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Quality Lab Technician 3

Location: Modesto, CA, US

Date: Jun 19, 2022

Company: E. & J. Gallo

Why Gallo?

With a global portfolio of over 100 unique wine and spirits brands, we are the largest family-owned winery in the world. Apply Today! Our Brands. Your Future.

A Quailty Lab Tech 3 uses advanced level chemical, microbiological, and manufacturing quality assurance experience to engage in the end to end execution of quality assurance operations support functions, ensuring wine products adhere to all winemaker, corporate, and regulatory specifications.  Duties include prioritizing quality analysis and directing workflow for assigned shift, training less experience technicians on the WAM response plan, actively supporting the product hold process, and developing the monthly shift schedules.  Also engages in day to day laboratory chemical and microbiological analysis to support quality assurance.
What You Will Do

  • Leads the direction of work-flow for assigned shift; makes decisions surrounding the prioritization of samples that will be run.
  • Trains less experienced technicians on the WAM response plan ensuring that all lab employees understand how to respond when samples do not meet specifications.
  • Actively participates in the “Hold” process, creating holds when sampled products do not meet outlined specifications; engages teams to work on releasing the product hold.
  • Partners with WAM Team Leaders to develop monthly shift schedules.
  • Leads advanced instrument and process troubleshooting efforts for the shift.
  • Engages in data reporting and data review/validation efforts for the shift to identify data outliers that could cause a reporting error.
  • Runs chemical and/or microbiological samples on products being produced and the machinery that it is being produced on; follows response plan if samples are out of tolerance.
  • Logs sample results into the laboratory information management system so winemakers, team leaders, operation manager and the WAM leadership team members are constantly aware of the quality of the product being produced at that time.
  • Engages in laboratory instrument calibration and minor troubleshooting as required; prepares chemical solutions used in the laboratory.
  • Mixes required solutions for analytical and micro analysis.
  • Prepares media and engages in sample plating; reads plates and logs results after cultures have had a chance to develop.
  • Collects samples from bottling lines to ensure that product is not being contaminated by machinery.
  • Cross-trains and serves as back-up to the WAM Technicians at the Spirits plant.

What You Need

  • Bachelor's or Associate's degree with a minimum of 12 units of completed college level chemistry or biology courses with labs; plus 2 year of Laboratory Technician support OR High School Diploma or State-issued equivalency certificate, plus 4 years of experience actively conducting chemical/microbiological analysis or 3 years of E & J Gallo Quality Assurance experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Skilled in reading, comprehending, interpreting and executing simple instructions, detailed work instructions, short correspondence and memos.
  • Skilled in writing simple correspondence.
  • Skilled in the use of MS Word and MS Excel.
  • Skilled in adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using whole numbers and decimals.
  • Required to work swing or graveyard shifts when scheduled.
  • Required to lift and move equipment weighing up to 45 pounds.

What Will Set You Apart

  • Bachelor's Degree in Biological or Natural Sciences, such as Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics, Food Science or Enology plus 2 years of quality assurance laboratory experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility in a manufacturing environment.

Gallo does not sponsor for employment based visas for this position now or in the future.

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Requisition ID: 87984 




Gallo is an Equal Employment opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles (such as braids, locks, and twists), color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition as defined by applicable state law (including cancer and predisposing genetic characteristics in California), genetic information, marital status, familial status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, sexual orientation (actual or perceived), transgender status, sex stereotyping, age, military or veteran status, domestic violence or sexual assault victim status, or any other basis protected by applicable law. 


We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gallo is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process.
If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at 209.341.7000.


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