Perdue Farms, Inc. Director of Co-Pack and 3rd Party Audit in Salisbury, Maryland

Requisition Number: 175376

Job Title: Director of Co-Pack and 3rd Party Audit

City: Salisbury

State: MD

Director of Co-Pack and 3rd Party Audit

Description/Job Summary

The Director of CoPack & 3rd Party audit will have direct engagement with Copackers to ensure Quality and Food Safety program requirements are in place. They will oversee the scheduling and execution of all food safety and/or quality related product certifications

for all Copackers. They will maintain strong professional relationships with them as well as other key customers to ensure responsive partnerships. This individual will work through cross-functional teams and will travel as needed to customers and other production



  • Oversee Food Safety and Quality Management systems (FSQMS) and support personnel engaged in food safety and quality management systems for all Perdue Foods and Coleman Natural Foods Co-packers including food safety, food security, crisis management andcustomer/consumer complaints.

  • Provide oversight for protocol integrity, animal care-in-production and animal welfare policies including all 3rd party animal welfare audits including Whole Foods Addendums for West Coast Operations, Perdue Foods, all Perdue Foods Co-Packers and ColemanNatural Foods Co-Packers.

  • Provide oversight for protocol integrity: Organic, Non-GMO, NAE, Gluten Free, AHA, GFSI, Global Animal Partnership (GAP and GAP LPAP) for all Perdue Foods, all Perdue Foods Co-Packers and Coleman Natural Co-Packers.

  • Manage direct contact relationships with Whole Foods, 365 E Brand, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Safeway, Topco Full Circle, Applegate, Wegmans, Kroger, Ahold and Traditional Coleman Natural Foods Business contacts including their food safety systems (G.O.R.P.,EDGE, SpecConnect, TraceGains, Aspirago/TraQtion, iCiX, Rapid Recall Exchange, etc.) and complaint corrective action responses.

  • Manage audit results to include verification of audit corrective actions and preventive measures.

  • Audit, authorize and approve all new prospective Perdue Foods Co-Packers.

  • Manage Perdue Foods Co-Packer complaint information and corrective action responses.

Required Education

Bachelor's Degree in Food Science, Engineering or other applicable Science degree and 10+ years of related experience in the food industry. Strong knowledge of (and/or certifications in) food safety and all applicable regulations are required. Experience

should include working with direct customer interface and support around Quality and Food Safety as well as managing requirements around verification programs; NAE, NGMO, Gluten Free, BRC, SQF, HACCP, Organic, etc.

This indivual must also have:

  • Experience developing and maintaining company records relating to process work flows, USDA, FDA, and other regulatory organizations

  • Thorough understanding of HACCP and GFSI programs/audit schemes

  • Ability to develop quality systems, including the ability to write policies and SOPs as well as mentor others in writing policies and SOPs.

  • Ability to effectively articulate and present the company’s quality strategy to Copackers, senior management, regulatory bodies and customers.

  • Proven ability to operate successfully in a rapidly growing organization, inclusive of demonstrated ability to coordinate efforts in addressing regulatory issues. Ability to formulate solutions from a broad perspective.

Master's Degree in a relevant scientific field or and advance technical or business degree is a plus.


Perdue family of companies is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce.

Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.