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Vital Proteins Quality Control Tech Lead, 1st Shift in Franklin Park, Illinois

Vital Proteins is an emerging, dynamic brand consisting of a team of passionate individuals who believe whole food-based nutrition is essential for overall health, fitness, and wellbeing. Our team is comprised of intelligent and innovative individuals who have grit, passion, and perseverance to achieve goals, who work collaboratively and with speed to ensure creativity, success, and global growth. Vital Proteins seeks to develop and support the right people, with the right chemistry, who continually ask questions, and in turn will develop and tactically execute good ideas. We are looking for individuals that can perform at a high level and execute quickly and efficiently. Building a great company is our goal and finding high quality individuals is of utmost importance to us.

The QC Technician Lead?s primary responsibility is to assist is the execution of quality processes and procedures in support of Vital Proteins Quality Control program. This role will carry out the company vision and mission as an integral part of the Vital Proteins? team. Reporting to the Quality Assurance Supervisor, the QC Technician Lead will operate out of the Vital Proteins production facility in Franklin Park.


  • Provide guidance and direction to quality control technicians in production.

  • Lead team with exemplary safety and GMP behaviors.

  • Coach QC technicians in GMP, GDP and safety procedures and processes in adherence to FDA 21 CFR 111, NSF and SQF requirements.

  • Perform quality checks during production and assist with batch production records.

  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment.

  • Report any process errors, product failures, or deviations to supervisors and record in RedZone.

  • Create, review, and approve controlled documents, including but not limited to batch production records, lab test records and SOPs.

  • Reviewing, evaluating, releasing, and holding both raw and finished materials per reported testing results.

  • Enter results and or product information into database or ERP system (NetSuite, SAP).

  • Act as the primary back-up to the Quality Assurance Supervisor.

  • Be an expert in the products manufactured as well as their respective allergens and be able provide direction on swabbing and cleaning procedures.

  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment.

  • Report any process errors, product failures, or deviations to supervisors and record in RedZone.

  • Serves as a supporting member of the factory Internal Audit Team.

  • Ensures compliance with all regulatory and Vital Proteins guidelines pertaining to safety, health, and environmental.

  • Be part of the culture change towards behavioral safety improvement.

  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Absence: In the absence of this person, the responsibilities of this position are delegated to the Quality Assurance Supervisor.


  • BS degree in Chemistry, Food Science, Food Safety, Engineering, or related technical field preferred.

  • If no degree, completed college coursework of at least 2 years in related field required.

  • High level of attention to detail.

  • 2+ years of manufacturing and/or quality control experience preferred. Food, pharma or dietary supplement industry experience preferred.

  • Good mathematical and statistical skills required.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Must be able to read, write and understand English.

  • Must be able to handle multiple assignments.

  • Proven capabilities to influence and delegate.

  • Must be precise, accurate, and well organized.

  • Strong attention to detail.

  • Must be able to perform in a demanding, fast-paced environment.

  • Proficiency with computer systems, personal computers, and spreadsheet software (i.e.,Microsoft Office). Proficiency in SAP/GLOBE systems is preferred.

  • Excellent teamwork skills.

  • Can lift 25-50 lbs. on occasion.

  • Able to work flexible hours.

    At Vital Proteins, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military or veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a company, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.