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Quality Tech

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Ralston Purina Company.

Columbia, SC

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Quality Tech','18001243','!*!As the nation’s leading bottled water company, Nestlé Waters North America is dedicated to providing customers with healthy hydration options. Alongside that, we’re also committed to developing our people – enabling them to make the most of the many elements that help them to succeed.


Nestlé Waters consists of four business units: Corporate, Retail, Supply Chain and ReadyRefresh by Nestlé. Whichever one of these areas you choose to join, you’ll find yourself collaborating with a highly talented team on work that’s challenging, engaging and incredibly rewarding. You’ll be an essential element of our success: trusted, empowered and supported to make a lasting impact on the very future of our business. It’s a chance to use your knowledge, skills and experience to shine brightly and achieve your ambitions – all while delivering healthy hydration to millions of customers.




Ensures the quality of all processes from raw materials to finished products through inspection, diagnosis and record keeping. Ensure compliance with all NWNA Quality Programs. Lead and drive all NWNA food safety initiatives to ensure the production of safe and high quality products. Provide all necessary support for internal /external audits and provide sustainable corrective /preventive actions for gaps. Perform testing and maintain quality documentation according to NWNA quality programs and QMS.


Operate , maintain and calibrate laboratory instruments as required by the ICP / calibration program

Provide training to employees including new hires and maintain training records and matrix

Perform all quality testing as outlined in QMS and ensure regulatory requirements are met

Collect, prepare, test, read, record and analyze all micro samples as required by NWNA

Perform and report all chemical testing as required by NWNA, including bromate analysis

Support with raw material /finished product holds, records, disposition and root cause analysis

Sensory coordinator and manage sensory program as required by NWNA including library maintenance

GMP monitoring and implementation

CIP program and Pest Control Program monitoring and record keeping

Internal and external auditing including implementing / monitoring corrective actions

Provide leadership for NWNA quality initiatives and both internal and external audits

Manage and maintain SOP, documentation and records in Teamroom location.

Review / monitor consumer complaints and perform complaint closure as needed

Perform and pass all NWNA proficiency tests 

Monitor and maintain overall hygienic condition of facility

Provide backup / support for QA positions as needed

Maintain / create all SOPs relevant to position

FSBO and SBO program participation

Support factory Release Program

Maintain and follow up issues addressed in the Master Gap List

Conduct sampling of sources and finished product to meet requirements and analyze results

Complete projects assigned by Quality Manager

Use problem solving and continuous improvement tools and methodologies.

Reports to the Quality Manager

Able and willing to work 12 hour shifts including the potential for nights, weekends and holidays','!*!SKILLS REQUIRED

Degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, or Biology preferred

Minimum 1 year experience in a Food/QC Microbiology Laboratory environment.

Experienced in standard analytical methods for microbiology, troubleshooting microbiological issues and experience with water related pathogens desired.

Prior experience performing internal quality audits and maintaining micro programs in an audit ready state

Understanding of microbiological testing and operation of related lab equipment

Ability to track and trend micro data and testing results

Knowledge of EPA and FDA regulations desired

Computer proficiency in SAP and standard Microsoft Office Software

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Strong Root Cause Analysis  skills

Ability to stand, bend, stoop, and lift at least 50 lbs

Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment

Excellent communication skills with the ability to coach other team members


Nestlé Waters North America is the nation’s leading bottled water company.  Our water brands include Poland Spring, Arrowhead, Ozarka, Deer Park, Zephyrhills and Ice Mountain, Nestlé Pure Life, S. Pellegrino, Perrier and Acqua Panna.  Our tea brand is Nestea.  We’re passionate about creating shared value for society in all kinds of ways: from providing careers and benefits to communities where we operate to environmental stewardship – most notably responsible water management, lightweight packaging and advancing recycling in America.  As a valuable part of our team, you’ll receive a competitive total rewards package – something that will provide you with the support you need to thrive both inside and outside of work. It’s not just the work that you’ll find fulfilling here though. As you build a career with us, you’ll receive exactly the kind of benefits you’d expect from a leading name in healthy hydration. The only question is, what elements will help you succeed at Nestlé Waters?

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The reason we're so invested in the quality of our food is because we love pets as much as you do. You’ll find pets in our homes, and even sitting by our feet as we work in our offices. Our passion for pets goes beyond pushing pet nutrition forward, and into forging partnerships in the pet welfare world and raising awareness of what pets truly need. After all, we've seen firsthand how powerful the bond with a pet can be, and the many unique ways that pets can strengthen our families and bring our communities closer. Because we want dedicated and passionate employees on our team, we make sure that Purina is a great place to work. You can tell from the moment you walk in the door that our world revolves around pets, whether you're seeing the art on the walls or the many cats and dogs that employees bring to work every day. Recently, ranked Purina No. 3 on their 2015 Best Places to Work – an Employees’ Choice Award list. For eight consecutive years, we've been recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as the "Best Place to Work" and for the past three years, Purina has been recognized as the best place to work in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. We're proud of the fact that we help make our employees happy. Our quest to drive pet nutrition forward and conduct industry-leading research on the wellbeing of pets pushes our company to do more year after year. We work hard for your pets every day, and we love doing it.

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