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Food Technologist - Fort Smith, AR 72904

OK Foods





Over the past 80 years, OK Foods has evolved from a producer of livestock and poultry feed to one of the world’s largest fully-integrated chicken producers, but our company’s core values of taking care of our people and producing only the highest quality products have remained constant. In November 2011, OK Foods was acquired by Industrias Bachoco out of Celaya, Mexico. Today, we employ more than 3,000 workers domestically in the U.S. dedicated to producing consistently high quality products our customers have come to expect from OK Foods.

OK Foods, Inc. is looking for Regulatory Food Technologist for our Fort Smith, AR operations.


Summary: The Regulatory and Customer Compliance Technician will work with the Research and Development Team to effectively and accurately coordinate, prepare, and review all aspects of product labeling, product nutritional analysis, internal specification development and maintenance, product master development and maintenance and any related customer compliance requirements such as customer databases, forms, reports, etc. and any other duties or special projects as assigned.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Drafting, implementing, and maintaining product specifications utilizing the OK Foods Specification System.
  • Labeling functions including USDA label submissions, regulatory rulings and Child Nutrition labels.
  • Nutritional functions including maintaining nutritional database
  • Creation and maintenance of all external customer specification databases (iCiX, Retail Link, ASPECT, 1SYNC…)
  • Monitoring USDA information systems for changes that would affect day to day operations within the Regulatory Department.
  • Handling pressure and coordinating multiple projects.



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 may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree (B.S.) from four-year college or university in a related field; and/or 1+ years related experience and/or training in the food industry in the areas of handling sensitive data and USDA labeling requirements are required or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.


Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Computer Skills

Requires intermediate computer skills including utilizing spreadsheet or word processing software packages; developing templates for use by other employees; Word, Excel, web-based and knowledge of OK Main Menu systems preferred but not required.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Employee may be required to travel short distances occasionally. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to qualify for the company driver program.


Other Skills and Abilities

Employee must be available for office hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some after-hours work and light traveling may also be required for this position.


Physical Demands

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 stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment

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.


Work will be performed in an office, test kitchen, and/or production plant. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, and moving mechanical parts and extreme cold. The noise level in the work environment is low to moderate. Note: Necessary safety equipment will be furnished as needed.


An Equal Opportunity Employer to include women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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