Assoc Research Scientist QA

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Salary period: Annual
The mission of Altria Group, Inc. is to own and develop financially disciplined businesses that are leaders in responsibly providing adult tobacco and wine consumers with superior branded products. Altria Group is the parent company of Philip Morris USA, the largest cigarette manufacturer in the United States, as well as U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company and John Middleton - recently acquired companies that offer leading brands in the growing moist smokeless tobacco and machine-made cigar categories.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ US Smokeless Tobacco Company's role is to responsibly manufacture and market its brands to adult tobacco consumers. We are currently seeking an Associate Scientist for our Quality Assurance Department located at the Franklin Park, IL facility. The selected candidate will provide direction for US Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing Company (USSTMC) Contamination Control and Sanitation (CC&S;) activities. The position is also responsible for monitoring conformance to product and process specifications in multiple phases of the manufacturing process, as well as for updating process assurance procedures to assure product integrity and conformance to regulatory requirements. Making recommendations regarding quality issues based on rigorous analysis of production and laboratory data, as well as to collaboratively drive quality initiatives with limited management oversight, is integral to success in this position.
Specific accountabilities include:
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Conducting sanitation audits within USSTMC facilities and providing written reports of results to plant management.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Providing resident expertise on Contamination Control and Sanitation (CC&S;) activities, including providing data to implement and support manufacturing's sanitation requirements.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Performing microbiological evaluations to provide direction for tobacco processing activities, as well as monitoring processed tobacco inventories in support of weekly production requirements.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Evaluating and performing testing procedures in support of evaluating product changeover procedures, approving new equipment installations, and supporting new process development activities in the manufacturing facilities.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Analyzing process and production data and providing direction to Manufacturing and Quality Assurance departments to resolve product quality issues as well as recommend continuous improvement efforts.
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Lead and participate on teams composed of participants from a myriad of disciplines (Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Business Management, Plant Maintenance and Equipment Operations).
ΓΆΒ ΒΆ Providing scientific knowledge in the areas of chemistry, microbiology and smokeless tobacco technology in order to assist in diagnosing and resolving process or product issues and identifying special testing requirements

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