Quality Assurance Auditor

Quality assurance auditors monitor a company’s production process to ensure it follows governmental and third-party food safety regulations. They conduct audits by performing inspections of buildings, paperwork, employees and equipment, looking for anything that could compromise the quality or safety of a product. If the auditor finds a noncompliance, they will provide suggestions for management to solve the problem and follow-up to ensure the resolution.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Inspect manufacturing facilities for issues that could compromise food quality or safety
  • Interview employees and ask them about their daily duties to ensure that employees’ work procedures match what was recorded
  • Perform product sampling duties
  • Review records to determine if production is in compliance with food safety regulations
  • Provide legible, accurate, complete and timely computer entries
  • Ensure appropriate decisions are made regarding quality
  • Meet sensory (taste, smell and feel) demands of the job
  • Safely use chemicals required for testing and cleaning
  • Ensure attendance and participation in trainings appropriate to the position
  • Ensure no injuries to self or others by following safe work practices and policies
  • Provide training for staff on food safety practices
  • Create presentations and reports of findings for management
  • Recommend changes to improve food safety processes
  • Travel in an assigned geographical area, depending on the size of the company and company needs
  • Have an extensive knowledge of current food safety regulations
  • Stay up to date with food safety certifications

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • family and consumer sciences
  • statistics
  • mathematics
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • business
  • computer skills

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s degree in food science, animal science, poultry science, chemistry, microbiology or a related field is required. If you work for a third-party auditing company, you will need to be certified according to their certification program. If you work for a company that does in-house quality assurance, certification will depend on the company’s standards. For many third-party food safety organizations, multiple years of experience are required before acting as a solo auditor.

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