Smithfield Foods

Quality Assurance Supervisor

ID
2021-18616
Job Locations
US-NC-Tar Heel
Category
QA/Food Safety
Type
Full-Time
FLSA Status
Exempt
Shift
2nd Shift

Job Locations

US-NC-Tar Heel

Your Opportunity

As part of our FS/QA team, you would conduct routine sanitation checks, ensuring that HACCP, USDA regulations and Smithfield Quality policies and programs are strictly enforced. Providing technical expertise, develop corrective actions, and coaching plant employees when needed. You will be responsible for ensuring that we are able to deliver safe quality Smithfield products, or any of our product brands to customers and consumers.

 

Responsibilities include providing direct supervision of shift QA staff and inspection duties encompassing all SPC and QA Technician responsibilities and knowledge. Oversees daily training and project objectives, as instructed by the QA Manager, including all product, QMS and SPC inspections. Provides solid leadership within the Plant QA department to achieve the company, plant, and department goals, through various management, evaluation and improvement strategies, aimed at improving overall quality and profitability. Masters and applies all QA policies and procedures in daily interactions with plant production and quality employees. Supervises quality programs and demostrates technical expertise, including training, assessing performance and making program and process improvements. Assumes QA Manager duties, when needed.

Core Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates ownership and practical knowledge of all applicable QA and Regulatory programs and applies them throughout daily responsibilities to make sound decisions and execute quality oversight.
  • Supervises shift Quality Assurance employees and conducts quality inspections.
  • Works to prevent process or product failures. Focuses on continuous improvement of product quality through attention to process details and specifications with organized activities, including Operations and Quality Assurance.
  • Trains employees in quality functions, daily product shows, being current on specs and updating operations, monitors giveaway and yields for opportunities.
  • Responsible for supervising performance plans, work schedules, vacations, assignments and special projects, as well as training and personnel development for direct reports.
  • 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 Food Safety, CCP and sanitation paperwork that should ultimately result in no FS deviations. Conducts FMP and Sanitation audits as directed with documented corrective actions and follow-up, as necessary. Takes action in response to negative micro and Shelf Life data to drive improvement.
  • Completes reassessments of SQF Quality Plan if:
    • Addition or removal of processing steps
    • Introduction of new product with processing steps not in currently included in Quality Analysis
    • At a minimum SQF Quality Plan is reassessed annually.
  • Takes appropriate action to maintain the integrity of the SQF System.
  • Communicates to relevant personnel all information essential to ensure the effective implementation and maintenance of the SQF System.
  • In the absence of key personnel the employee’s supervisor or qualified designee (one that has been trained in the key employee's duties) is responsible to complete or delegate the completion of all required tasks and responsibilities.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

To perform 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.) from a regionally accredited four-year college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2+ years’ experience in the food industry, preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of quality assurance principles, food science and meat processing, SPC and statistics; preferred.
  • Previous experience with SQF - SQF Expert Practitioner is a plus.
  • Comprehensive experience with USDA Rules and Regulations.
  • Knowledge of Database software; Inventory software; Manufacturing software; Spreadsheet and Word Processing software; QMS system and SAP.
  • 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.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills with demonstrated multi-tasking and project management skills.
  • Must be able to travel up to 20% of the time.
  • May be required to work long hours and weekends.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and guidance to employees in the Quality Assurance Department.

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics & physical demands 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.

  • Office and plant setting. The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.
  • 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.

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit smithfieldfoods.com/careerbenefits.

 

Why Work at Smithfield Foods 8-13-19

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 43,000 U.S. team members and 16,000 European employees are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” and have made us one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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