Quality Assurance Technician - Distributed Goods in Vancouver, WA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 2/9/2021

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Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

The Warehouse Quality Technician - Distributed Goods will assure all aspects of product quality are met, including, but not limited to product testing, assembly  measurements, documentation and finished product condition.  Drive to continue to improve the quality of our products for an excellent customer/consumer experience. Conceive, plan, and conduct research in problem areas or areas of opportunity for the business. Work with quality to help with OSD metrics, vendor relations, and warehouse requirements. 

Hours for the Warehouse Quality Tech will be Monday-Friday from 8a - 4:30p. Some overtime may be required.

In this role you will: 

  • Comprehend and execute all Hawthorne Gardening Quality Standard Processes and Procedures (Including SMG Corporate Policies as applicable)

  • Responsible for meeting quality standards for materials and products and executing appropriate actions associated with these standards.

  • Responsible for executing all required testing and assuring compliance to specifications for all job functions 

  • Ability to interpret and respond to in-house testing with analytical equipment. Use the results of the testing to elevate to appropriate parties based on those outcomes.

  • Responsible for the Associate Quality Training Program within the facility. 

  • Audit procedures and specifications of production line checks (MIPs) to assure compliance.

  • Develop with the support of the Quality Manager, Standard Operating Procedures associated with Quality requirements for the HGC assembly/manufacturing processes.

  • Maintain required record keeping/retention of quality documentation within the facility.

  • Responsible for monitoring all incoming raw materials to assure each meets quality standards. 

  • Assure full compliance of all Hawthorne (SMG) and Regulatory/Compliance agencies requirements that pertain to quality.

  • Responsible to lead Plant Quality Discussions and communicate any conditions and concerns with Plant Leadership Team.

  • Perform data entry into SAP QM and data analysis of quality data in a timely manner.

  • Supervise and coordinate plant special projects and testing as directed by Quality Manager.

The perfect person will have:

  • Associate's degree or equivalent work experience in a scientific or quality position. 

  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel. 

  • Strong communication and technical writing skills with experience writing SOPs, Work Instructions, technical reports. 

  • Experience leading, managing and training others is strongly desired; the ability to manage multiple projects and multi-task is a must.

  • Ability to follow safe practices and procedures, ability to read English and follow written and verbal instructions, able to work in a dusty environment, hot/cold/ rainy weather, lift 50 pounds, and be able to climb ladders and work on their feet for the entire day.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

  • Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

  • Onsite wellness center which includes: 24,000 sq. ft. fitness center, Walgreens pharmacy and Doctor’s office. Or Fitness Club Reimbursement ($350) if remote.

  • Nutrition reimbursement program (up to $200 per associate and per spouse).

  • First day of hire, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and GroPride Network, Scotts Young Professionals.

  • 13 SMG paid holiday days and generous vacation policy.

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts.  During this year’s flu season and the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring our US associates to get a flu vaccine. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.