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Fermentation Technician - 3rd Shift (Sunday - Thursday, 10:00pm - 6:30am)

Location: Madison
State: WI
Country: USA

Improving food and health for more than 1 billion people every day requires dedicated teamwork. Join us!

At Chr. Hansen we work to improve food and health, and our natural ingredients are consumed by more than 1 billion people every day.

For this to come true we operate integrated global production and supply chain networks using sophisticated technologies and processes. Automation, robotics and IT systems are key components but the key ingredient is efficient people teams focused on delivering to our customers.

As a global market leader in bioscience, we have the opportunity to address important global challenges such as food waste, healthy living, sustainable agriculture – and we need the smartest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Want to join us?

What we offer you?

Joining Chr. Hansen is your opportunity to make a meaningful difference while working for a global market leader.

Our employees are regarded as the most valuable asset of Chr. Hansen. We want to create a friendly and non-hierarchical work atmosphere, where our people feel fully engaged in your daily work. No matter which of our operations sites you based at, you will experience an agile organization with a short way from idea to implementation. Chr. Hansen offers an inspiring work environment where respect and teamwork are always the top priorities.

Since 1874, we have been at the forefront of innovation by constantly optimizing methods for our production, as well as the work condition for operations. We are proud to promote a safe work environment and a collaborative culture full of passion to make a difference.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

SCHEDULE: 3rd Shift, Sunday - Thursday, 10:00pm - 6:30am

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Fermentation Technician is responsible to manufacture bacterial cultures that meet or exceed company quality standards (cGMP) throughout the entire manufacturing process cycle. These activities include: Set up/Assembly, Bulk Fermentation Processing, Extraction, and Filtration.

RESPONSIBILITIES

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty. Essential job functions and duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Operate process and utility equipment in a hygienic and safe manner in accordance with all processing procedures, cGMP, HAACP and SHE instructions and guidelines. Production equipment includes, but not limited to: Fermenters, Centrifuges, Heat Exchanges, Clean-in-Place (CIP) & Clean-out-of-place (COP) sanitation systems, UHT, blend tanks, freezers, scales, freeze dryers, mills, pelletizers, dishwashers and autoclaves. Required to perform Lock-Out, Tag Out, Try Out (LOTOTO) for equipment and follow all applicable permits.
  • Monitor the status of the production process and control system. This may include, but not limited to, collecting samples for various analysis, recording data, making pH adjustments, identification of variances in raw materials, foreign debris, color changes, smell, moisture and temperature variations. Interpret data historian trends and control the process via the Human Machine Interfaces (HMI’s).
  • Maintain accurate written records or logs of all production processes, cleaning or maintenance completed.
  • Performs aseptic technique.
  • Performs minor maintenance work (including operator lead preventative maintenance) on equipment when necessary to ensure continuous operation process. Manages work order requests through our electronic work order system.
  • Safely moves equipment, product, and materials with powered pallet jacks.
  • Follows all necessary standard operating procedures (SOP’s) and Work Instructions (WI’s). Assists with writing and updating SOP’s and WI’s as needed.
  • Assist in maintaining all process areas within the manufacturing environment to comply with current regulatory guidelines and procedures.
  • Participates in activities and initiatives for the following: Manufacturing Excellence, Continuous Improvement, Asset Health Management, Site Safety and Quality Programs, and Personal/Team Development.
  • REQUIREMENTS

    The appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are achievable through the following combination of education, work experience and training:

  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)
  • 2+ years of relevant experience in an FDA-regulated or controlled manufacturing environment; preferably industrial fermentation or pharmaceuticals.
  • Knowledge in cGMP, inspection guidelines, sanitation, food regulations, and product safety.
  • Basic understanding of the purpose and contents within Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and knowledge of various types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available and the ability to properly wear the necessary PPE (as applicable).
  • Basic mathematical skills and the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and conversions.
  • Demonstrated Excel, Outlook, Word and general Microsoft office skills. The ability to be trained to use computers which will be required to monitor production status, enter data into various databases, review/retrieve SOP’s and WI’s and provide e-mail correspondence.
  • Ability to work within established routines, methods and procedures under very strict parameters.
  • Ability to lift up to 55 pounds.
  • Ability to work as a team player with a positive attitude. Hungry for success.
  • Excellent communication skills; both written and verbal with the ability to read and comprehend English.
  • Must be willing to work overtime, weekends, holidays, and varying shifts, as required.
  • Preferred

  • An associate degree or bachelor’s degree in industrial fermentation, processing technician, chemistry, microbiology, biology, food science or life sciences-related degree.
  • Experience in a fermentation-based, food-grade manufacturing facility.
  • Operational understanding of the following processes: scale up and inoculation, fermentation, centrifugation, pelletizing, and CIP processes.
  • Solid understanding of loop tuning and programming issues and ability to provide solutions.
  • Advanced Microsoft office skills.
  • Demonstrated self-learning skills.
  • Previous experience with new-facility start up or new line/process start-up.
  • Understanding and involvement in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and continuous improvement process.
  • Ability to repair or modify machinery, vehicles, or computers.
  • Frequency Scale

