Quality Auditor 3rd Shift (Fri-Sun 4a-6:30p)
- 1829 1st Ave, Mankato, MN 56001, USA
- Sub-Department: Food Safety Quality
- Department: Operations
- Site Location: Mankato
Running with Sasquatch is more than just a clever marketing campaign. As a Jack Link’s team member, Running with Sasquatch means we roll up our buffalo plaid sleeves and do the hard work first. We don’t shy away from challenges. In fact, we push hard and take risks. True to our North Woods roots, we're a bunch of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things by driving results with innovation, creativity and a clear sense of urgency. Like our awesome protein products, we have an unwavering passion for quality, and you won’t find anything artificial here. What you see is what you get… authentic, humble and fun people who Run with Sasquatch!
Running with Sasquatch takes a team. We invite you to run with us, succeed with us, and celebrate with us. Most importantly, Feed Your Wild Side with us on our journey to be the dominant global leader of branded protein snacks!
Jack Link's Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Still family-owned and operated with headquarters in Minong, Wisconsin, Jack Link’s also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and operates a total of 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities in four countries. Jack Link’s produces high-quality, great-tasting protein snacks that feed the wild sides of consumers around the world. Jack Link's Protein Snacks family of brands includes Jack Link's, Lorissa's Kitchen, World Kitchens Jerky, Bifi and Peperami.
The FSQ Auditor supports the implementation of HACCP, SOP, SQF, and R&D and performs plant-wide auditing functions. This role completes documentation; ensures that product specifications are met; customer quality expectations are achieved; USDA regulations are complied with; all quality issues are identified, investigated, and addressed. Monitoring room temperatures, monitoring product temperatures, and monitoring product quality/consistency.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The duties and responsibilities of this position shall consist of, but not be limited to, the following:
- Perform quality inspections on random product samples to ensure samples meet company specific Quality standards. [For example: thickness, weights, lengths, count, metal detector, etc.]
- Perform pre-op – depending on time, scheduling and production including first piece checks at start of shift or new product changeover.
- Monitoring the overall safety of the food quality to ensure accurate product identification and recipe instructions are being followed. Answer questions regarding rejected product, damage on inbound cases and mislabeled cases.
- Follow plant holds and releases.
- Enter quality inspection data into electronic/written form.
- Record deviations/issues into compliance tracker and inform lead/supervisor of said deviations or defects.
- Process inbound and outbound supplier corrective action requests.
- Perform weekly daily audits.
- Prepares necessary forms and trend charts in support of kitchen or packaging inspection function.
- Implement corrective actions on deviations found during quality inspections, including product loss or adjustments.
- Review of documentation for accuracy and completeness.
- HACCP sign off – dependent on qualifications and availability.
- Review/Close out hold tags as necessary- list should be printed off daily, hold tags must be accounted for; report missing hold tags to lead/supervisor.
- Verify equipment is in good condition and calibrated, as needed.
- HACCP, SSOP, SQF, Prerequisite program maintenance - accuracy, completeness, implementation; aligned with review of production paperwork, verifications, calibrations, and counseling, etc.
- Follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) training, along with company pre-requisite programs, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), and Standard Sanitation Operating Procedures (SSOP’s). Observe team members to ensure compliance, coach as necessary.
- Acts as a backup for daily operational checklists.
- Assist Quality Control Supervisor with serious or repeated quality problems to help determine the cause and prevent further occurrences.
- Maintain SQF and HACCP book, keep documents up to date.
- Assist with Quality Control and Production audits.
- Performs other duties and responsibilities as necessary.
- Perform all duties within OSHA and company safety standards; LOTO, wear PPE and maintain safety equipment.
- Maintain a safe, clean and organized work area.
- Immediately report all accidents and deficiencies to the lead/foreman/supervisor.
- Ensure safety devices are installed and working properly.
- Monitor work environment for general food safety hazards such as condensation monitoring, etc.
- Communicate with coworkers and leaders in an effective, timely manner.
- Keep foreman/supervisor informed daily of problems incurred during the shift.
- Suggest improvements; continuously improve the quality of all support activities.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Required Education: High school diploma or GED
Required Experience: 1-2 years of experience and/or training in a manufacturing or food environment
- Knowledge and experience in quality systems and production
- Prior knowledge of food processing equipment
- Basic knowledge of supply chain, purchasing, materials and/or manufacturing
- Knowledge of SAP
- HACCP certification preferred, must be completed within 6 months
- Ability to calibrate delicate instruments and take accurate readings on fine gauges.
- College degree
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE and ABILITIES:
- An aptitude for math is required.
- Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
- Superior accuracy and attention to detail.
- Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and/or maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
- Ability to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
- Ability to organize and prioritize in a multi-tasking environment
- Ability to collaborate with remote employees and work as part of a team.
- Must have exceptional time management skills.
- Firm knowledge of quality assurance methods, product testing methods, standard measurements, regulatory compliance standards, and documentation procedures
- Proficient in Internet navigation, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- Must demonstrate effective leadership, problem solving, presentation, and employee motivational skills.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to be successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment is a plant / office setting with varying degrees of temperatures and noise levels. Exposure to manufacturing equipment movement and wet / slippery floors. Travel may be required.
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Jack Link's is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Jack Link's provides the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new Team Member’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. IMPORTANT: If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, we are required to provide you written instructions and an opportunity to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. We do not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9. In order to determine whether Form I-9 documentation is valid, we use E-Verify’s photo screening tool to match the photograph appearing on some permanent resident and employment authorization cards with the official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) photograph. If you believe that Jack Link’s has violated our responsibilities under this program or has discriminated against you during the verification process based upon your national origin or citizenship status, please call the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515).
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.