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Quality Assurance Specialist/Sanitarian – Southport, NC 28461


Archer Daniels Midland Company

Quality Assurance Specialist/Sanitarian – Southport, NC

This is an exempt level position.

Position Summary:

  • Manages the daily activities of the Food Safety Management System and sanitation programs for the Southport facility
  • Coordinates and verifies the activities conducted in the facility are following/supporting the initiatives of the Food Safety Management Systems and sanitation programs

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the implementation and maintenance of the plant Food Safety, Quality Management and PolicyTech Systems (FSMS,QMS & PT)
  • Serve as an active member of the Food Safety Team up to and including PCQI and Team leader where appropriate, and implements recommendations of the (HACCP) Team
  • Assist each plant department with leadership and training with a goal to continuously improve the quality and safety of all products the facility manufactures
  • Conduct plant quality and food safety audits (includes GMP audits, internal audits, glass/brittle plastics/ceramics audits)
  • Participate in customer and third party audits including GFSI and Regulatory visits
  • Assists QA Manager with Kosher/Halal audits
  • Provide instruction to plant employees concerning food safety and quality assurance
  • Take an active role in plant efforts to improve operations through process thinking
  • Support food safety prerequisite (PRP’s) and Operational Prerequisite (oPRP’s) including a guiding role with plant pest control and housekeeping
  • Releases final products and investigates OOS results
  • Develops and maintains plant sanitation, hygiene and cGMP systems in compliance with plant and corporate quality policies
  • Coordinates pest control, MSS, traceability, water quality and environmental monitoring programs
  • Able to work closely with Federal and State agencies, certification bodies, vendors and corporate contacts

Job Requirements:

  • Solid understanding of systems and processes to assure quality and safety of products and services
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership abilities.
  • Accomplish results by working effectively with others
  • Strong computer skills. 5+ years work in plant manufacturing setting (preferably in food industry) with major involvement with a QMS system
  • BS degree in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Food Science, Engineering or related field preferred
  • Willing and able to spend time in plant (i.e. walk long distances, stand, climb stairs and ladders and move through close spaces) to understand and audit the process
  • Capable of working in extreme temperatures

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of applicable pre-employment drug screen, medical questionnaire and a background check.

About ADM:

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at


ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.

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