    Definition

    Rare (R)

    <25 minutes of an 8 hour work day

    Occasional (O)

    25 minutes to 2 ½ hours of an 8 hour work day

    Frequent (F)

    2 ½ to 5 ½ hours of an 8 hour work day

    Constant (C)

    5 ½ to 8 hours of an 8 hour work day

    Physical Demands

    R

    O

    F

    C

    Activity Description

    Standing

    X

    While putting machines together. While weighing out ingredients. Sanitizing rooms

    Walking

    X

    Moving ingredients from room to room. Sanitizing rooms

    Sitting

    Not observed and non throughout day per employee report.

    Bending at the waist

    X

    Scrub floors while sanitizing rooms which to complete entire task takes about 90 minutes.

    Scooping smaller ingredients out of bins.

    Squatting

    X

    When lifting bags and bins from the floor to cart or to media make machines.

    Waist to waist lifting

    10# weights and smaller to calibrate scales.

    Ingredient bags from cart to cart weighing up to 50#.

    Lifting ingredients into media make machines.

    Up to 80 bags, each weighing up to 50# in large media make room. Ingredient bins from floor to cart weighing 55# (25 kg).

    #

    55#

    #

    #

    Waist to floor lifting

    Ingredient bags from floor to cart weigh up to 50#.

    Ingredient bins from floor to cart weighing 55# (25 kg).

    Lifting ingredients into media make machines that make product.

    Up to 80 bags, each weighing up to 50# in large media make room.

    Move ammonia tank. Weighs 68 lbs. (31 kg). This is a 2 person transfer.

    Lifting blue pallet from floor, weighs about 10#.

    #

    55#

    #

    #

    Waist to above shoulder level lifting

    None observed today

    #

    #

    #

    #

    Bilateral Carrying

    Ingredient bags that weigh up to 50#. Ingredient bins that weigh up to 55# (25 kg)

    Carry 44 # (20kg) bags upstairs.

    55#

    Pushing

    Pushing Freeze Dry tray carts. Average 80# if full.

    When putting together machine in the media make room.

    Maneuvering Ingredient bins. Maneuvering manual pallet jack, when needed, to move product. Push force is 48#.

    Barrel lift that moves 250# barrels.

    Maneuvering 4 wheeled carts with smaller amounts of ingredients on .

    80#

    40#

    #

    #

    Pulling

    Pulling Freeze Dry tray carts. Average 80# if full.

    When putting together machine in the media make room.

    Ingredient bins.

    Maneuvering manual pallet jack, when needed, to move product. Pull force is 40#

    Barrel lift that moves 250# barrels.

    Maneuvering 4 wheeled carts with smaller amounts of ingredients on .

    80#

    40#

    #

    #

    Kneeling

    X

    Unlock ingredient bins before rolling

    Crouching

    X

    Unlock ingredient bins before rolling.

    Sustained Mid-Level Reach

    X

    Putting machine together media make room.

    Sanitizing rooms with long handled brush, walls and floors about 2-3 times per week. Takes about 30 minutes of scrubbing time.

    Sustained Elevated Reach

    X

    Putting machine together media make room.

    Sanitizing rooms with long handled brush, walls and floors about 2-3 times per week. Takes about 30 minutes of scrubbing time.

    Standing on ladder and reaching overhead working with bins and scrubbing them.

    Stair Climbing

    X

    Going to second level to work with top of large tanks.

    Ladder Climbing

    X

    Moving 10 foot A-frame ladders and climbing to check valves on tanks

    Simple Grasp

    X

    Putting machine together in media make room.

    Carrying lighter bags of ingredients.

    Firm Grasp

    X

    Putting machine together in media make room.

    Squeezing spray bottles while putting together machine in media make room.

    Moving 50# bags and 55# bins.

    Maneuvering pallet jacks.

    Pinching

    X

    Putting machine together in media make room

    Fine Motor Coordination

    X

    Putting machine together in media make room

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    About Chr. Hansen

    Chr. Hansen is the world’s most sustainable food ingredients company and uniquely positioned to drive positive change through our microbial solutions, which touch the lives of more than 1 billion people every day. Over more than 145 years, we have worked to enable sustainable agriculture, cleaner labels and healthier living for more people around the world. We have come far on our journey, and delivered strong results, and as we continue to unlock the power of good bacteria through new technologies, there is so much more we can do.

    We are passionate about what we do because we know we can make a difference for people, animals and plants. And ultimately for our planet. It’s part of our culture, our history and our strategy.

    Our employees are at the heart of everything we do and the driving force enabling us to live our mission to pioneer microbial science to improve food, health and productivity in our endeavor to grow a better world. Naturally.

    If you need more information?  

    Read more about a career at Chr. Hansen here: https://www.chr-hansen.com/en/career

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  • 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)

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