Quality Assurance Associate

Job Description

Position Purpose:

The Quality Assurance Associate is responsible to assist the QA Manager in all assigned Quality Management System activities and to ensure compliance to company requirements for candle manufacturing. Assist in developing, implementing and maintaining quality assurance processes within a Quality Management System structure. Overall responsibility includes document control, change control, root cause investigations, internal audit system oversight, production monitoring and other duties as assigned.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Promote quality awareness throughout the organization.
  • Ability to lead by example and mentor, coach and guide others of QMS requirements
  • Responsible to maintain the Document Control function in accordance with company requirements. Responsibilities include organizing, controlling, tracking and maintaining documents, master SOP’s, forms, in electronic and hard copy format.
  • Develops and maintains databases and spreadsheets using computer software to provide accurate and timely information needed to manage department services. 
  • Prepares reports, charts and other appropriate materials to support proposed changes and improvements. 
  • Examines documents for completeness and data accuracy and resolves discrepancies with document originators. May need to format documents to meet SOP or document requirements. 
  • Provide training on SOPs and other documentation as needed.
  • Monitors and tracks training of new/revised SOPs and corrective actions.
  • Write or revises procedures related to document control and other areas of functional responsibility.
  • Identify product or process deficiencies and weaknesses in the interest of driving continuous improvements. 
  • Perform internal Quality System audits, report findings to management, and track completion of corrective and preventive actions.
  • Perform effectiveness checks of completed corrective and preventive actions, as needed.
  • Prepare trend analysis reports/graphs for CAPA, Internal Audit and NCR systems.
  • Support ordering of office supplies
  • Monitor daily production activities and provide compliance guidance and direction to production personnel. 
  • Ability to be flexible and contribute outside the assigned scope of responsibilities.
  • Performs any other miscellaneous duties that may be assigned.

Job Requirements

Knowledge and Background Requirements:

  • Experience in a start-up company is preferred but not necessary
  • Prefer 5 years’ experience working in a GMP regulated environment (food, Pharmaceutical or cosmetics) or ISO9001 certified company
  • Knowledge of GMP, ISO 9001 or other regulated industry
  • Must have proven proficiency in using Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Outstanding attention to details
  • Bilingual in writing and speaking Spanish preferred
  • Experience working within the framework of a Quality Management System which is subject to GMP and ISO requirements.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Passion for driving continuous process improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience with Document Control processes and other quality system processes
  • Proficient in the review, formatting, analysis, proofing, and associated change process management of quality system documents to ensure that all documents meet the appropriate company procedures.
  • Strong writing, quality review and editing skills

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associate with the job.  While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the Company reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (i.e., emergencies, changes in personnel, work load, rush jobs, or technological developments).

NEW PRODUCT DESIGNER

Job Description

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:

Empire Candle Co., LLC is looking for a New Product Designer that will design home fragrance products, packaging and labels (Candles, Warmers, Melts etc.) that will meet the retailers and consumer needs while maximizing profitability. The New Product Designer will develop a deep understanding of the business (costs, margins, production capabilities etc.) and be able to leverage consumer trends to develop new product ideas that will drive profitable volume. They will work with our Purchasing department and China office to identify new materials, new product categories and new merchandising platforms (displays, gift sets etc.) that can be leveraged to fill our new product pipeline.  The New Product Designer will also work directly with key customers to help develop thee appropriate product solutions to meet their strategic needs and drive incremental volume for the company.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Project manage the development of new products.
    • Develop product concepts to meet the needs of our customers.
    • Determine financial viability using the estimator tool.
    • Utilize internal project tracking software (CRM) to progress and track our New Product Development Process.
    • Ensure that project is flawlessly executed across cross functional groups.
  2. Ability to translate business strategies and opportunities into cost effective products and programs.
  3. Work with Manager to develop strategies and tactics for digital assets and label designs.
  4. Conceptual planning from fragrance & color selection, to final power point presentations for range of customers within multiple channels of distribution.
  5. Knowledge of home décor market trends.
  6. Design product and packaging.
  7. Develop the appropriate creative briefs and style guides.
  8. Communicate regularly with Asia team in development of product and packaging.
  9. Create retail displays/plan-o-gram sets to meet customer’s specifications. 
  10. Design both print and digital catalogs.
  11. Work with customers to design advertising/brochures/sales sheets.
  12. Comply with all company policies and procedures.
  13. Must be able to work full time and on-site regular attendance is required.
  14. Must be able to work a flexible work schedule and overtime.
  15. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  1. A minimum of 5 years’ experience designing and developing new products for the retail / CPG industry.
  2. Experience creating creative briefs and style guides.
  3. 4-year College or University Degree in: Graphic Design, Visual Communications or similar
  4. Mac and PC proficient.
  5. Fluent in Adobe Creative Cloud; Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash desired, but not required.
  6. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Power point, Excel, Entourage)
  7. Ability to demonstrate independent and logical thinking skills, and take creative ideas into actions. 
  8. Understand business needs and insure creative solutions are cost effective.
  9. Strong design aesthetic with excellent layout and typography skills.
  10. Excellent team-working skills to interact with colleagues and cross-functional teams as well as outside parties.
  11. Self-driven and detail oriented; and able to identify problems and respond in a decent and prompt manner.
  12. Familiar with FTP upload and management.
  13. Familiar with pre-flighting and press checks.
  14. Organize packaging and company-owned graphic files electronically into a database, while maintaining excellent quality.
  15. Must be able to perform in a high-pressure, deadline driven environment.
  16. A strong professional portfolio.
  17. Photography skills including in-house photography, photo styling, and photo editing, an asset.
     

