QA Plant Specialist – 1st & 2nd Shift

The Masterson Co., Inc.

Milwaukee, WI


The Quality Plant Specialist works as a partner with the Production Department to oversee shift quality.  This role completes additional testing during the production process, helps correct in-process issues as well as assists employees and provides direction to personnel in the proper testing procedures - including the use of laboratory equipment, documentation, and inspection of products at various stages of production process to ensure compliance with company, customer or government quality standards.

1st Shift is from approximately 6am-2pm.

2nd Shift is from approximately 2pm-10pm. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the quality testing and documentation of shift employees primarily from the Production department.  Acts as a resource when quality, food safety or processing issues are encountered and follows through to resolution.  Help fix in-process issues or make a determination for product to be put on quality hold.  
  • Selects products for tests at specified stages in production process, and tests products for variety of qualities such as brix, pH, color, viscosity, and temperature.   Records test data.
  • Evaluates data and writes reports to validate or indicate deviations from existing standards.
  • Supports production on product test runs.
  • Makes recommendations to QA management for modifications of existing quality or production standards to achieve optimum quality within limits of equipment capability.
  • Reviews existing formulas and makes recommendations to the processing procedure and specifications based on actual plant runs.
  • Calibrates lab testing equipment as required.
  • Assists Quality Plant Supervisor with providing training to shift personnel on testing and documentation procedures.
  • Adheres to all GMP, including sanitary requirements, Safety, Food Safety, and Standardized Work procedures.
  • All other related duties as assigned.

Requirements and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in food sciences, microbiology, or related field required or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3+ years experience in Quality Technician or related manufacturing quality position required.
  • Previous experience in food manufacturing preferred.
  • Detailed oriented with the ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability, statistics, and risk analysis.  Ability to identify trends and patterns.
  • Ability to identify problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions based on common sense and technical expertise. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and product samples quality results.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Family-owned for over 150 years, Masterson Foods has a rich history and reputation as a quality supplier of premium sweet and savory food products. We are a recognized leader in supplying these products and customized manufacturing solutions to the restaurant, packaged ice cream, and contract manufacturing segments of the food industry. Through a process of continuous improvement and renewal, Masterson will exceed the expectations of our customers, employees, and community. We are committed to being a good neighbor, an attractive and ethical place to work, and an attentive supplier.

 Masterson Foods is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.