Safety/Quality Assurance Specialist –
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Food Safety/Quality Assurance Specialist
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responsible for ensuring the overall quality in their assigned areas through
the management of regulatory, company, and customer policies, programs and
work instructions. Ensures all products meet company specifications and are
produced in a wholesome manner that meets Company requirements. This requires
working closely with other departments on production issues/situations,
product dispositions and investigations into root causes for deficiencies.
Must assist in managing quality programs and exercising technical expertise,
including training, assessing performance and making improvements.
Smithfield, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action (EEO/AA) Employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran,
status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status
or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.
and tasks are written as follows:
Verification & Regulatory Compliance
Conduct all quality inspections in the area of assigned responsibility and
manage quality programs.
- Maintain quality objectives,
prevent complaints/claims and keep quality to specifications through
accurate inspections, non-compliance procedures, appropriate reporting,
corrective actions and accuracy of paperwork along with sample
submissions. Routine verifications and inspections include process,
metal detector, cooking, and chilling type checks.
- Responsible for catching
product that is out of specification by stopping the production process
or removing product for rework as required. Works with other departments
to implement procedure changes, based on predetermined specifications,
involving raw materials/finished goods to remedy the cause of any
non-compliance as quickly as possible.
- Ability to interpret
customer/sales specifications and apply subjective quality decisions to
product (i.e.: product appearance, color, texture, etc.).
& Food Safety Support
- Employee is required to conduct
operational and pre-operational sanitation inspections including micro
sampling to verify the effectiveness of sanitation activities. The
duties include regular completion of Quality and Food Safety, CQP/CCP,
and sanitation paperwork which should ultimately result in no food safety
- GMP and Sanitation audits are
conducted as directed with documented corrective actions and follow-up
- The employee is required to
take action in response to poor observations by identifying/correcting deficiencies
for negative micro or shelf life data in their area of responsibility
with an eye toward improvement.
- Utilize technical expertise to
prevent process or product failures. Continuous improvement of product
quality through attention to process is expected.
- Activities will include QA
program management, training line and other QA employees in quality
functions, daily product shows, assessing specs and updating Operations,
monitoring giveaway and yields for opportunities
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 to perform the essential functions.
- Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) or
Associates Degree in Food Science or related field from a regionally
accredited college or university.
- 2+ years of experience
preferred; or High School (GED) with 4+ years of related experience will
also be considered.
- Ability to create, revise and
interpret technical documents such as quality specifications, safety
rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
- Knowledge and understanding of
quality assurance principles, food science and meat processing,
Statistical Process Control (SPC), and statistics.
- A high level of technical
expertise, ownership and practical knowledge of all QA/regulatory
- Ability to write routine
reports and correspondence.
- Ability to interpret a variety
of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
- Ability to work on the
internet, Spreadsheet, Presentation and Word Processing software.
- Comprehensive experience and
understanding of USDA Rules and Regulations.
- Ability to uphold regulatory,
company, and customer standards.
- Ability to respond to common
inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members
of the business community. Strong oral and written language skills.
- Strong decision making and
problem solving skills.
- Strong conflict resolution
reports but in the absence of a QA Manger or Supervisor may take
responsibility as required in the delegation of duties.
demands described here are representative of those an employee should possess
to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential functions.
- Occasionally lift and/or move
up to 50 pounds
- Specific vision includes close
vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
- Frequently required to stand;
walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms;
stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
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.
- Must be able to perform studies
on the production floor, work in temperatures ranging from -10 to 90
degrees F and in constant noise, exposure to fumes, dust, mechanical,
electrical and safety hazards.
- Must be able to work in cramped
spaces and in poor lighting and ventilation.