Job Snapshot

Employment Type:  Full-Time
Job Type:  Design, Marketing
Education:  4 Year Degree
Experience:  5 Years
Manages Others:  No
Relocation:  No
Industry:  Consumer Products, Sales - Marketing
Required Travel:  Not Specified

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job.  While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the Company reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (i.e., emergencies, changes in personnel, work load, rush jobs, or technological developments).

HR GENERALIST

Job Description

SUMMARY:

The Human Resource Generalist performs duties at the professional level in some or all of the following functional areas: employee relations, training, employment, affirmative action and employment equity program, benefits management, and payroll functions. This position requires an extremely perceptive person who is capable of relating to individuals at all levels within the organization. The generalist must be sensitive to corporate needs, employee goodwill and the business needs.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Full life-cycle recruiting for all positions. 
  2. Ensures all pre-employment screening processes are fulfilled.
  3. Administer Payroll on a weekly basis.
  4. Ensure New Hire Orientation is effectively executed as well as conduct portions of the New Hire Orientation/Paperwork.
  5. Maintains employee personnel files.
  6. Ensures compliance with I-9 Employment Eligibility Verifications; periodically audits Forms I-9.
  7. Administer COBRA and FMLA processes.
  8. Monitors employee eligibility for benefits plans.  Review benefits with employees and process enrollment, cancellation or changes.  Organizes and manages annual open enrollment communications and election process.  Maintains and distributes list of new and cancelled employees under each benefit plan.  Verifies benefit billing accuracy and processes for payment.
  9. Prepare daily labor report.
  10. Assist with employee/personnel projects, training and benefits administration.
  11. Support the company wide Safety Program.
  12. Reports, maintains and monitors all workers’ compensation case files; follows-up on open cases.
  13. Computer entry, prepare documents, electronic and paper file maintenance.
  14. Assist with arranging celebrations/functions for the employees.
  15. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  •  Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent 4 plus years of HR experience.
  • Must maintain strict confidence on all personnel related information.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and payroll programs.
  • Duties require professional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be detail oriented and have the ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent customer service skills, ability to communicate with all levels of employees throughout the company.

Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands & fingers, handle, or feel and use a computer. The employee frequently is required to talk, hear and reach with hands and arms.   The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to a computer monitor. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  There are times the employee will be required to walk through the production, receiving, and shipping areas which will require the use of protective eye wear.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type:  Full-Time
Job Type:  Human Resources
Shifts: M - F, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Education:  Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent 4 plus years of HR experience.
Experience:  4yr
Manages Others:  No
Industry:  Consumer Products, Manufacturing
Required Travel:  N/A

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associate with the job.  While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the Company reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (i.e., emergencies, changes in personnel, work load, rush jobs, or technological developments).

Pour Operator

Position Purpose:

Provide operations support in liquid filling

Key Responsibilities: 

Empire Brands Co. seeks high energy leaders ready to help shape the future by confronting new challenges, embracing new experiences and taking on increasing responsibilities. More specifically related to this role, the incumbent will have responsibilities to include, but not limited to:

  1. Comply with all workplace standards and safety procedures, including Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements (OSHA), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and Company Guidelines.
  2. Follow equipment operating parameters to maximize production, while meeting all product specifications. Ensure downtime is escalated properly and drive productivity.
  3. Perform the daily setup and routine operation including but not limited to: ensuring raw material accuracy, cleaning work space and equipment, ensuring clean pours and proper fill weights.
  4. Accurately complete and maintain production documentation
  5. Meet the production schedules outlined by the Scheduler and/or Supervisor.

Job Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • High School Diploma or GED required.

    •  Manufacturing experience in a fast-paced facility preferred.

    •  Demonstrated ability to successfully changeover/setup multiple production orders and strong troubleshooting skills required.

