Operation's Quality Specialist (Dairy/Cheese)

Tillamook Dairy Boardman , OR 97818

Posted 4 months ago

Operations Quality Specialist

Come join the Tillamook Team where our philosophy is "Dairy Done Right." As an independent farmer-owned cooperative, we have been guided by good, honest values since 1909. We believe in putting quality over profit, natural over artificial, and that hard work can never be outsmarted. We're taking a stand for real food, because everyone deserves better.

About you:

What does real food mean to you? Is your favorite dish a cheesy casserole? Perhaps a decadent and indulgent ice cream? Either way, your identification with food is important to us. People who fit well here at Tillamook have a commitment to quality in everything they do. Our team members understand our vision, contribute to our mission, thrive on innovative thinking, hard work and good, honest values.

About us:

Our team members understand our vision, contribute to our mission, thrive on innovative thinking, hard work and good, honest values. We live by these shared values: We are Good Stewards, We believe in Uncompromising Quality, We work as One Team, We Play to Win, and We Genuinely Care for each other.

What you will do:

The Op's QC Lab Tech supports QC lab and plant-wide quality testing. Duties may include cheese, whey, and milk analysis; microbial sample collection and analysis, milk component analysis, some sensory evaluation, antibiotics and general testing and lab clean up.

Here's a day in the life:

  • Instrumentation calibration and verification

  • Complete analytical and some organoleptic assessments to ensure quality attributes of products

  • Co-ordinate with the production department to meet the quality specifications and the customer targets

  • Ensure that the laboratory meets the guidelines of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) in the quality manual

  • Learn new skills and show initiative to complete all laboratory duties as assigned by management

  • Milk Receiving QA equipment maintenance

  • When trained, calibrate FT-1 milk, whey and cream channels

  • Wash and sanitize lab equipment

  • Review all results and look for outliers or trends that need to be rechecked

  • Compute results of chemistry analysis for cheese and whey

  • Component and chemical analysis on in process and two-day old cheese sample plugs from each vat of cheese

  • Component and chemical analysis on Raw Milk, Whey, WPC, Lactose, Skim Milk, Cream loadouts, and Sweet Cream received

  • Sample collection from milk receiving and preparation for farm milk samples to TCCA

  • Temperature recording on all incubators and refrigerators on proper forms

  • Completes data entry facilities sampling data generation and reporting to internal management and sends formal reports to patrons via email or mail.

  • Take initiative to assist with regular inventory of laboratory supplies to ensure proper rotation and ordering needs

  • Utilize a computer with intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and SharePoint. Intermediate to Advance Excel skills are preferred.

  • Work under pressure, meet deadlines, and be flexible in working on multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Demonstrate excellent time-management skills with the ability to work independently with little supervision.

  • Bacterial analysis on liquid samples for PAC, yeast and mold, and Coli form counts

Skills you'll need:


  • Bachelor's degree in dairy science or related field.
  • 1 to 3 years relating to Micro and Chemistry testing experience specific to dairy environments


Must be able to pass pre-employment testing; ability to be forklift certified.

Industry leading benefit and reward programs:

We offer outstanding benefits to our employees. For more information, please visit the careers page: www.tillamook.com/careers.

We are committed to creating a diverse culture and inclusive conditions where all employees are heard, valued and feel a sense of belonging. We rely on different perspectives, thoughts, backgrounds and cultures to inform our work, to help us be better as a brand and as an employer and to fuel our success. We are seeking talent from a wide range of diversity, perspectives and backgrounds to join our exceptional organization and help us build our future.

Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) is a Drug-Free Workplace. EEO/AA

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Operation's Quality Specialist (Dairy/Cheese)

Tillamook Dairy