NOW Foods QC Inspector I - 3rd Shift

Location: Plant (Bloomingdale, IL)
Department: Quality Control


Founded by Elwood Richard in 1968, NOW Foods has grown from a small, family operation to a highly-respected manufacturer of natural health products. Today, NOW Foods manufactures and distributes over 1,400 dietary supplements, natural foods, sports nutrition, and personal care products. NOW’s state of the art manufacturing facilities are GMP-certified, and our quality testing labs are among the best in the industry.  The company has over 1,500 employees and its products are sold in more than 60 countries. The company remains family-owned and committed to its original mission: to provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.

NOW offers a competitive compensation structure and a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental and vision plans from tier one companies, Paid Time Off, 401k match up to $6,500 per year, educational assistance and company-paid disability and life insurance.  NOW employees also enjoy a wide array of unique benefits such as company-paid profit sharing, quarterly bonuses, employee discount, wellness program, company-paid Teladoc and Rx’nGo, and much more!  Many of our benefits are 100% paid by NOW – this is why NOW Foods has been awarded as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for” in Chicago TWELVE years in a row, and on the National Level SIX years in a row!

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Working the 3rd Shift (10:45 PM-7:15 AM the following day), the Quality Control Inspector I samples and inspects in-process materials, finished products, incoming raw materials, etc. Inspector I may be assigned to work in any area in which he/she has been trained based on the needs of the department on a given day. Generally only works in one QC inspection area.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

If assigned to incoming inspection:

  • Performs raw material evaluation on all incoming shipments and obtains representative lot samples.
  • Completes necessary documentation and Oracle entries.

If assigned to processing or packaging inspection:

  • Reviews documentation for completeness and compliance with GMPs and SOPs.
  • Does random in-process testing to verify operator’s results.
  • Releases materials for use and reviews documentation for completeness.
  • Communicates problems/out-of-specification issues to supervisor/lead and operations personnel.
  • Assists supervisor/lead in conducting investigations.
  • Complies with safety and GMP requirements.



  • Supports a culture of safe production and operations; follows all safety rules and procedures.
  • Actively participates in the safety program by: engaging in training activities to learn what constitutes a safety hazard; reporting safety concerns to the supervisor, submitting safety suggestions, and correcting or reporting to the appropriate people when an employee sees a workplace health or safety hazard, until it is resolved.
  • Assists with communicating safety information to new employees.
  • Fulfills responsibilities as outlined in the company safety management plan.


QUALIFICATIONS  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



  • High school diploma or equivalent and zero to two years related inspection experience.
  • Familiarity with general inspection procedures and basic computer skills are required.
  • Experience in quality department preferred. 



  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as product specifications, departmental instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to write routine e-mails to communicate within QC and with operations personnel. 



Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, averages, ratios, proportions, and the metric system to practical situations.



  • Ability to compare results to specifications to determine if result meets requirements.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions.



  • Ability to work in quick-paced environment and change tasks frequently.
  • Ability to learn quickly, operate independently, and to assume responsibility for new tasks is necessary.
  • Basic computer skills are desired.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to handle testing equipment, raw materials and finished product, tools, or controls and communicate in person and on the telephone. The employee frequently is required to use his/her sense of taste or smell and to ascend and/or descend stairs. The employee is occasionally required to move from place to place within the facility, to reach, balance, or stoop. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and color vision. 

The employee must regularly lift, move (in some cases drag items), slide, raise and/or place:

  • 5 lbs. from ground level and place at 61 high inch level; return to original position.
  • Up to 30 lb. force for up to 25 feet and then pull to original position.
  • Up to 33 lbs. from 5 inches off ground and raise to 47 inches and then return 33 lbs. to original position.
  • Up to 50 lbs. for 3 feet at waist level; lift bag/box onto side and return to original position.
  • Pallets weighing up to 55 lbs. from floor onto one side, move it up to 10 ft. and return to original position.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The employee is frequently exposed to vapors and/or herbal aromas. The employee may be exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals and biological materials. Safety training and personal protective equipment are available and required. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 



It is the policy of NOW Foods to prohibit discrimination of any type, and to afford equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and prospective employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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