    •  Good written and verbal communication skills in English required.

    •  Demonstrated ability to work safely in a production environment required.

    •  Demonstrated ability to read/interpret/follow instructions in regard to workplace documentation, such as SOP’s, Operator Checklists, Work Instructions, etc.

    •  Must be able to demonstrate a good mathematical aptitude in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

    •  Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.

    •  Low sensitivity to highly fragranced work environment.

    •  Must be willing to work overtime as required, based on production demands.
    •  Open availability preferred for flexible scheduling.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type:  Full-Time
Shifts: M - TH, 1st shift 5:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 2nd shift 5:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Department:  Production
Education:  High School Diploma or Equivalent
Manages Others:  No
Industry:  Consumer Products, Manufacturing
Required Travel:  None
Base Pay:  N/A

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associate with the job. While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the Company reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (i.e., emergencies, changes in personnel, work load, rush jobs, or technological developments)

Mixer Operator

Job Description

Position Purpose:

Set up, operate and tend machines to mix or blend materials in making candles.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Weigh or measure materials, ingredients, and products to ensure conformance to requirements
  • Start machines to mix or blend ingredients: then allow them to mix for specified times.
  • Dump or pour specified amounts of materials into machinery and equipment
  • Observe production and monitor equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation
  • Stop mixing or blending machines when specified product qualities are obtained, and open valves and start pumps to transfer mixtures.
  • Add or mix chemicals and ingredients for processing, using hand tools or other devices.
  • Operate within standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Job Safety Analysis (JSAs). 
  • Communicate with mixers from other shifts.
  • Work with the QA department to insure quality standards are met.
  • Clean and maintain work area.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

 

Job Requirements

Knowledge and Background Requirements:

  • Basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills required. This is normally acquired through a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Forklift certification helpful but not required
  • Manual dexterity required for operating machinery.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds required.
  • Remain standing during shift

Working Conditions

Working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment. Work involves frequent lifting of materials and product up to 50 pounds. Machinery operation requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to; eye safety glasses, hearing protectors, work boots, and hardhats. Loose fitting clothes and jewelry are not permitted.

 

Job Snapshot

Employment Type:  Full-Time
Job Type:  Technical Services, Manufacturing
Shifts: M - TH, 1st Shift 5:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
Education:  High School Diploma or Equivalent
Experience:  Not Specified
Manages Others:  No
Industry:  Consumer Products, Manufacturing
Required Travel:  Not Specified

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associate with the job.  While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the Company reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (i.e., emergencies, changes in personnel, work load, rush jobs, or technological developments).

 

I have carefully read and understand the contents of this job description.  I understand the responsibilities, requirements and duties expected of me.  I also understand that this job description does not constitute a contract of employment nor alter my status as an at-will employee.  I have the right to terminate my employment at any time and for any reason, the Company has a similar right.

Line Lead

Job Description

Position Purpose:

Assist supervisors with the production lines.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Able to run all seven production lines and axillary equipment that is assigned to line.
  • Maintain production logs.
  • Verify work order for photo labels, UPC labels, case labels, boxes and partitions.
  • Able to install the photo and UPC labels and adjust all levers and rails on label machine.
  • Able to adjust rails and pressure of case taper.
  • Ensure labels are straight and centered.
  • Maintain quality standards.
  • Locate necessary labels on work order for finished product.
  • Verify part numbers match the product being packed.
  • Verify stacking pattern number on each work order and check SOP for stacking pattern number.
  • Track production proficiency in Sage
  • Update orders in system.
  • Must be cross trained to run all lines, to include the responsibilities of a Machine Operator.
  • Maintain speed of line at a safe pace.
  • Other duties assigned as needed.

Job Requirements

Knowledge and Background Requirements:

 Reading, writing and mathematical skills.

  • Must be able to communicate, both verbally and written, in English.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish a plus
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Able to work in a fast pace environment.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • ust be able to work a flexible schedule and overtime is mandatory.

Job Snapshot

Employment Type:  Full-Time
Job Type:  Technical Services, Manufacturing
Shifts: M - TH, 1st shift 5:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 2nd shift 5:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Education:  High School Diploma or Equivalent
Experience:  Not Specified
Manages Others:  No
Industry:  Consumer Products, Manufacturing
Required Travel:  Not Specified

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associate with the job.  While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the Company reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (i.e., emergencies, changes in personnel, work load, rush jobs, or technological developments).

 

I have carefully read and understand the contents of this job description.  I understand the responsibilities, requirements and duties expected of me.  I also understand that this job description does not constitute a contract of employment nor alter my status as an at-will employee.  I have the right to terminate my employment at any time and for any reason, the Company has a similar right.