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    Plant Sanitarian - Decatur, IL
    Decatur Corn Processing Plant
    This is an exempt level position
    Job Summary:
    This position is responsible for the overall sanitation and GMP process for the Decatur Corn Plant.
    Essential Job Functions:

    • Develop and maintain plant Sanitation, Hygiene and GMP systems in compliance with the Plant and Corporate Quality Policies.

    • Plan, develop and implement Sanitation Standards and Goals.

    • Directs work for plant and contractor groups, in conjunction with department management.

    • Audit all activities necessary for the cleaning and sanitizing of production and production equipment ensuring that all duties are performed in accordance with GFSI certification, GMP+ certification, USDA and FDA (FSMA) regulations including SSOP's, HACCP, GMP's, all safety policies and company procedures.

    • Monitor the results of the Daily and Master Sanitation Schedules so that the required practices are performed on a timely basis. Provide scoring on these activities to Plant Food Safety and Leadership team.

    • Oversee Pest Control Program to ensure proper controls within the facility.

    • Monitor and order Sanitation Supplies to ensure that proper supplies are on hand to clean and sanitize the facility

    • Respond to reports of sanitation problems as identified by audits or regulatory agency interaction.

    • Maintains a safe working environment.

    • Ensures compliance to state, federal, and local regulations.

    • Develop and deliver when necessary effective food safety and sanitation training to plant and contractor personnel.

    • Support plant GMP and cleaning training activities.

    • In collaboration with the Quality Manager, advises the Plant Management Team on matters of sanitation and hygiene as may be required to promote high product quality standard.

    • Develop and facilitate internal sanitation audits to determine satisfactory performance versus company and regulatory standards. 

    • Reviews data for placement of loaded railcars into inventory.

    • Fulfill responsibilities of QC Chemist or QC Superintendent as needed (supervision of laboratory staffing). 

    • Implementation and management of all aspects of the plant Performance Excellence process.

    Minimum Job Requirements:

    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work across functions.

    • Creative/analytical problem solving skills and innovative approaches to resolve complex problems.

    • Microsoft office skills such as PowerPoint, Project Manager, Excel and Word.

    • Demonstrated experience of effective leadership working closely with USDA, FDA, and other agencies or vendors.

    • Audit experience, external or internal.  Working knowledge of standards for GFSI and/or GMP+. 


    • Bachelors’ degree in Food Science or related discipline such as chemistry, biology or microbiology is preferred. 


    Job Description (Continued)


    • Five or more years of food plant sanitation, quality assurance or operations management experience.
     Special Skills:
    • Solid systems understanding and ability to identify improvements needed.
    • Hands on management style and solid communication ability.
    • Able to effectively interface within all levels of the organization.
    Working Conditions:
    • Dust
    • Chemicals / Irritants
      • The scope of the position requires exposure to and use of chemicals, solvents, and cleaners that may be hazardous and/or cause injury if specific instructions regarding their mixture, use, and disposal/storage are not properly followed.
    • Inside areas:
      • Spring / Summer:   Temperatures in some areas of the facility will be up to or exceed 100 degrees
      • Fall / Winter:  Temperatures in the facility may be at or below freezing.
    • Outside areas:
      • Spring / Summer:   Outside temperature may be up to or exceed 100 degrees with potential for high humidity.   May be exposed to inclement weather conditions including, but not limited to, rain and wind.
      • Fall / Winter:   Outside temperatures may reach freezing or below.   May be exposed to inclement weather including, freezing rain, sleet, snow and wind.
    • Some manufacturing process within the facility are highly reliant on machinery and other processing equipment and, as a result, noise levels may reach or exceed 85 decibels and require use of hearing protection for most of the work shift.
    Physical Requirements:
    • Able to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to 30 pounds on a frequent basis and up to 50 pounds on an occasional basis.
    • Able to traverse up to two (2) miles during the course of a work day.
    • Able to move about or to a work site by stooping, bending, kneeling or squatting frequently during the course of a work day.  May require periods of prolonged sitting or standing.
    • Able to operate equipment or diagnose / detect issues of machinery that may be located at different heights.  May require work on ladders, scaffolding or other work at heights.
    • Requires a full range of physical motion in order to operate manual and electrically powered tools and electrical test equipment, to move throughout the facility, including climbing stairs in all buildings, and to work at heights. 
    This position offers a complete benefit package, including 401K/ESOP, pension, health, life and dental insurance.
    ADM requires the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and a background check. 
    ADM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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