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Quality Assurance Technician, AM, Dairy – Lakeland

Location: Lakeland, FL
Job ID: 29578BR
Department: Lakeland Dairy
Working Hours: 10:00am - 6:30pm; Varying days
Pay Frequency: Weekly
Date Posted: Jul 09, 2024

$41 - 56k
Full Time - Regular


  • Performing microbiological tests
  • Testing fat composition
  • Performing raw, intermediate and finished milk and product analysis
  • Performing environment tests
  • Flavoring product
  • Inspecting Plant and upholding Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s)
  • Providing accurate and timely information to department managers
  • Keeping records and documentation of test results
  • Creating and communicating laboratory reports for regulatory agencies and Publix associates
  • Assisting teams in applying information for process improvement and resolution of quality issues in the facility
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Must have a two year degree in Dairy Science, Microbiology OR other related curriculum OR two years laboratory experience or equivalent experience
  • Must obtain lab certification by state and/or FDA
  • Must be able to taste and evaluate all products
  • Must have analytical and problem solving skills
  • Must demonstrate safe working habits
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds frequently
  • Must be able to learn and perform all positions
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have good human relations skills (the ability to work well with others and be a team player)
  • Must be able to work any shift, nights, weekends, holidays, and extended hours
  • Must have excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Must be willing to assist other team members in other areas
  • Must be able to perform steady and productive work for an extended period of time
  • Must be able to work efficiently with little or no supervision
  • Must be able to follow detailed written and verbal instructions
  • Must possess basic math skills
  • Must be able to communicate effectively
  • Must show enthusiasm, initiative, and pride in work and
  • Must show a commitment to Publix and our mission.


  • Employee stock ownership plan that contributes Publix stock to associates each year at no cost
  • An opportunity to purchase additional shares of our privately-held stock
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Group health, dental and vision plans
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Short- and long-term disability insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free hot lunches (buffet-style) at facilities with a cafeteria
  • Visit our website to see all of our benefits: Benefits – Jobs (

Year End Bonus

To reward associates for their contributions to the company for the calendar year, Publix provides a Holiday Bonus in November. In the first year of continuous employment the bonus is equal to 15 hours of pay, and in the second year of continuous employment the bonus is equal to one week’s pay if associate remains employed through issue date of the bonus check. In subsequent years, the bonus is equal to two weeks’ pay.

Additional Information

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Please do not use your Publix email address when applying. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive a confirmation email.

Please note that Publix will not sponsor any hire for this position for a visa or permanent residence.

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