval.
  • Able to obtain Pennsylvania Weighmaster license within 30 days of employment
  • May be required to obtain and maintain other certifications and/or licenses for continued employment
    • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and company computer systems, specifically SAP
    • Skill in proficient computer usage
    • Able to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing
    • Able to work in collaboration effectively and foster good teamwork
    • Able to follow directions and meet deadlines
    • Able to adapt and manage to change effectively
    • Able to work with accuracy and attention to detail
    • Able to work independently and as part of a team
    • Able to perform task and duties without constant supervision
    • Able to read, write, and speak English


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