Food Technician

The Southern California Food Allergy Institute (SCFAI) is a nonprofit dedicated to providing innovative and safe treatment for the 6 million children in the U.S. who suffer from food anaphylaxis. Our organization offers a form of immunotherapy resulting in desensitization and tolerance for children to the foods to which they were previously anaphylactic. 
SCFAI is seeking a detail-oriented and highly organized Food Technician to support our Tolerance Induction Program.  The Food Technician will play a vital role in the treatment process by implementing and improving upon our current preparation of food proteins used in our program according to Standard Operating Procedures and company protocols. This position requires attention to detail and high degree of accuracy. 
Currently SCFAI utilizes various whole food products including seeds, tree nuts, etc., in order to process, extract and measure non-cross contaminated food protein measurements.  The measured products are utilized in the treatment process of the Tolerance Induction Program.
What you’ll do
-          Support the clinic’s food dosing efforts by preparing measured food doses for patient’s to take home or for same day food challenges. This will require proper use of a balance & measuring tools for high degree of accuracy.
-          Track and manage food inventory; Source food and nuts for price and quality-  vet manufacturers to ensure food is not produced in factory with exposure to other foods.
-          Prepare foods for dosing by grinding solid foods such as nuts or legumes down to powder form (millimeter size granules).
-          Accurately measure doses according to provider’s orders. 
-          Properly label measured doses; using diligence and attention to detail to avoid mislabels or possible cross contamination of foods.
-          Contribute ideas for workflow improvements that will increase efficiency and reduce costs.
-          Monitor expiration dates of stored foods and prepared doses.
-          Maintain a clean and organized work area throughout the day. Clean workstation, scale and other supplies in between different food/nut type preparations to eliminate risk of cross contamination.
-          Perform quality/safety check for each dose prepared.
-          Fulfill Food dose orders in a timely manner, staying current or ahead of production schedule.
-          Patch production: oversee preparation of patch trays by preparing antigens for patch testing per providers orders. Follow standard protocols for allergy patch testing.
-          Peanut dosing: constitute liquid peanut mixture and measure doses using pipette and vials. Laboratory task. Requires high attention to detail and accuracy.
-          Develop standardized operating procedures for all food protein extraction to allow training of further staff/technicians in the process. 

Who you are
-          Prior experience in nutriceuticals, medical foods or food safety laboratory type environments is preferred
-          You have a high attention to detail
-          Ability to complete repetitive tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention through each process.
-          Aptitude to perform basic math, understanding of measurements; ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, unit conversions.
-          Ability to understand the critical risks associated with measurement errors, labeling errors or cross contamination. 
-          Able to work in a confined, controlled environment for extended periods of time, functioning effectively as a team member
-          Excellent hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.
-          Ability to think and plan in a logical sequential order.
-          High School Diploma or GED equivalent. 
-          Associates Degree preferred with coursework in the Sciences/ completion of pharmacy technician certification from accredited school or similar.


What we offer:

We offer comprehensive benefits package including: competitive salary; medical, dental, vision insurance; retirement plan with match, generous PTO and paid holidays, Free Parking, limitless growth opportunity.


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