19 days ago


Vancouver, WA


Here at Scotts Miracle-Gro there is no such thing as a typical day.  Our culture is constantly energized by new and exciting growth opportunities and at a rapid pace.  Every Associate plays an important role in providing innovative solutions for today’s gardeners and growers and contributing new ideas to improve operations. In our company you need grit, it is what we were founded on over 150 years ago and is what keeps us growing. Regardless of your level in the organization there is a platform for your voice to be heard and the ability to influence change. Family, community and hard working values are weaved into all that we do. Come grow with us, where we develop and nurture the next generation of leaders. ​

The Lighting Quality Assurance Technician - Manufacturing is responsible for all aspects of manufacturing quality at Hawthorne Gardening Company. The Quality Assurance Technician will assure adherence to quality standards for the manufacture and assembly of Hawthorne products, including but not limited to incoming quality inspection, in-process quality control, outgoing quality control, product testing, quality documentation and training. They  will work closely with the Quality Manager to maintain existing quality systems, implement new quality systems, and facilitate the introduction of new products onto the manufacturing line. The individual will work closely with the manufacturing team to assure adherence to manufacturing inspection protocols (MIPs), react to manufacturing quality issues and drive resolution through structured problem-solving methods. 

Hours will be Monday-Thursday from 9a-7:30p. Hours may flex to include some Fridays and possibly change to 6:30a - 5:00p, depending on business needs.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assure adherence to all Quality, Regulatory, and Compliance requirements for Hawthorne manufactured components and finished goods.

  • Work closely with the Operations Team to address quality issues and drive resolution using structured problem-solving methodologies to identify root-cause and reduce manufacturing defects .

  • Manage all site quality and compliance issues including quality holds for non-conforming product, sample inspection of suspect lots, segregation of bad product, management of non-conforming materials, and rework of finished goods.

  • Perform incoming quality control of components to ensure conformance to quality standards. 

  • Perform in-house testing using analytical equipment and interpret the results to drive quality-based decisions.  

  • Lead site Quality discussions with the Operations Team to communicate quality concerns, issues and upcoming changes.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

The perfect person will have:

  • Associate#39;s degree or equivalent work experience in a scientific or quality position. 

  • Strong attention to detail with excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills.

  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Google Docs, Google Sheets. Experience with statistical software programs (MiniTab, JMP, Statistica) is a big plus but not required. 

  • 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.

Not interested in this role? Stay up to date on future opportunities by joining our ScottsMiracle-Gro and Hawthorne Gardening talent networks.

Scotts 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 Scotts Miracle-Gro 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 Scotts Miracle-Gro company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

About the Company

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NASDAQ: SMG) is the leading manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products in North America. Our products are marketed under some of the most recognized brand names in the industry.

Through our subsidiary Hawthorne Gardening, we are a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of nutrients, growing media, advanced indoor garden, lighting and ventilation systems and accessories for hydroponic gardening.

Our brands are trusted to meet unique consumer needs – whether it's products in natural and organic or solutions for indoor and urban gardening. We are constantly listening to our consumers so we can develop the products they need.

We were recently ranked as a Columbus 2020 Top Places to Work.

Company Size

5,000 to 9,999 employees



Employee Benefits

Employee Referral Program, Free Food and Coffee, Gym Memberships, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Maternity/Paternity Paid Leave, Medical, Dental and Vision, Merchandise Discounts, Military Leave, On Site Cafeteria, Paid Holidays, Paid sick days, Parking , Performance bonus, Professional Development, Stock Options, Tuition Reimbursement, Vacation/paid time off, Work From Home, 401K, Employee Events