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Food Safety Tech A – Dumas, AR

Overall Focus: To ensure that the Ainsworth facilities meet all Safe Quality Food Standards. Provide assistance to the Corporate Sanitarian in the management and implementation of the Meadville facility master cleaning schedule.


• Work with Corporate Sanitarian to implement the master cleaning schedule on a daily basis
o Assign daily tasks
o Lay out tools/equipment for the crews
• Apply pesticides as required by label
• Assume daily management responsibilities of Food Safety crew
• Perform all sanitation for the assigned area including facilities and equipment following the Standard Operation Procedures and job instructions.
o Inspect assigned areas on a daily basis
o Work with Production, Maintenance and Warehouse supervisors to address problems in assigned areas as well as entire facility
o Perform deep cleaning of all equipment
o Ensure that work is completed according to schedule
• Perform weekly inspection of facility and ingredients for insect and rodent activity.
• Access needed supplies and track what is used according to established methods
• Manages contractors to complete food safety projects and building repairs
• Be proactive in detecting and correcting food safety/maintenance problems including writing maintenance reports as needed.
• Maintain constant communication with Corporate Sanitarian and other Food Safety members
• Know the whereabouts of tools at all time
o Follow all lock out/tag out procedures by contacting maintenance leads or Shift Supervisors for lockout support
• Ensures that the Ainsworth Food Safety program is adhered to
o Ensures that all SOP’s are being followed
o Informs Corporate Sanitarian of any food safety problems
o Serves as the designee for the Corporate Sanitarian in dealing with reported food safety issues or maintenance of the SQF system.
o Reports critical food safety issues immediately to A-Leads
o Alerts Corporate Sanitarian for need to update or modify SOP’s based on needed changes to the processes
• Adhere to all Standard Operating Procedures and job instructions
o Take corrective actions when measures are out of specification
o Take and document required process, quality measures
o Meet or exceed established targets
• Adhere to all Food Safety procedures
o Follow all GMP’s
o Keep process areas clean and neat
o Reports all infestation and rodent problems to the Corporate Sanitarian
o Ensure all buildings meet Food Safety requirements
o Adheres to sanitation and chemical usage procedures
o Manages contractors to complete all tasks following all safety procedures
• Actively participate as a member of the Ainsworth Safety Program
o Follow all safety procedures
o Report all unsafe actions and conditions
• Live by Ainsworth Values
o Assume responsibility for self improvement
o Participate in the improvement/problem solving process
o Show up to work on time
o Dress appropriately
o Maintain good personal hygiene
o Take breaks of appropriate length and frequency

(Knowledge and skills necessary to meet organizational objectives)

Education/Training: High School Diploma or GED

Certifications/Licenses: Must have valid driver’s license; Department of Agriculture Core –oo and Category 11

(Abilities required of all positions)

• Insightfulness
o Ability to identify key issues and relationships based on information being communicated by a variety of resources
o Making decisions based on logical assumptions combined with factual information while keeping the organizational values and goals in mind
• Passion
o An understanding of the love for pets and the importance of the pet/pet parent relationship
o Enduring energy and engagement in the Ainsworth Pet Nutrition culture
o Be a brand and company evangelist
• Collaboration
o Working and communicating appropriately and effectively across roles and departments
o Understanding and working towards the long term goals of Ainsworth Pet Nutrition as a unified force
• Customer Intimate
o Understanding and exceeding the customer's needs and expectations, both externally and internally
• Candor
o Ability to use, understand, and learn from unreserved, honest conversations with other individuals, while still respecting all those involved in the dialogue
o Open, forthright communication that stimulates debate and new ideas amongst a group, as well as with yourself
• Integrity
o Does what they say they are going to do
o Instills trust through actions and behaviors
• Change Agent
o Can adjust to a new environment quickly
o Accepts change as a way of life and works proactively to adapt
(Abilities required of this position)

• Computer literate – navigate Windows, perform data entry
• Verbal and Math Skills – 10th grade level
• Know when to ask for help
• Ability to work with little or no supervision
• Time management skills – develop and adhere to a schedule
• Trouble shooting skills
• Mechanically inclined
• Attention to detail (specifications)
• Able to follow detailed instructions
• Able to work a flexible work schedule and be on call as assigned
• Willing to work weekends
• Understand the Master Cleaning Schedule
• Understand AINSWORTH sanitation practices and procedures
• Understand all terminology for sanitation procedures
• Know the location of all sanitation procedures
• Know the appropriate application and handling techniques for all chemicals
• Knowledgeable of all lock out/tag out procedures
• Knowledgeable of all hazardous communication procedures
• Know how to clean
• Able to read machine manuals
• Understand AIB regulations, SQF requirements for sanitation and GMP’S
• Know safety regulations and procedures
• Understand how all processing equipment works
• Understand the manufacturing process and equipment and how their responsibilities relate to its proper functioning
• Speak up when there are problems
• Follow up on assigned responsibilities and tasks
• Manage people
• Provide feedback on performance
• Teach necessary skills, safety and sanitation practices
• Plan and organize work and projects
• Delegate tasks

(Necessary to perform essential functions of job with or without an accommodation)

„X Climb ladders and bins
„X Maneuver in tight spaces
„X Move items of 55-80 lbs. in weight from one place to another
„X Stack repetitiously 60 lbs. or less
„X Able to differentiate between colors
„X Able to work in extreme temperature conditions (very hot or very cold)

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time

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