QA Technician

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: In 1984, Sun Orchard had an idea that genuine, fresh great tasting citrus juice could be extracted directly from fruit that was deemed not right for sale in grocery but certainly of the highest quality. As a result, through commitment to quality, customers, and employees for almost 40 years, Sun Orchard is North America's leading full-service provider of all-natural NFC citrus ingredients and refreshments. The business began in foodservice by crafting superior customizable solutions for North America's best foodservice operators and distributors. As the business grew so did our assets to include multiple manufacturing plants positioned strategically across the United States. We not only offered multiple fill sizes for foodservice but began selling drums to specialty industrial customers and developing premium private brands ready to drink smoothies for the country's largest grocery and club stores.

Sun Orchard vision is to inspire a world that believes in genuine ingredients and refreshments. Our products are made from the freshest citrus fruits, carefully crafted and gently pasteurized to ensure freshness and safety. This is done by a caring team who are experienced and highly skilled. At Sun Orchard, we are confident that our people are our greatest assets. We build lasting partnerships and are continuously investing in our supply chain, people, customers and suppliers Let us show you what we do, how we do it and what we believe. Sun Orchard is the undisputed market leader in not-from-concentrate citrus ingredients and refreshments. This always starts from freshest citrus varietals sourced from the best growing regions. The world is our pantry and have built an all-natural supply chain that provides a superior advantage. We have over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing space in US. Our manufacturing plants are bicoastal locations resulting in distribution benefits related to shelf life, transit time and freight costs.

DESCRIPTION: The Quality Assurance Technician position coordinates with operations and QA personnel by checking the daily bottling schedule, furnishing, and maintaining product specifications, performing routine analyses on incoming raw material, blending, and bottling products, maintaining and documenting routine quality systems, performing multiple lab tasks, and advising supervisors of deviations from the process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Performs inspection and testing activities to ensure continuous control over materials, facilities, and products throughout the production cycle.
  • Testing and performing adjustments on product blends according to required specifications.
  • Determines Brix-Acid Ratio (BAR) and oil level in product blends.
  • Microbiological testing of certain raw material and finished products.
  • Performs visual inspections of equipment and machinery post sanitation.
  • Maintains quality assurance objectives complementary to corporate policies and goals.
  • Follows company policies and procedures including cGMPs, SOPs, SSOP, Food Safety/HACCP/SQF or other food safety schemes, GLP, OSHA standards.
  • Completes facility walkthrough using the above-mentioned standards.
  • Inspects all job assignments for quality and completion.
  • Ensures work is documented properly and timely.
  • Performs quality-related, special projects as instructed (i.e. shelf life studies, flavor panels, audits, etc.)
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.


SHIFT: Nights

POSITION REQUIREMENTS: Qualifications include:

  • Education: High school diploma or GED is required; college-level coursework in food science, chemistry, biology, microbiology, or a related field is preferred.
  • Experience: Some experience in food plant processes preferred, with a preference for citrus or lab experience. May consider school lab experience.
  • Language/Communications: Ability to read, analyze, follow, and interpret general procedure manuals. Able to read professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. It is helpful to be able to understand and interpret scientific literature.
  • Language/Speech: English is the primary language. Bilingual ability (Spanish) is a plus.
  • Reasoning: Ability to define problems, collect data, troubleshoot, establish facts, and draw some conclusions that are reasonable within the person's ability.
  • Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software (Microsoft Word); Spreadsheet software (Microsoft Excel); Manufacturing software (ERP); and general email writing and online research skills.
  • Science skills: The person should have a good understanding of basic science - biology, chemistry, microbiology, physics, or engineering. Knowledge of basic HACCP principles is a plus.
  • Mathematical Skills: The person should be able to work simple mathematical problems and to work with fractions, decimals, and Standard and Metric systems

WHY WORK FOR US?: We are a fast-paced environment, with opportunities for advancement and we offer superior benefits including: Medical, Dental, Vision, & additional life benefits, Company paid life, Optional Flexible Spending Account, 401K program, paid sick and vacation time.

EOE STATEMENT: Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at Sun Orchard, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic background, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, pregnancy, veteran or military status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic as established by applicable federal, state or local law.








PAY: Starting at $17.00 per hour


Sun Orchard LLC
Full time
Salary Range
$29,000.00 - 43,000.00
per Year
Salary range estimated by
Haines City, FL 33844, US