Job Vacancy Senior Quality Assurance Technologist- Distribution Center Smithfield Foods

Job title: Senior Quality Assurance Technologist- Distribution Center

Company: Smithfield Foods

Job description: Job Locations

US-MD-North East

Your Opportunity

As part of our FS/QA team, you would conduct routine sanitation checks, ensuring that HACCP and USDA regulations are strictly enforced. Providing technical expertise to track product from start to finish, and develop corrective actions when needed. You will be responsible for ensuring that we are able to safely deliver the best Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, or any of our product brands to customers and consumers.

The Senior Quality Assurance Technologist is responsible for providing guidance and ensuring the overall quality in the distribution center and assigned 3rd party warehouses through the management of regulatory, company, customer policies, programs and work instructions. This role is expected to conduct and document verifications of warehouse quality and food safety programs. This position is responsible for monitoring company and facility programs, which may include but is not limited to: pre-op sanitation, product and room temperatures, refrigeration, deep chill, freezing and tempering at the distribution center and third party cold storage facilities as assigned; product inspections and retentions; monitoring and resolving retained product; value adding operations such as product dating, weighing, labeling, and boxing; and GMPs. The Senior Quality Assurance Technologist assists in managing quality programs and exercising technical expertise, including training, assessing performance and making improvements and takes the lead with annual 3rd party Food Safety and Quality audits. Additionally, this role visits and monitors assigned 3rd party warehouse locations as needed.

Core Responsibilities

Quality Verification

  • Conducts quality inspections.
  • Maintain quality objectives, prevent complaints and claims through verification of warehouse policy program adherence through inspections, non-compliance procedures, appropriate reporting, corrective actions and accuracy of paperwork.
  • Routine verifications and inspections include temperature compliance, retained product, warehouse audits, shipping and receiving and value added processes.
  • Verify that assigned warehouses are following, documenting and reporting program compliance relative to deep chill, tempering and freezing.
  • Ensure policies, programs and procedures are implemented and maintained.
  • Works with other departments to implement procedure changes, based on predetermined specifications, programs and policies, involving warehouse, cold storage and finished goods to remedy the cause of any non-compliance as quickly as possible.
  • Ability to interpret customer and sales specifications, as needed, and apply subjective quality decisions to product (ie: product appearance, color, texture, etc).

Quality Improvement

  • Required to take action in response to poor observations by identifying and correcting deficiencies.
  • Utilize technical knowledge to prevent and identify the root cause of process or product failures.
  • Continuous improvement of product quality through attention to process expected.
  • Activities will include Quality Assurance program management, assessing and reporting deep chill, tempering and freezing processes, training on quality functions, assessing policies, programs and specs and updating Operations.
  • Leads and ensures successful annual third party Food Safety and Quality audits at the distribution center


  • 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.


  • Acts as a lead by training, mentoring and providing guidance to operations employees.

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.


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.

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 2+ years of relevant experience, required.
  • Associate’s degree, preferred.
  • Ability to create, revise and interpret technical documents such as quality specifications, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Knowledge and understanding of quality assurance principles, warehouse management systems and SAP.
  • A high level of technical expertise, ownership and practical knowledge of all Quality Assurance and regulatory programs
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite: Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Comprehensive experience and understanding of USDA Rules and Regulations
  • 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.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Strong conflict resolution skills.
  • Must have the ability to complete required applicable forms in English, which requires the ability to read and write in English.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time.
  • 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

This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but may act as a lead by providing training and guidance to other employees within the Distribution Center.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics 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 warehouse setting. The warehouse environment will include extreme cold, 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 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 .


More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.


Working at Smithfield isn’t just a job – it’s the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.


Our people matter. That’s why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees.


Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly®” and serve as 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 our 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 communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit , and connect with us on , , and .

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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Location: Maryland

Job date: Tue, 06 Sep 2022 07:04:24 GMT

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