• Quality Assurance (QA) Tech

    Performance Pet Products
    Job Description

    Schedule: Monday to Friday, 6:00am - 4:30pm

    Farmers Union Industries, LLC, also known as FUI, is a leading agricultural-based manufacturing company headquartered in Redwood Falls, MN. Our current operations include Central Bi-Products, Northland Choice, Midwest Grease, Artex Manufacturing, Redwood Farms Meat Processors, and Performance Pet Products. Please visit our website at fuillc.com to learn more!

    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 seeking to add a QA Technician to our energetic and knowledgeable team at our 168,000 square foot cannery in Mitchell, SD! We offer a starting base wage of $18.25/Hr. along with scheduled increases and a complete benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, PTO, an impressive 401K match, and much more!

    Areas of Accountability

    All areas of accountability to be delivered with GRIT - our values of Generosity, Relationships, Integrity, and Teamwork

    Food Safety Compliance                        Continuous Improvement                                       

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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

    Maintain highest level of confidentiality, customer service and professionalism to promote a positive image of the Company

    Complete routine food safety & quality systems inspections, identify deficiencies, and follow up with corrective actions

    Communicate effectively with plant personnel and supervisors and update supervisors on any non-conforming materials/equipment   

    Follow all procedures regarding all potential QA or Food Safety holds

    Understand and implement company procedures pertaining to Operational Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures

    Perform pre-operational sanitation inspections of the facility prior to start-up

    Perform various sample collections related to bacterial testing, interpret test results, and compare to company specifications

    Assist in training of plant personnel and developing company procedures related to food safety & quality

    Complete daily paperwork and maintain accurate and organized records

    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.



    Degree in Agricultural Science, Biology or meat science related degree, preferred

    3+ years’ experience in food/feed safety, quality assurance, lab environment, microbiology, or related fields

    Knowledgeable in food safety, quality and USDA regulations and developing SSOPs and HACCP plans

    Advanced written and verbal communication skills with a high level of professionalism

    High level of proficiency, accuracy, discretion and confidentiality

    Strong sense of initiative and independent problem-solving/root cause analysis

    Ability to manage time and deadlines with little supervision

    Ability to handle hot and cold conditions (dress according to temperature); different scents; and be aware of any wet floors or other hazards

    Ability to stand; walk; move about the facility; occasionally lift, push/pull up to 40 pounds 

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

    Basic mathematical skills

    Bilingual (Spanish), desired but not required

    Ability to read and write in English

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