Quality Systems Specialist: Rahr Corporation

Quality Systems Specialist:

Join Rahr Corporation for an exciting opportunity to combine your expertise in lab management with your passion for technical systems to oversee the lab data management. In this dynamic hybrid role, you will be responsible for technical data management system design and integrity for all Technical Center functions associated with QC, Research and pilot malting and Brewing. The Quality Systems Specialist role is a highly visible and emerging position that requires someone driven to succeed in his or her own career within the food manufacturing industry. You will build your credibility as an LIMS subject matter expert and display your professionalism and adaptability as you lead all data analysis methodologies, data extraction, statistical analysis, and reporting.

If you are looking for an opportunity to really impact the business and manage emerging process improvements across the organization, join our team today.

Based in our corporate office in Shakopee, MN, your main mission as our Quality Systems Specialist will be to develop strategic directives and implement these directives, optimize and maintain the Rahr corporation Quality data system programs, and serve as the subject matter expert in data quality metrics, data extraction, statistical analysis, training and report writing. This includes data analyses, LIMS integration, data maintenance and configuration required for the Technical Center and remote QC laboratories.

We look for this person to ideally have a ISO/IEC 17025 expertise and five plus years of LIMS experience, preferably with Sample Manager/LIMS package (Thermo Fisher Scientific). Your highly polished interpersonal and communication skills will allow you to partner with our other departments to discuss process improvement strategies and make recommendations to help them achieve food grade quality standards. Attention to detail and a positive, proactive work ethic will be critical in this role. This, combined with your love of data analysis will help you as you manage the technical data processes. Strong communication and technical skills with Microsoft Office products are expected. Join us today to take your career to the next level with an industry leader in a position that requires a balance between solid analytical skills and the professional finesse to communicate and interact with various teams in this exciting and dynamic position!

Principal Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assist VP to develop strategic directives to implement, optimize and maintain a Quality data systems program to support Rahr Technical Center and Rahr Corporation incoming barley and outgoing malt quality initiatives.

  • Implement and maintain ISO/IEC 17025 Certification for the Rahr Corporate Quality Labs.

  • Maintain integration of all Technical Center data management systems including any integration requirements with the corporate ERP system

  • Organize and maintain laboratory information management system in coordination with IT, QC and R&D leadership and staff, and ensure accurate data warehousing, data processing, and reporting in in compliance with the ISO/IEC 17025 requirements.

  • Acts as a subject matter expert (SME), assist RTC management by organizing and reporting data quality metrics for Technical Center brewing & research operations, quality assurance, including specification compliance systems for raw materials, production lots and outgoing shipments.

  • Implement automated processes for regular quality trending reporting.

  • Recommend and upon approval implement new features for the integration of data from all Technical Center and QC activities. This includes micromalting, pilot malting, pilot brewing, R&D and QC analyses, including reporting for all sites.

  • Assure all QC and analytical data meets industry accuracy requirements through routine operational observations, collaborative analyses, trending analysis and recommend follow-up actions as needed.

  • SME in LIMS, providing training and technical assistance to end users for Rahr Corporation, Rahr Technical Center and QC.

  • Assist to develop and generate COA footprints for all outgoing raw materials and implement any changes as required by customers or food safety compliance.

  • Develop and maintain searchable archives system for research reports.

  • Edit and update SOPs for LIMS related analyses.

  • Participate as a team member on all collaborative research issues as requested and support all research efforts that require or can be benefited through data management capabilities and expertise.

  • Assist in laboratory and research activities as needed

Rahr Corporation is a privately-held, family-owned company established in 1847 and headquartered in Shakopee, MN. Rahr Corporation owns and operates Rahr Malting Co., the largest single-site malting facility in the world with additional operations in North Dakota and Canada; Brewers Supply Group (BSG), a craft brewing ingredient supply and distribution business with locations across the U.S. and Canada; and is an owner in Koda Energy, a renewable fuels co-generation power plant on its site in Shakopee.

Rahr Corporation has over 400 employees. Our work culture remains family friendly and provides our employees with great benefits and work-life balance.

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