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Perdue Farms, Inc. Quality Assurance Compliance Auditor in Salisbury, Maryland

Perdue AgriBusiness is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's second century of growth and innovation. An international agricultural products and services company, we handle agricultural commodities and have a diverse portfolio of products and businesses.


Perdue AgriBusiness has an opening for a Quality Assurance Compliance Auditor in Salisbury, MD . This position will be responsible for evaluating the content and implementation of QA and Food Safety programs created to meet FDA and customer requirements. Utilizes a structured QA audit process to conduct the evaluations. Assists with providing accurate responses to customer requests for information.

Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements a structured QA audit process that incorporates practices noted in ASQ/ANSI/ISO 19011 (American Society for Quality/American National Standards Institute/International Organization for Standardization), where practical.

  • Uses a structured audit program to evaluate the content and implementation of programs written to fulfill FDA FSMA (Food and Drug Administration/Food Safety Modernization) rules and customer requirements for product quality specifications and food safety parameters.

  • Performs system audits including: Preventive Controls Programs for Human and Animal Foods, Foreign Supplier verification, Sanitary Transport, cGMPs and Identity Preservation.

  • Performs process audits including: FDA Food Facility Registration, Pest Control, Labeling Product Recall/Traceability, FGIS sampling and grading of grains, laboratory management and analytical procedures. Other audits may be conducted at the request of Business Unit Managers or QA Directors.

  • Communicates and coordinates the audit process with operational and commerial management. Ensures the audit process and expectations are know prior to conducting the audit.

  • Maintains audit records through use of a designated software solution, e.g., RCI or SharePoint.

  • Grows the audit process beyond compliance and conformance, i.e., facilitate continuous improvements and provide value-added assessments (examples - risk identification, quality costing).

  • Assists with the completion of Customer Requests for Information (CRFI) ensuring responses given to customers accurately reflect practices.

  • Conducts training and correlations as determined by QA Director.

Minimum Education

  • Bachelors degree in Food/Feed Science, Animal Science, Ag Economics or an Agribusiness related major preferred.

Experience Requirements

3 - 5 years of experience. Experience managing food/feed safety and quality systems. Excellent communication skills and ability to maintain confidentiality. Must be proficient in general computer skills (Microsoft Office, ERP). Must be trained in HACCP, FSMA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual or FSVP QI (Foreign Supplier Verification Programs) or obtain qualifications with first year of employement. Proficient in technical writing, reading and interpreting scientific journals or publications. Proficient in agribusiness regulations and programs. Have basic knowledge of grain, soy crush and feed processing operatins, specifically HACCP Plan management, quality programs and statistical process control. Available for frequent travel with a valid driver's license.

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

Able to move freely throughout the facilities to include climbing vertical heights (0 - 150'), carrying tools and equipment (0-50 pounds), exposure to extreme temperatures (0-100 Degrees Fahrenheit), humidity, (0 - 100%), noise (50db to 100db) and chemicals (MSDS sheets available). Must be able to wear protective equipment to include self-contained breathing apparatus. Required to frequently travel to remote AgriBusiness facilities and other offsite locations. Able to operate a motor vehicle with a valid driver's license . Able to use standard office equipment and communicate on telephone.

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.