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Dairy Auditor

Independent Contractor

100% travel required near homebase

The Contract Dairy Auditor will conduct onsite third-party audits of Validus customers to evaluate compliance, review corrective actions, and submit their audit reports for review and certification.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Verifiers will be trained on program requirements and participate in ongoing training, knowledge sharing and process improvements

  • The core verification process includes: coordinating verifications internally with the Validus office and customer, preparing for onsite verifications, conducting verifications, completing the verification checklist and submitting all relevant information to applicable internal teams within established timelines

  • Review customer operations against CARE certified programs

  • Ensure client records are thoroughly maintained

  • Book travel, hotel, and transportation according to company policy and submit applicable expense reports for reimbursement

  • Use applicable checklists, forms and technology such as an iPad or tablet for gathering information for the audits

  • Adhere to all of the customer’s quality and code of conduct standards including but not limited to: Biosecurity, SQF (Safe Quality Food), and GMP (General Manufacturing Practices)

  • Maintain professionalism and positive customer relationships and respond to all client inquiries and concerns. Elevate concerns or questions to the Validus office

  • Attend required trainings, internally and externally, to maintain qualifications to conduct audits and knowledge of applicable regulations and standards

  • Must be in located in the United States

  • Other duties as assigned

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture and 5 years of experience in the dairy industry, 15 years of experience in the dairy industry, OR a doctorate in veterinary medicine or similar doctoral degree

  • HACCP experience and training required: training will be provided on HACCP audits

  • Previous GMP and food safety experience

  • Third-party certification process experience required

  • Extensive knowledge of agricultural systems, with a primary focus in feed mills and food manufacturing

  • Independent and free of conflict of interest

  • Driver’s license or ability to obtain rental vehicle and travel to each location

  • Fair-minded and able to maintain an objective approach at all times

  • Strong critical thinking skills

  • Excellent organization and attention to detail

  • Strong aptitude for professionalism and confidentiality

  • Exceptional communication skills and heightened attention to detail

  • Strong sense of urgency towards customer service and task management

  • Self-motivated with a desire for continuous learning

  • Ability to multi-task and manage priorities effectively and efficiently with completing deadlines

  • Must have a positive, solution-oriented attitude and be a team player

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office

Preferred Skills:

  • Completion of Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) Dairy Welfare Auditor training

  • SQF experience

  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office with the willingness to learn proprietary IT systems – hardware, software and mobile applications

  • Additional working knowledge and experience in any of the following categories is a plus and will be weighted heavily in preference: beef, swine, crops, and/or feed productions systems

  • Practical field experience in agriculture, food science, or food production

Working Conditions:

  • Independent contract position: pay is based on duration of audit and ranges from $300.00-580.00

  • Remote with 100% travel as the schedule dictates, mostly overnight

  • Processing and feed mill equipment in facilities

  • Pesticide and other chemical storage facilities

  • Temperature extremes of high heat or cold, including indoors and outdoors



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