• Quality Assurance (QA) Compliance Specialist

    Performance Pet Products
    Job Description

    Farmers Union Industries, LLC, also known as FUI, is a leading agricultural-based manufacturing company headquartered in Redwood Falls, MN. FUI is a premier provider of specialized products, providing superior value and services to our members and customers. Our current operations include Central Bi-Products, Northland Choice, Midwest Grease, Artex Manufacturing, Redwood Farms Meat Processors, and Performance Pet Products.

    Performance Pet, located in Mitchell, SD, is home to the innovators and formulators who turn the desire for leaner, tastier, healthier or otherwise better pet food into an actual product on the shelves. Everything we do is custom made for every customer, and we're the only canner to do so. Learn more about what we do at performancepet.net/.

    We are currently seeking a detail-oriented Quality Assurance (QA) Compliance Specialist to join our fun and energetic team in Mitchell, SD! We offer a competitive starting wage as well as a complete benefits package including health, dental, visions, PTO, paid holidays, a paid birthday holiday, an impressive 401K match, and much more!

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    Areas of Accountability

    All areas of accountability to be delivered in a manner that aligns with the values and business strategy of Farmers Union Industries.

    Mentorship & Training                                                                                       Safety & Quality Compliance

    Regulatory Compliance                                                                                     Compliance Records / Reporting                                           

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    Work safely, comply, and enforce all company and regulatory safety/environmental policies, practices, and procedures

    Provide technical support with expertise in food safety, quality, and regulation

    Maintain accurate and organized electronic filing systems, consistently available for inspections and/or audits

    Assist in conducting compliance reviews of internal controls and procedures in all areas of program operations

    Aid in all state and import/export certifications and licensing

    Perform compliance inspections and follow up on non-conformances and corrective actions

    Ensure compliance with and maintain food safety/quality certifications, registrations and licensing

    Maintain compliance with product specifications, labeling, and regulatory standards

    Ensure regulatory requirements are met for product safety and quality control and recommend corrective actions, as needed

    Assist with audits – internal, customer,  3rd party (GFSI, SQF, etc.), and regulatory agencies (FDA, State Food and OSHA)

    Ensure all necessary paperwork is completed and being used according to SOPs; collect and review documentation

    Train and assist in other departments or throughout facility to provide additional coverage or leadership, as needed 

    Verify accuracy and completeness of data provided and entered by other Quality Control employees

    Situations may arise that require employees to temporarily or permanently assume responsibility for tasks not specifically outlined in this job description. Employees may be requested to work additional hours and/or accommodate a heavier than normal workload.

    Qualifications

    High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required

    Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Food Science, Biology, or related field; or comparable years’ experience, preferred

    PCQI and/or SQF certification, or willingness to achieve both certifications

    5+ years of experience in manufacturing/QA Assurance and compliance; preferably food manufacturing

    2+ years’ experience in food/feed safety, quality assurance, and/or lab environment

    Advanced written and verbal communication

    High level of professionalism, confidentiality, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail

    Strong sense of initiative and independent problem-solving with the ability to manage time and deadlines with little supervision

    Ability to understand and operate basic computer systems, NAV experience a plus

    Ability to stand, walk, bend, and climb, frequently

    Ability to tolerate varying environmental conditions; wet, slippery conditions; and confined spaces

    Experience with developing safety and regulatory plans (i.e. – SOP, HACCP, FSMA, etc.)

    Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite – Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

    Disclaimer: Because of the work that Farmers Union Industries does with the federal government, all employees are subject to executive order 14042 and the FUI COVID-19 vaccination policy.

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