Lab Technician, Overnight, Fresh Kitchen – Lakeland

Publix Super Markets


We are seeking a Lab Technician at our Fresh Kitchen manufacturing plant. Our Fresh Kitchen employs more than 450 associates who assemble a variety of sandwiches, subkits, platters and meals according to Publix’s demanding quality standards. These foods are designed to save time for customers!

Responsibilities Include

Performing quality control inspection tasks to include verification of all ingredient and product information
Performing operational and pre-operational inspections
Ensuring that each product is manufactured according to FDA regulations including, but not limited to traceability records, temperature monitoring and HACCP records
Following all safety requirements
Verifying accuracy of thermometers and product temperatures
Collecting, processing, packaging, maintaining, and retaining samples for testing
Providing help to all associates in the Quality Control department and other departments throughout the plant
Tasting and evaluating all product samples received
Being cross-trained in Quality Control responsibilities
Being familiar with all plant functions
Performing responsibilities accurately from start to finish with completed documentation
Recording and processing samples received
Processing and recording customer complaints
Compliance auditing
Auditing and updating the plant reference book
Conducting data entry and
Ensuring that all products are manufactured under correct procedures from receiving of the raw materials to shipping of the finished product.

Required Qualifications

Must be at least 18 years old
Must be able to work with regulatory inspectors and other compliance officials
Must be able to work under pressure, be dependable and possess good follow-up skills
Must demonstrate excellent work habits in line with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
Must demonstrate safe working habits
Must be able to lift in excess of 25 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
A commitment to Publix and our mission.

Preferred Qualifications

Working knowledge of Word, Outlook, Access and Excel
Two year degree in science or related field
Retail baking experience and
Lab experience.


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

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