What does a Quality Technologist at Griffith Foods do exactly?

Name: Jennifer Gooch

Title: Quality Technologist

Company: Griffith Foods

Years worked in current role: 6

Years of experience in food industry: 6

 In 300 characters or less describe your job:

I test finished goods (batters/seasoning/breading) to ensure they have the right appearance/taste/texture/chemical properties. I also help maintain our food safety program (inspect equipment & facility, train staff, investigate non-conformances) & quality program (develop specs, internal auditing)

What are the top 3 characteristics you need to be good at your job:

  1. Good communication
  2. Organization/attention to detail
  3. Curiosity/willingness to learn

Why did you decide to pursue a career in food?

I did my co-op term here and ended up loving the people, fast pace, opportunities for learning and growth, as well as the fact that it’s a very active, hands-on job.

What would be your best 3 advice tips for new grads starting out in their career:

  1. Be open to criticism and regularly ask for feedback on how you can do better
  2. Show that you are interested in learning, ask questions and take notes!
  3. Look for a workplace you feel comfortable in, consider things like how active a job is, how much responsibility you want to take on, whether you thrive with a lot of supervision or a more independent environment.

Tell us why your Food Job Rocks?

My food job rocks because I’m on a great team that works hard, has fun, and is focused on continuous improvement.

Favourite quote?

“Food is medicine”

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