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Lab Technician (Quality Assurance)

Company: Hawkins Chemical
Location: Centralia
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Hawkins, Inc. is a formulator, manufacturer, blender, distributor, and sales agent for thousands of industrial chemicals and reagent grade laboratory chemicals sold to municipalities and businesses throughout the Central United States. Thousands of organizations across a variety of industries have depended on Hawkins for the chemical products they need since 1938.


At Hawkins, we are continually improving our quality management system and educating across the organization about the value of quality, confirming everyone understands their role as a quality champion. Through transparency, internal Hawkins employees, external suppliers, and contracted business partners ensure product safety and quality through regulatory compliance, supply chain control, and quality data management.

We are looking for a Lab Technician to join our Quality Assurance team at our production facility in Centralia, IL. The Quality Technician has the accountability for inspecting and verifying that the product produced is made in accordance with the Customer's specification and meets the Company's quality expectations. Performing validation, verification of monitoring activities, product sampling, inspection, analysis and internal audits at all stages of production per governing regulations.


Lab Testing

  • Perform receipt inspection and release of raw materials.
  • Issue and review batch records for manufacturing and packaging (as required).
  • Issue labels and seals (as required).
  • Perform product testing (as required; raw materials, in-process and final product).

Quality Management System

  • Execute retain sample process and maintenance as required.
  • Perform final product verification and release as required per product and process (as required).
  • Perform batch record review and approval (as required).
  • Generate Certificates of Analysis and verify product meets all specifications (internal and external).
  • Identify and quarantine non-conforming material throughout all stages of production.
  • Execute routine process monitoring (as required).
  • Ensure all aspects of job responsibilities are documented to ensure job instructions remain current to practices throughout all stages of production.
  • Review department systems to improve processes and procedures; eliminate non-value added activities.
  • Deploy continuous improvement of system including modification of current processes and procedures as necessary.
  • Collect and analyze relative data to drive process improvements.
  • Conduct root cause analysis on issues to establish corrective and preventive actions and monitor effectiveness of those actions.
  • Partner with Operations personnel to resolve issues and create process efficiencies.
  • Monitor, maintain, and improve all product safety and quality programs


  • Monitor food regulations to ensure compliance


  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, food science or related field required.
  • 1-3 years previous experience in food industry.
  • 1-3 years quality experience
  • Lab experience preferred
  • Strong knowledge of analytical test methodology and the ability to analyze and interpret results.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft applications - Outlook, Word, Excel.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Proficient at organization, time management and multi-tasking.
  • Ability to communicate well with all disciplines throughout the site.
  • Able to work independently to juggle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Deadline driven.
  • Able to work efficiently, independently and as part of collaborative team.
  • Experience in a GFSI facility, SQF preferred
  • Familiar with FSMA regulations


Hawkins offers a competitive compensation and benefit package and is an award-winning employer and organization! Learn more about us at (NASDAQ: HWKN)

All resumes/applications must be submitted online.

Hawkins, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status.

Hawkins, Inc. is a Drug Free Workplace Employer

Keywords: Hawkins Chemical, Decatur , Lab Technician (Quality Assurance), Other , Centralia, Illinois

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