Airgas Usa LLC Lead Operations/Quality Technician - Ashland, KY in Ashland, Kentucky

JOB SUMMARY: * TheLead Operations/Quality Technician*(LOQT) is responsible for the leadership of the quality function at the facility and the LOQT will assist the Plant / Facility Manager in the safe, reliable and efficient operations of the facility. The LOQT assists with developing new testing tools, methods and systems to ensure that products and services are of the highest quality, while complying with all regulatory agencies and requirements including, but not limited to FDA, OSHA, EPA, DHS and Airgas quality policies and procedures.

/ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES//:/ Overview: Plans, coordinates and directs quality assurance program and food safety programs designed to ensure quality production of products consistent with established standards by performing the following duties personally or through subordinates. Position Responsibilities * Implements and maintains EPA, FDA and Food Safety Programs, SQF, HACCP, SOP’s and other government compliance programs. * Leads any customer or 3rd party Quality or Food Safety Audits. * Maintains Customer Compliance Log; investigate quality complaints, recommend and implement corrective measures. * Assists Plant Manager and Engineering in R&D projects as a contributing team player. * Responsible for the monitoring and auditing of sanitation processes. * Liaison to USDA and all other food regulatory agencies. * Acts as a technical resource to all departments as necessary. * Updates and maintains all product specifications, control specifications, processes and practices; works with all operators and technicians to ensure any updates are understood and adhered to. * Responsible for delivering GMP training programs. * Conducts mock product recalls twice per calendar year. / / /Safety and Regulatory Compliance/

  • Promotes and develops safe work behaviors through the use of existing policies and procedures and an emphasis on safety behavior management techniques. Where gaps are identified within existing policies and procedures, this role will use any required resources to author procedures and policies to ensure personnel and site safety. Provides direct coaching to improve associates safety behaviors resulting in an improved safety culture.

  • Assists with safety incident investigations, including near misses, using root cause analysis leading to recommended corrective actions to eliminate recurrences.

  • Assists with the development of training tools and conducts training to support AMG’s safety, regulatory, continuous improvement and operational efficiency initiatives.

  • Ensures applicable regulatory (OSHA, EPA, DOT, DHS) requirements are met and applicable training and recordkeeping is performed to meet departmental and location requirements.

/Personnel and Personnel Development/ / / * Provides supervision of direct reports, as applicable, in accordance with the organization’s policies, procedures and applicable laws.

/Quality / Technical Support/

  • Validates required maintenance of instrumentation, electrical systems, compressors, pumps, turbines, valves, motors, and other plant equipment.
  • Validates required maintenance of environmental, safety, quality assurance, and FDA compliance systems and programs including spare parts, preventive, predictive and proactive maintenance.
  • Validates required monitoring and process evaluation of a site facility including evaluation of current process conditions and implementation of plant loading plans; evaluates and implements continuous improvement opportunities and ideas. / / /Business / Facility Management & Support/
  • Adheres to a sustainable process for maintenance of operational files and records; completes all required paperwork accurately, timely and in compliance with various company policies and procedures, to ensure full regulatory compliance.

  • Promotes and contributes to the continuous improvement of all applicable safety, environmental, quality and compliance programs. /QUALIFICATIONS: / To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Air Separation – Demonstrates advanced understanding of air separation and associated technologies.

  • Instrumentation and Electrical – Demonstrates an understanding of electrical principals in practical situations involving the operation and repair of complex electrical devices.
  • Mechanical aptitude - Demonstrates basic skills in mechanical systems maintenance.
  • Safety and Compliance – A fundamental understanding of all applicable regulations, laws, certifications and standards with a focus on how to achieve success in each discipline for a manufacturing environment.
  • Leadership – Candidate must have foundation to learn the leadership skills to effectively engage with a production staff.
  • Maintenance Programs - Familiar with modern maintenance programs, asset management systems and principals.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: * Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Microbiology or Engineering [ME, EE or ChemE] is preferred or equivalent education and experience * Minimum of 3 years of experience within Quality Assurance in a processing environment. * Working knowledge of Food Safety Programs including SQF, HACCP, SSOP’s and GMP principals. * Well versed in problem analysis/decision making process and identifying sound solutions. * Prior operations management of an air separation facility a plus * Prior experience with supervising a staff is preferred

COMPUTER SKILLS: * Moderate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: * Occasionally (1-33% of work time)

COMMUNICATION and/or CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS: * Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. * Strong verbal and communication skills, Spanish a plus * Ability to write routine technical procedures and policies in English. * Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from employees and/or customers. * Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. * Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals using the English language.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: * Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. * Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent’s.


None required

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.

Job: *Operations

Title: Lead Operations/Quality Technician - Ashland, KY

Location: Kentucky-Ashland-41101

Requisition ID: 13656