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QA Compliance Specialist

Job Details

Performance Pet Products - Mitchell, SD
Full Time
1st (Day Shift)
Quality Assurance


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 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


Performance Pet Products is seeking a QA Compliance Specialist to join the team in Mitchell, SD. We offer a competitive salary and a complete benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, paid time off, paid holidays, a paid birthday holiday, 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


Mentorship & Training                                                 Safety & Quality Compliance

Regulatory Compliance                                               Compliance Records / Reporting


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


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


Provide technical support with expertise in food safety, quality, and regulation


Maintain accurate and organized electronic filing systems, consistently available for inspections and/or audits


Assist in conducting compliance reviews of internal controls and procedures in all areas of program operations


Aid in all state and import/export certifications and licensing


Perform compliance inspections and follow up on nonconformances and corrective actions


Ensure compliance with and maintain food safety/quality certifications, registrations and licensing


Maintain compliance with product specifications, labeling, and regulatory standards


Ensure regulatory requirements are met for product safety and quality control and recommend corrective actions, as needed


Assist with audits – internal, customer,  3rd party (GFSI, SQF, etc.), and regulatory agencies (FDA, State Food and OSHA)


Ensure all necessary paperwork is completed and being used according to SOPs; collect and review documentation


Train and assist in other departments or throughout facility to provide additional coverage or leadership, as needed 


Verify accuracy and completeness of data provided and entered by other Quality Control employees


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.




High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required


Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Food Science, Biology, or related field; or comparable years’ experience, preferred


PCQI and/or SQF certification, or willingness to achieve both certifications


5+ years of experience in manufacturing/QA Assurance and compliance; preferably food manufacturing


2+ years’ experience in food/feed safety, quality assurance, and/or lab environment


Advanced written and verbal communication with high level of professionalism 


High level of professionalism, confidentiality, interpersonal skills, and attention to detail


Strong sense of initiative and independent problem-solving with the ability to manage time and deadlines with little supervision


Ability to understand and operate basic computer systems, NAV experience a plus


Ability to stand, walk, bend, and climb, frequently


Ability to tolerate varying environmental conditions; wet, slippery conditions; and confined spaces


Experience with developing safety and regulatory plans (i.e. – SOP, HACCP, FSMA, etc.)


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