Quality Assurance & Food Safety Plainwell, Michigan


Position at JBS USA

About JBS
JBS began in 1953 as a small, family-owned company in Brazil. We have continued to steadily grow and are now the largest animal protein processor in the world. Though our business has grown, our family values remain our foundation. We seek to hire dedicated individuals who are committed to learning and share our desire to be the best. At JBS, our team members are our most important asset and feeding the world is our greatest goal. The Plainwell facility began operations in 1918 under the Murray Packing company. In the 1960's, it was acquired by Murco and in 1998 by Packerland. In 2000, Packerland was acquired by Smithfield. In 2010, the facility joined the JBS USA family.
 Plainwell is the only JBS plant with Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP), a packaging process that changes oxygen levels to extend shelf-life. The MAP process is a part of the Plainwell ground beef operation. Plainwell is also one of the few plants that produces ground beef patties. Over one million lbs. (450,000 kg) of beef are produced each day. The Plainwell facility produces biogas in an anaerobic lagoon and uses it in place of natural gas to heat a portion of the water used in the plant. The facility was recognized by the American Meat Institute as a Tier 3 facility for its accomplishments with ISO 14001. Plainwell recently built a $31 million distribution center (85,000 ft²) with a 55,000 box capacity.
Investing in our people is a large part of the reason why success at JBS is so achievable. Working in operations gives you the opportunity to contribute to the very core of our business: producing the highest quality products for families around the globe.  At the JBS operations facilities, we offer career growth opportunities for people with all kinds of interests and backgrounds who are interested in working in a fast-paced, hands-on environment.  Additionally, opportunities for those who enjoy working within the production environment and are excited about both leading a team and ensuring we are producing a top quality, safe product for families across the globe.
JBS® values the people who make our company a success. We want to be sure our team members know just how much we appreciate their dedication by ensuring they love working with us. As part of our total compensation package, JBS® and offers comprehensive employee benefits designed to meet the healthcare and financial goals of our team members and their families today, tomorrow and in the future.

Purpose & Scope: Oversee quality and food safety aspects of production

Principle Responsibilities:

  • This position is responsible for assuring regulatory compliance, customer specifications/quality issues, food safety and quality programs within the pant facility.
  • This position reports directly to Quality or HIMP / Slaughter Supervisor of the department
  • This position assists the Quality or HIMP/ Slaughter Supervisor with designated daily tasks.
  • This position performs various quality control functions including but not limited to line inspection, audits.
  • This position participates as a team member with Quality or HIMP / Slaughter employees to review product performance, respond to questions and complaints, and work with team members to ensure yield and efficiency expectations are met.
  • This position assists in the planning, coordination, and direction all quality, regulatory and food safety programs to insure compliance with company, governmental and customer requirements and expectations.
  • This position must assist in the areas of employee management, selection, training development, performance management, staff efficiencies, and yield and efficiency opportunities. Documentation and tracking of identified opportunities.


  • Dependable and enthusiastic
  • Good people skills, ability to work well with others
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written
  • QA, HACCP and Food Safety experience preferred
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Understanding of USDA requirements (HACCP). Able to rethink and improve business for continued growth.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Ability to provide leadership/motivation to engage employees in the business


 Education: Minimum Bachelor’s degree; science related field preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience 

 Experience: Extensive knowledge and technical skill in a variety of QA and production jobs, and in supervisory positions

 Special Skills:

  • Knowledge of multiple languages helpful. Computer and organizational skills
  • Ability to make quick, informed decisions. Knowledge of anatomy and microbiology
  • Supervisory and interpersonal skills; ability to handle conflict


Internal: Frequent communication with all levels of employees and management concerning all issues relating to quality of product

External: Regular communication with USDA inspectors.  Occasional communication with customers, suppliers, laboratories 

 Lockout Training Requirements: General Lockout Procedure training

EVALUATION:  Employee safe work practices and safety knowledge will be reviewed each year as part of the employee performance evaluations