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QC Lab Technician

Date: Dec 30, 2021

Location: West Allis (Color), WI, US, 53214

Company: Oterra

At Oterra, food and health are at the heart of everything we do and every day over 400 million people eat a product with our colors in it. We believe that nature got it right the first time and as a leading manufacturer of colors from natural sources, we are here to make a difference for healthy living and sustainable agriculture. We need the brightest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Want to join us?


The team for you to join

You will be joining the Quality Control team with colleagues from different nationalities and working in multiple different locations across the world.. We all chip in when and where it is needed, have a flat structure but high standards, enjoy a good laugh and a pragmatic and operational approach to supporting our xx agenda. We love to learn and genuinely find our purpose and passion for natural colors.

General Summary

This position works under general supervision and is primarily responsible for monitoring and adjusting the production process to ensure customer product specifications and company quality standards are met.


Principal Duties And Responsibilities (* = Essential Functions)

  1. * Monitors the production process; accurately tests and interprets raw materials and work-in-process for adherence to customer specifications and company quality standards; and promptly informs production of any adjustments needed.
  2. * Analyzes final products with all required tests for product approval and performs various in-process laboratory tests.
  3. Ensures proper aseptic sample methods for microbiological samples.
  4. Tests production environment to ensure sterile conditions. 
  5. Calibrates lab instruments and equipment to specified standards and ensures lab cleanliness according to GMP or GLP as required.
  6. Organizes and maintains all required paperwork and documentation.
  7. Interfaces with other departments to address and resolve production/lab problems and to improve methods, processes, and specifications.
  8. Ability to navigate DocBox and become proficient in SAP for results entry and release.
  9. Maintains a clean supply of glassware to perform all required testing.
  10. Monitors inventory levels of lab supplies and informs person responsible for ordering.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  1. Ability to read, write and speak English.
  2. Ability to read and comprehend documents such as standard operating procedures, equipment manuals, and blend formulas.
  3. Ability to effectively communicate information and respond to questions from colleagues, other departments and occasionally auditors.
  4. Ability to interpret testing results and follow SOP document for appropriate action.
  5. Ability to operate a variety of lab equipment and instruments and a variety of office equipment.
  6. Possess a working knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices and ISO compliance requirements.
  7. Skilled in Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel as well as database programs.
  8. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as rate, ratio, percents and volume using metric equivalents.  Perform temperature calculations in Centigrade (°C).  Perform basic dilution series on product in accordance with specifications or recipes.
  9. These characteristics are normally acquired through a Bachelors Degree in a scientific field or at least six months experience in a laboratory environment.


Working Conditions

Working environment is generally favorable.  Lighting, temperature and noise levels are adequate with occasional exposure to cold temperatures.  Personal Protective Equipment is required at all times.  This includes a lab coat, hair/beard net, safety glasses, and gloves.  A dust mask is required when working with powdered media substances.  Weekend work may be required.


Physical demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, talk and hear.  The employee is regularly required to lift and/or move materials or equipment up to 25 lbs.  Frequent use of hands to finger, handle or touch objects, tools or controls.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include vision, color vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  Employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.

If you need more information?

Read more about Oterra here: www.oterra.com


About Oterra
Oterra, an EQT portfolio company, is the largest provider of naturally sourced colors worldwide. Since our first color launch in 1876, we’ve utilized the power of nature’s true colors and championed that natural is best.

We have an unrivalled expertise in colors for food, beverage, dietary supplements and pet food, and help manufacturers bring appealing products to consumers around the world. We empower our partners to meet the demand for safe, sustainable and natural food on our journey together towards natural. Every day over 400 million people eat or drink a product with our colors in it.

At Oterra we are on an exciting growth journey where no two days are alike. We are a dedicated team of professionals around the world united in our belief that nature got it right the first time and that no one knows natural colors like us.

Our headquarter is in Hoersholm, Denmark, and we have production sites in Europe, Latin America and the US and more than 600 team members in 30 countries worldwide, serving 120 markets globally.

Join us on our journey together towards natural.

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee