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17 Mar 2023

Laboratory Technician at AB InBev

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Job Description

Dreaming big is in our DNA. Brewing the world’s most loved beers and creating meaningful experiences is what inspires us. We are owners, empowered to lead real change, deliver on tough challenges, and take accountability for the results. We are looking for talent that shares these values, that is ambitious, bold & resilient. We want talent that is looking for fast career growth, cross-functional experiences, global exposure and robust training & development.

The key purpose of this role is to provide laboratory support to the value chain by performing checks and analysis on VOP’s raw materials to enable production to produce beer that conforms to AB InBev quality standards.

Key outputs and responsibilities:

Responsible for meeting Quality KPIs
Prevent quality non compliances
Promote quality awareness
Contribute to quality performance at the site
Promotion of a quality culture
Maintain housekeeping and 5S standards

Maintain Equipment and Workplace

Maintain and calibrate equipment
Maintain a safe and healthy environment

Analyze Samples

Prepare samples
Conduct analyses

Compliance to VPO Quality Pillar and other applicable VPO requirements

Execute VPO activities in accordance with the VPO work practices
Execution of activities to ensure compliance to food safety and quality management systems

Process Control

Sampling is carried out as per procedure
Samples are identified, verified and handled to retain integrity as per manual
Samples are prepared and dispatched, if necessary, as per procedure
Relevant apparatus, equipment and reagents are prepared as per procedure
Analysis is performed using fundamental laboratory techniques and practices
Accurate results generated at specified times
Results are recorded and reported as per Quality standard
Non conformance identified and escalated as per procedure
Out of control procedure adhered to
VPO compliance

Lab Equipment

Equipment is maintained and calibrated according to procedure
Equipment and verification calibration frequencies are adhered to
Calibration records available and update

Safety and healthy work environment

Adherence to PPE policy
Unsafe conditions and work practices are identified and actioned
Chemicals and reagents are handled as per manualized procedure
Hazardous substances are stored, handled and disposed of as per procedures
Adherence to documented lab safety rules, guides and practices
Incidents are reported and actioned as per procedure
House keeping schedules are adhered to

Specialist Analysis

Carry out specialized and highly specialized quality analyses where required
Record the results of analyses conducted on appropriate information systems and communicate results accordingly
Conduct analysis of results to identify problems and improvement opportunities timeously
Assist the plant in the execution of quality analysis, where required
Conduct calibration of specialist equipment for which the labs are responsible

Quality Auditing

Conduct required and requested quality audits, completing the appropriate documentation and communicating the results
Review quality analysis procedures of production teams, identifying problems or training needs and communicating these to the team leader
Conduct regular audits of calibration procedures of production teams and communicating results
Conduct audits of analytic procedures to ensure compliance with Zone/Global guidelines, and identifying corrective actions required
Where required, initiate corrective actions coming out of the quality audits in areas that impact the laboratory

Problem Solving

Support the production teams in problem solving, providing specialist assistance and techniques
Assist with coaching/mentoring of production teams on problem solving and correct use of problem solving techniques as required


Support the training of the production teams
Assist with coaching/mentoring of production teams on quality analyses and correct use of analytical techniques

Continuous Improvement

Carry out specialized analyses in support of the evaluation of continuous improvement opportunities
Determine additional analytical work required evaluating continuous improvement opportunities
Take part in regional and divisional process optimization initiatives as required

Key attributes and competencies:

Proven leadership ability
Ability to utilize computer programmes
Analytical ability
Communication skills and interpersonal skills
Problem solving skills
Precision and accuracy, attention to detail

Work in teams

Communicate effectively in the work place
Contribute to self and team development



Minimum Diploma in Laboratory Technician, Food Science or Process and Chemical Engineering or equivalent

Additional information:

Band: X-A
AB InBev is an equal opportunity employer and all appointments will be made in-line with AB InBev employment equity plan and talent requirements. We are a company that promotes gender equality. Internal applicants require Line manager approval. Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

The advert has minimum requirements listed. Management reserves the right to use additional/relevant information as criteria for short-listing. Interested candidates who meet the above specifications may apply no later than 20 March 2023.

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Closing Date : 20th March, 2023.

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