at Pernod Ricard USA in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

Company Name: Pernod Ricard

Location: Fort Smith, AR


Working for Pernod Ricard USA means creating great company every day. It means working for the co-leader in the global wines and spirits industry - and collaborating with passionate people on successful premium brands in an entrepreneurial way.


Our people are at the core of our success. Everyone adds a vital ingredient to our mix, bringing a personal touch and individual qualities that make Pernod Ricard even better. We work together with a shared commitment to our values:

Entrepreneurial Spirit;

Mutual trust;

A strong sense of ethics; and

A relentless commitment to growth


Pernod Ricard USA rewards both individual initiative and a spirit of collaboration and encourages ongoing professional development and growth. We believe in championing an inclusive culture that embraces differences and encourages employees to challenge themselves and their colleagues. We never settle for "good enough" but stretch ourselves and our teams towards improvement and progress in all we do.


Learn more about our history, values, strategies and organization by visiting us at


Position Summary


The principal functions of this position are to provide analytical, technical and operational information to the processing and bottling operations.The Chemist/Quality Assurance Lab Technician (internal title) is in place to perform standard quality analysis, maintain accurate records and to report nonconformance.The Lab Technician will perform duties and tasks to ensure that the quality of the product is maintained and meets established standards. The technician is tasked with performing quality testing and monitoring procedures, relating to product, finished goods as well as bulk/ingredient supplies.Teamwork skills are necessary to support, improve and drive the Quality department of Hiram Walker to the next level.




Conformance to Product Specifications

Analysis of product including proof, weight per gallon, color, brix, pH, methanol, turbidity, obscurations, total soilds, methanol, analytes, and organoleptic evaluation.

Record and maintain accurate records of test results.

Maintain production samples and reference composite samples.


Conformance of Bulk Ingredients

Analysis on preshipments, received flavors, bulk ingredients and finished blends.

Verify incoming bulk meets current specification by performing color, brix, pH, Benedict's, and organoleptic evaluation.

Record and maintain accurate results.

Maintain bulk and flavor reference samples.

Report nonconformance to appropriate personnel.


Analysis of Water

Perform prescribed analysis, such as pH, turbidity, organoleptic, chlorine, and conductivity.

Record and maintain accurate records.

Report any nonconformance to the engineering department.


Quality Management Systems

Updating and documenting new procedures and instruction in regard to laboratory testing and equipment calibration.

Responsible for ensuring that Process Quality Assurance is maintaining ISO 9002, 14001, OHSAS 18801, GMP and HACCP records. Utilize CAM as needed to input WO's in order to drive repairs aimed towards improving performance.

Support the Pernod Ricard Safety Culture initiative and report any safety risk or concerns to department management.

Must follow written PPE requirements and abide by all safety guidelines outlined in procedures and work instructions.

Employees are required to report all accidents, incidents, and near-misses immediately. These would include all non-disabling and disabling injuries and occupational illnesses, fatalities, fires, and explosions, property damage, chemical spills, and any incident having the potential for property damage or personal injury.

Achieve the corporate objective on lost time accident.


Special Projects

Experiments targeting Quality Assurance.

System improvements.


Continuous Improvements

Participate in Continuous improvement teams when needed.

Continuous improvement to lab procedures.

Continuously look for areas to improve (non-value-added tasks).


Microbiological Analysis

Conduct Microbiological Analysis as required on Finished Product, ingredients and water.

Maintain records associated with micro testing.

Release Finished products in E1 based on test results.



Analyze wastewater samples accordingly.

Maintain records associated with testing.



Set-up and take down daily panels.

Maintain sensory records.



Education: Bachelor's degree(4 year) or equivalent

Experience/Background: Prior lab work

Technical Functional Skills: The law, the physical sciences (biology, chemistry, etc.) or applied mathematics


Pernod Ricard USA offers competitive compensation, performance bonuses and domestic & international career development... For full info follow application link.


Pernod Ricard USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities

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Job Posting: 3102819

Posted On: Oct 23, 2021

Updated On: Nov 14, 2021