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Job Title: Lab Technician Student

Dates: 4-month internship, from September to December 2024

Location: 490 Gordon Street, Winchester, Ontario, K0C 2K0

* Winchester Ontario is about a 60-minute drive south of Ottawa and the town does not have public transportation. Student must have reliable means of transportation.

About Us:

Welcome to Lactalis Canada – where we take pride in being recognized as one of Forbes’ 2022 top employers! Our journey revolves around enhancing the lives of Canadians through a rich variety of dairy delights, including some of Canadian’s favourite dairy brands such as like Black Diamond Cheese, Lactantia Milk, Astro Yogurt, Balderson Cheese, and Cheestrings. In fact, we’re proud to say our products grace the shelves of an incredible 94% of Canadian households!

With a 140-year legacy driven by innovation and unwavering quality, we’re seeking like-minded individuals to join us in shaping our next chapter.

Lactalis Student Program:

At Lactalis, we are committed to cultivating talent and providing enriching opportunities that ignite passion and foster growth in our future leaders. Our student program is designed to nurture your potential by providing you with enriching work experience in a dynamic and innovative environment.

Lactalis Canada’s student program encourages curiosity, creativity, professional development, and personal growth. Not only will you develop your expertise through hands-on experiences, but you will also join a thriving network of Lactalis Students across Canada.

We are invested in your long-term success and aim to equip you with skills and experiences that will fuel your future!

About the opportunity:

The Lab Technician Student will focus on performing laboratory tests for quality control and reporting results to the quality supervisor.

The attributes we are looking for:

·       Perform analytical and microbiological, chemistry, and sensorial testing and analysis of in-process and finished product samples according to approved standard operating procedures.  Record and evaluate test data and notify the Quality Supervisor of any deviations from the prescribed product specifications.  Conduct root cause analysis and determine the necessary corrective action.

·       Conduct screening and monitoring tests on raw milk upon receipt where applicable.

·       Perform packaging checks at start up to make sure all information are correct and communicate any deviation or issues to Production Supervisor/Manager where applicable. (New).

·       Finished product sample collection according to the collection frequency as described in the procedure

·       Perform plant’s Environmental Monitoring and Water Quality programs (sampling, testing, recording and evaluating data) in compliance with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and/or Ministry of the Environment operational requirements.

·       Organize and conduct shelf-life evaluation of specified products.

·       Perform preventative maintenance and calibration of laboratory and plant analytical equipment.

·       Organize, test and communicate test results for various product trials that require chemical or microbiological testing.

·       Monitor the release of finished product and ensure nonconforming product is not released in accordance with QSL program and procedures.

·       Perform administrative duties such as maintain records, forms and logs including computer databases, and performing regular inventory checks and providing the Quality supervisor/Manager with a list of required supplies.

What you will bring:

·       Pursuing post-secondary education in food science or a related field of study

·       Knowledge of industry recognized quality control systems such as HACCP or ISO methodology is considered an asset

·       Thorough understanding of laboratory operations

·       Detail oriented and organized

·       Strong troubleshooting and continuous improvement skills

·       Strong written and verbal communication skills

·       Proficient with standard office computer technology such as Microsoft Office products as well as business systems such as SAP

What Lactalis will offer:

Lactalis Canada believes in rewarding its students with the following student package:

·       A competitive salary

·       8% vacation pay

·       Health & dental benefits starting day 1 (including coverage for vision, mental health practitioners, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, naturopathy, and more!)

·       A paid volunteer day to give back to your community

·       Learning and development opportunities

·       Social events with other students

·       Opportunities to learn about different functions within our company

·       Potential for future full time permanent opportunities!

Our ESG commitment:

Our ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) roadmap drives our sustainability mission. We aim to positively impact communities and the planet by enabling stakeholders including our people, consumers, customers, suppliers, dairy farmers, government, and industry partners to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our communities and the planet through all that we do.

At Lactalis Canada, we value our employees as catalysts for positive change. Together, we will create a sustainable future, promote belonging, and make a lasting impact on the world.

Our commitment to DEI:

Fuel Our Culture with Your Uniqueness! Lactalis thrives on the value each person brings. We’re dedicated to amplifying diverse voices, inviting personal and professional growth, and embracing everyone’s true selves. We’re committed to crafting an environment that genuinely welcomes all, reflecting the richness of our people and communities.

Our promise extends to accessible processes and spaces. If you require accommodation due to a disability (which may be visible or invisible, temporary, or permanent), please inform our Talent Acquisition team – confidentiality will be maintained.

Note: Lactalis Canada does not conduct credit or background checks through LinkedIn. If required, we’ll contact you after signing a Job Offer.

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