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ADM Technical Quality Specialist- Des Moines, IA in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Title:

Technical Quality Specialist- Des Moines, IA



Job Description:

Technical Quality Specialist- Des Moines, IA

This is an exempt level position.

Job Summary:

The Technical Quality Specialist is responsible for being the plants main point of contact directly with the key account customer. This position is the locations direct lines between sales, operations, purchasing, the key account and others as needed. Reports to the Location Quality Manager.

Job Description

  • Main point of contact for key account customers directly being responsible for product management

  • Connect with customers under a quality agreement any deviations as defined in the agreement

  • Responsible for leading key account quality investigations and provide timely feedback

  • Write or approve validation procedures, route for approval to meet customer expectations before implementation

  • Develop an understanding of allowable tolerances and establish written procedures to ensure these are met based on facility validation information

  • Oversee management of change approval with customers on changes that directly impact their products from start to finish

  • Understand customer specifications and ensure they can be met per facility capabilities

  • Communicate product withdrawals and recalls to key accounts

  • Participate in meetings with customers and lead the technical and quality related presentations and discussions .

  • Connect with commercial on customer needs

  • Oversight of plant process issues that lead to deviations during key account product manufacturing

  • Develop a plan to eliminate the root cause

  • Follow up with implementation and ongoing verification to ensure corrective actions are being followed and effective

  • Continue to drive improvement into the process by utilizing continuous improvement tools

  • Work with engineers on equipment deviations issues to improve manufacturing design

  • Lead customer visits and audits through direct oversight

  • Develop a process to present facility overview to explain the production of their product

  • Understand customer audit expectations and ensure facility meets all requirements

  • Be an active participant in Food Safety Plan team meetings

  • Work with the management to ensure updated procedures align with current key account SOP changes

  • Assist operations with rework or product destruction

  • Provide key account customers with production summaries, annual product quality reports and inventory reports of finished goods, raw materials, and packaging

  • Maintain required key account production data in a shareable format/summary, compare analytical results to specifications, create COAs as needed, and identify trends and improvement opportunities

  • Verify the “Formal Release” requirements

  • Maintain site specific work instructions related to specific product manufacturing procedures required by the key accounts

  • Understanding of the Quality Managers role and fill in when needed

  • Participate in PE methodology

  • Other tasks as assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • BS degree in Feed Science or related experience AND/OR 5+ years in quality experience in feed/food

  • Knowledge of FDA and State Regulatory Requirements

  • Trained in Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCQI)

  • Great Teammate

  • Decisive and results oriented

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to lead, mentor, build consensus and lead change among a team of production/sales/quality colleagues.

  • Strong analytical problem solving/root cause analysis skills

  • Highly organized

  • Effective use of Microsoft office applications

Relocation assistance is available with this position.

This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.

ADM requires the successful completion of applicable pre-employment drug screen, medical questionnaire and a background check.


Des Moines


IA - Iowa

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ADM is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veterans status.

About ADM::

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at