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Posted on: April 16, 2021 • Category: Manufacturing, Food Safety

Food Safety Specialist

American Foods Group - Cimpl Meats

Apply By: May 21, 2021
No. of Jobs: 1
Job Type: Full-Time
Pay Type: Hourly
Compensation: DOE/DOQ
Education: High School

Jennifer Morse
Phone 1: 605-660-1710
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American Foods Group - Cimpl Meats
1000 Cattle Drive
Yankton, SD 57078
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Cimpl’s, LLC, an American Foods Group Company has opportunities for a Food Safety Specialist to join our dynamic QA team in Yankton, SD.

We are looking for someone with the ability to work in a fast-paced manufacturing environment with a dedication to quality. Join the AFG family where you can be a part of providing quality beef products to over 40 countries around the world and advance your career.

As our Food Safety Specialist, you will:

  • Maintain and monitor all identified critical control points in various departments within the facility to reduce the risk associated with each control point.
  • Conduct comprehensive annual HACCP reassessments for each HACCP Plan including a program review and functional audit of HACCP, SSOP, and pre-requisite programs and all supporting documents.  
  • Conduct Gap Analysis for HACCP Programs, with special attention to validation studies and supporting documents.
  • Work with plant management and customers to successfully resolve customer concerns involving food safety and/or quality.
  • Perform regulatory analysis to maintain compliance with government regulations, updating management on all food safety related notices, directives and regs and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Manage the implementation of the SQF system and lead the Internal Audit team.
  • Work with plant management to strategically coordinate continuous improvement efforts and programs related to food safety and quality processes and systems, plus defining performance measures.
  • Prepare and participate in all customer and third-party audits
  • Lead SQF meetings as fitting with the Food Safety Team and the Food Quality Team to discuss and report issues, concerns and improvements to maintain the integrity of the SQF system
  • Responsible for overseeing the employee training processes to ensure the successful completion and implementation of all required trainings and maintain employee training records.
  • Validate changes to the SQF system as they apply to producing safe food.
  • Maintain record retention for production and FSQ records.
  • Work cross functionally with management and production workers to develop and maintain systems that promote a quality and food safety culture.
  • Adheres to Quality work practices, follows GMP's, maintains sanitary conditions and ensures that product quality is maintained. Reports conditions or practices that may adversely affect food safety and quality to management.
  • Stay current on all SQF updates and changes and communicating these changes to the Food Safety and Food Quality Team.
  • Act as a backup for the Food Safety and Quality Coordinator.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Microbiology, Food Science or other related biological sciences.
  • HACCP certified and demonstrate excellent understanding of HACCP, GMP, and SSOP.
  • Knowledge of Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Program with the ability to achieve SQF Practitioner status.
  • Knowledge of microbiology, aseptic sampling technique, sampling plans, and laboratory practices.
  • Strong background in inspection and auditing activities.
  • Must be able to work in a variety of work environments and perform the physical requirements of the job.
  • Ability to work extended scheduled hours Monday through Saturday with frequent overtime.
  • Must be fluent in English (speaking, reading, and writing) - must be able to communicate with Government personnel and other designated personnel, read specifications/labels, SOPs, SSOPs and HACCP, and be able to complete necessary written documentation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, people skills, and strong leadership ability.
  • Must have detailed and practical knowledge in plant sanitation practices. 
  • Knowledge of statistical software to perform data analysis and trend indicators.
  • Strong computer skills in Microsoft office, Outlook, etc.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Biology, Microbiology, Food Science or other related biological sciences.

Other Information:

Cimpl’s, LLC an American Foods Group Company is a privately held meat processing company located in Yankton, South Dakota. We appreciate our employees and reward them for a job well done.  As a member of the team, you will find yourself challenged and contributing in a significant way to the success of the business, and you will be rewarded for that success. If you want to feel appreciated for a job well done and be part of something bigger, then consider joining American Foods Group, a “hire to retire” type of company.

What we offer:

  • Competitive pay
  • Excellent benefit plan.  Benefits include: Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flex Spending Accounts, Voluntary Benefits, PTO, 401k, Short Term Disability, Discount Meat Purchase Program, and more!  
  • Training, growth and advancement opportunities that will make this the best and last company you work for.

Check Out the Yankton, SD Area!

Improve your quality of life by residing in Yankton, South Dakota, a rural city located on the banks of the Missouri River.  An abundance of recreational areas and amenities make it easy to stay active in Yankton.

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