Quality Assurance Officer

Quality Assurance Officer
VKB Group
Bethlehem, Free State


Posted 04 January 2022 – Closing Date 14 January 2022

Job Details

Job Description


Q-Pro Feeds is a dynamic Animal Feed Manufacturing business with production facilities in both Bethlehem and Vrede. We are responsible for producing animal feed to in-house clients as well as external clients in the monogastric and ruminant fields.

We are looking for two candidates, one will be based at our Bethlehem facility and the other at our Vrede facility.

Job Description

The Quality Assurance Officer is responsible for the quality assurance of the raw materials as well as final products produced by Q-Pro Feeds. Good Manufacturing Practices as well as ISO System Management will form an integral part of this role whilst ensuring that the laboratory is a world-class testing facility.

Qualifications and Experience

  • National Diploma in Animal Nutrition required.
  • 2 years related experience in animal feed / factory environment.
  • Knowledge required:
    • Quality processes within production environment, product and raw materials.
    • Handling of test and measurement equipment.
    • Knowledge of the South African Act of Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations 85, 1993.
    • Knowledge of SABS ISO: 9001-2008 standards, GMP and AFMA code and Act 36.
  • Computer literate (Excel – Intermediate required, Word and email)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Check NIR analysis of all incoming raw materials and finished goods daily
  • Control of urease analysis of full-fat and soybean oil cake, record result on data basis – each load received to be tested
  • Collect all NIR data and plot on graphs weekly. Compare NIR data to Wet Chem analysis to determine any variation in raw material / finished product quality – report to management when there are deviations.
  • Control of the following: Sieve and Fraction tests, Density, visual raw material and finished product samples. Rejected product batches and reworked product
  • Control of test and measurement equipment matrix to ensure everyone is always up to standard and specifications. Calibration certificates are recorded (6 monthly or as and when required) – expired stock, available stock etc.
  • FP Moisture monitoring on daily basis
  • Where information is not completed, provide reasons for non-compliance.
  • Daily monitoring of accuracy of Fat coating process
  • Checking preparation and sending of RM & FP samples to specific Institutions for verification of inclusion %
  • Taking samples for Salmonella (truck registration, compartment where tested) & cfu monitoring, supervision of Dusting in all relevant areas (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays)
  • Moisture & Temperature monitoring of all incoming Chop and Soya OC loads, bunker temp and moisture to be recorded daily (graphs)
  • Send away Wetchem schedule samples & outlier feed samples for verification – Notify, keep submissions & results on file for reference purposes
  • Check standard and cleanliness of Laboratory
  • Measuring performance, do job observations every 3 months
  • Management and coordination of monthly meetings to handle all quality & personnel issues
  • Schedule service and calibration for measurement equipment as required
  • Coordination of internal and external training for Laboratory Operators
  • Overseeing the taking of accurate samples for testing to prevent unnecessary costs.
  • Adherence to lab expense budget in terms of Wetchem submissions and lab equipment.
  • Control and coordinate the laboratory functions.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment and records in a neat and orderly manner according to established standards and procedures.
  • Ensure that the LAB data base is up to date.
  • Monthly audits in accordance with ISO and AFMA Standards
  • Ensure compliance with all policies, procedures and work instructions pertaining to quality and food safety
  • To liaise with manager on an ongoing basis to ensure the quality of services and products.
  • To train, mentor and coach all relevant employees to maintain standards, practices and processes.
  • Report on Feed Additive inclusion via scheduled analysis to ensure quality of finished products.
  • Reporting on quality trends and data capturing.

Skills Required

  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to provide clear direction
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Strong analytical ability
  • Personal Resilience
  • Excellent communication skills – spoken and written
  • Ability to work and lead a team
  • Be innovative / take initiative

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