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Quality Lab Technician


Duluth, MN

Employer:  Primient
Category:  Engineering
Job Type:  Full Time


Lab Technician

Duluth, MN

Ready for a Quality career with more impact? Join a market leader in ingredient manufacturing that is poised for a new era of success.


Established yet entrepreneurial: Primient is an industry leader with proven products, six manufacturing plants, 1500+ employees and deep roots in corn wet milling. Yet we're also a brand-new company that is ready to drive change and create impact.

Inspired by a meaningful purpose: we use renewable sources to produce plant-based ingredients for some of the world's best-known brands. It feels good to produce safe, high-quality, sustainable products - that go into everything from sodas to hand cream and cardboard to clothing.

Poised for a new era of success: we're investing in our plants and people to unlock our potential in the industrial and food sectors. Guided by our values of Safety, Excellence, Integrity, and Growth, we're focused on growing our business, our reputation, and the career of every colleague.


Primient customers trust us to provide high quality ingredients for their manufacturing processes. Our Plant Quality team leads on key strategic and process initiatives to strengthen our standards even further and ensure we maintain key accreditations.

The work includes instrumental analysis of process streams and products utilizing HPLC, KF, titration, and pH meters, as well as physical testing using balances and sieves. The person in this position will be expected to work with the Quality Assurance team to gain the understanding of the maintenance and repair of laboratory equipment and help to maintain the laboratory equipment in both the QA and process labs. The understanding of SAP lab, production and shipment transactions will be required. The data generated is used to support the manufacturing processes and for quality control of finished products. Data entry may be made into MDE and SAP. Data sharing is also conducted by hard
copy, fax, phone, or spreadsheets. This position requires 10 hour shifts and some shift flexibility to cover vacations and other absences.

Key responsibilities: Lab Technician
  • Prepare samples for testing and operate instruments used to perform the testing.
    • Perform qualitative and quantitative testing on finished products to ensure compliance with
    existing specifications, federal regulations, and fitness for release.
    • Post information in SAP, MDE, and Excel.
    • Ensure HACCP verifications have been completed prior to final product release.
    • Have a technical understanding of the operation of the laboratory equipment.
    • Perform maintenance and calibration of laboratory instruments in QA and process labs.
    • Prepare chemical and standard solutions.
    • Have the ability to troubleshoot and repair laboratory equipment.

  • Proven technical skills including experience with food manufacturing work.
  • Experience with analytical techniques (i.e., use of pipettes, volumetric flasks, balances, etc.).
  • Good troubleshooting skills.
  • A customer focus with understanding of customer needs.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize with attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and computer skills.
  • Must be a self-starter.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Some college or technical school education with at least one class of introductory chemistry is desirable. Some experience (either educational or work) functioning in a chemistry laboratory is preferred.


Rewards & benefits
Competitive salary / 401 K matching and non-contingent matching plans / Healthcare / Medical insurance

Career development

Our structure provides autonomy and accountability in your role. You have scope to develop a depth of expertise and the opportunity to follow career pathways outside the norm.

Working with us in Duluth

Duluth is a specialist acidulant plant and one of our smaller Primient sites with c.50 colleagues. The close-knit team always look out for each other, and put a strong focus on safety, excellence, and continuous improvement. The site has longstanding ties to the local community, which we continue to strengthen through programs such as STEM outreach in public schools.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

We are passionate believers in the power of difference. We strive to represent the communities in which we operate and to provide an inclusive, welcoming environment for all. We want Primient to be a place where every employee feels they belong and knows they are seen, heard, valued and safe to speak up. Our aspiration is to unlock the full potential in diverse perspectives, while offering everyone an equal chance to grow, thrive and progress.

Primient is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the strength of an inclusive workforce.

California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA")

The Company is committed to complying with the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA") and all data privacy and laws in the jurisdictions in which it recruits and hires employees. We collect the following categories of personal information for the purpose of hiring the best qualified applicants and to comply with applicable employment laws: Name and contact information; Job preference and work availability; Social Security Number and/or other identification information; Education and qualifications; Employment history and experience; Military service; Reference and background check information, including relevant criminal history and credit history; Social media information; Pre-employment test results; Post-offer medical examination information and results, including drug test results; Voluntary self-disclosure information regarding minority, veteran, and disability status; and Information provided by you during the hiring process.
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