Quality Control Technician

Quality Control Technician

Field of Work:  Quality Management

Tangent, OR, US

Legal Entity:  KWS Seeds, LLC (0058)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote:  Onsite
Job ID:  14275

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our quality team in Tangent, OR. The focus of the Quality Control Technician position is the daily activity of sampling and testing of sugar beet seeds at each phase of the production process with the goals of maintaining product quality.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Conduct tests to include but not be limited to germinations, purities, TKWs, sizing, x-ray, moisture testing, genetic testing, plantabilities, stress testing, sample preparation, sample retention and seed quality standards
  • Accurately create, update and follow Quality Control (“QC”) standard operating procedures (“SOPs”)
  • Maintain all lab testing equipment
  • Data entry using multiple input tools
  • Train new/temporary employees on all SOPs
  • Develop, support, and maintain respectful working relationships with all departments
  • Work rotating shifts as needed
  • Wear required Personal Productive Equipment as needed
  • Work rotating shifts as needed
  • Pull/Store samples and mix soil as needed (using a forklift)
  • Ensure Company handbook, Rules, Guidelines and Procedures, and safety policies are followed 
  • Occasionally travel and/or drive and/or operate a forklift on behalf of the business
  • Meet attendance requirements
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Basic computer skills
  • Attention to detail and aptitude for multi-tasking
  • Ability to use forceps with keen eye for detail
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Flexibility to work rotating shifts as needed
  • Ability to become forklift certified
  • Strong communication, organization, and team leadership skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Proficient in MS based applications
  • Knowledge of seed testing procedures
  • Strong basic math skills
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing data


What we offer:

  • Competitive salary (salary $22 - 25/hr depending on qualifications)
  • Health, dental, vision benefits
  • Pension plan and 401(k) with employer match
  • Flexible paid-time-off (PTO)
  • Professional training and development opportunities
  • An international and diverse team

Interested? Please apply online by submitting your cover letter and resume.


Working environment:
Must wear required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as needed. Work in high and precarious places and able to cover multiple areas including staircases safely and quickly. Able to work in varied environmental conditions (loud, hot, cold, dusty, damp, etc.). Flexibility to work rotating shifts as needed (including weekend, night shift, and holidays). Ability to work individually and within a team setting.


Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms, and bend/twist. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and move objects up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


This employer participates in E-Verify and after acceptance of a job offer, will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.


About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.8 billion in the fiscal year 2022/2023. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests, and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €300 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: www.kws.com/career. Follow us on LinkedIn® at https://linkedin.com/company/kwsgroup/.

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