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Manufacturing Associate

Apeel Sciences

Apeel Sciences

Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, May 13, 2024

At Apeel, we look to nature to help the global food system extend quality, prevent waste, and ensure an abundant future for our planet.

We believe that our most essential ingredient in our recipe for success is our people. We strive to cultivate an environment where everyone is welcomed, and can bring their full, authentic selves into everything they do at Apeel. Humility, Ingenuity, Leadership, Teamwork and Grit are the values that define us and how we work with each other, customers, and communities across the globe.

About This Role:

The Manufacturing Associate on the Supply Chain Team reports to the Manufacturing Supervisor. The Manufacturing Associate is accountable for the hands-on execution of all activities in the manufacturing production area.

Manages day-to-day activities such as executing all processes in production while adhering to cGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Processes) and environmental health and safety guidelines. This will include handling of raw materials, operating wet lab chemical processes, and packaging the final product in a GMP environment. Work with cross-functional teams to run manufacturing operations and ensure product quality. The Manufacturing Associate is expected to fully participate in both departmental projects and any quality working teams that may be applicable. Will work under the general direction of the Manufacturing Supervisor.

Prioritizes tasks and ensures they are completed and work goals and objectives are met. Works directly with the supervisor and seeks general direction on tasks and regular feedback.

This role is located at the Headquarters Office in Goleta, California. This position will have up to a 10% travel requirement.

What You Do:

  • Perform manufacturing of Apeel’s commercial products in a clean room environment.
  • Must work in a controlled environment wearing special garments. Additionally, personal protective equipment must be worn due to safety requirements.
  • Conduct chemical analyses of raw materials, work-in-process, and end products.
  • May be required to manage hazardous wastes in compliance with company procedures and State/Federal/Local hazardous waste regulations. Duties may include: Identifying, handling, generating, accumulating, storing, labeling, and on-site transporting of hazardous wastes.
  • Responsible for room and equipment cleaning and sanitization, including small parts washing.
  • Responsible for mixing raw materials and operating packaging machine and solution mixing tanks
  • Stock department supplies; perform warehouse inventory control and weekly reconciliation.
  • Complete relevant paperwork following GDP (Current Good Documentation Practices) / cGMP guidelines (e.g., complete Manufacturing Batch Records).
  • Conduct documentation reviews.
  • Ensure compliance with SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) / cGMP and cGDP requirements.
  • Updates/revises SOPs.
  • Participate in Quality Working Teams and Continuous Improvement Teams.
  • May perform safety and cGMP inspections or observations.
  • Assist in training of new employees.
  • Other duties as directed by the Supervisor or Department that support the activities and objectives of the position.

What You Bring:

  • Initiative
  • Self-motivated to learn and improve
  • High Energy
  • Ability to multitask successfully
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Dependability

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) in English
  • Basic math skills
  • Basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel)
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to consistently follow standard operating procedures and safety protocols
  • Experience with working in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience operating powder conveyance equipment and manufacturing lines preferred (i.e., blending, VFFS machines, coders, printers, auger filling, screw feeders, etc.)
  • Hands-on experience with liquid blending operations (i.e., solution processing/makeup)
  • Previous work in FDA-regulated operations and cleanrooms
  • An understanding of regulatory agency requirements, including but not limited to FDA 21 CFR Part 117
  • Demonstrated track record in generating technical options to resolve problems, prioritizing options to test, selecting optimal solutions based on available data, and implementing decisions
  • Demonstrated self-directed work habits and time management skills
  • Have a passion to improve and achieve solutions
  • Ability to learn and is motivated to self-teach on knowledge or technical skills gaps
  • Easily adapts to change

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to walk and stand for extended periods (up to 8 hours a day), traverse uneven terrain, and move swiftly through warehouse and lab environments.
    • Be able to climb a step ladder
  • Capability to lift and carry moderate to heavy loads up to 50 lbs, such as equipment, boxes, and bags of fruit or product. Manipulate up to 100 pounds with assistance.
  • Proficiency in and dexterity in handling small tools and delicate equipment for tasks
  • Stamina to perform physically demanding tasks for prolonged periods.
  • Capacity to bend, stoop, squat, and kneel repeatedly (up to 8 hours a day)
  • Ability to coordinate hand-eye movements and manipulate objects accurately, essential for tasks such as laboratory work and equipment operation.
  • Knowledge of proper lifting techniques, use of protective equipment, and adherence to safety protocols to prevent accidents and injuries. Must be able to perceive and respond to dangerous situations.
Our total rewards packages may include comprehensive health plans, 401k matching, equity, flexible PTO, sick leave, paid parental leave, and more! Compensation for this role is expected to be between $25.00 and $26.00. Actual base pay may be higher or lower depending on geographic locations, skills, experience, and other factors permitted by law.
At Apeel, we value potential and recognize that great candidates come from diverse backgrounds. We seek to build a diverse and inclusive workforce where everyone can thrive. If you are enthusiastic about this role and believe your unique perspective would be an asset to our team, but don't meet every qualification, please don't hesitate to apply!

Apeel believes that the scale of our impact is determined by the teams that work with us. As such, we seek to build high-performing teams of people from various experiences and backgrounds who can collectively push our company into new realms. We seek a diverse pool of applicants and consider all qualified candidates regardless of race, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, Veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status. If you have any need for accommodations, you can let us know if you choose and know that we will do our best to assist you.