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Champion Pet Foods Supplier Quality Auditor in Auburn, Kentucky


Champion Petfoods is expanding! We are excited to announce we are looking for a Supplier Quality Auditor to join our rapidly growing company.

Champion Petfoods is an award-winning pet food maker with a reputation of trust spanning 35+ years. Founded in a small town in Alberta, Canada, Champion – with its ORIJEN® and ACANA® brands – is a key player in the global premium pet food industry across three major geographic regions. Our purpose, To Earn Pet Lover Trust Every Day so Pets Thrive for a Lifetime , provides the foundation for our highest aspirations as a company.

We would love to hear from you if you are passionate about personal and professional growth and see yourself as a key player contributing to our continued success as an award-winning company.


The Supplier Quality Auditor is primarily responsible for auditing Champion Petfoods supplier, co-manufacturer and distributor partners to ensure compliance with Champion’s Supplier Approval Program, Co-man Approval Program and Distributor Compliance Program.

Reporting to the Corporate Supplier Quality Assurance Manager, this position is based out of our manufacturing facility in Auburn, KY.


  • Review of partner documentation and records, conducting virtual and / or site audits of partner facilities and reporting on programs, procedures, and progress.

  • Perform appropriate risk assessments to ensure suppliers and co-manufacturers can meet quality assurance, food safety and regulatory requirements.

  • Complete verification audits to ensure compliance with Champion Petfoods’ food safety and quality standards.

  • Work with the management teams of supplier and co-manufacturer partners to evaluate programs and support development of extensive food safety and quality programs.

  • Provide timely and accurate reviews of supplier and co-manufacturer corrective actions and closures.

  • Assess and mitigate any risks to Champion Petfoods when reviewing supplier and co-manufacturer food safety programs.

  • Assist with the development of the annual audit plan for existing supplier partners.

  • Work with the Ingredient Management team to coordinate the review and approvals for new supplier and co-manufacturer partners.

  • Support with distributor compliance verification audits, as required by the business.

  • Manage audit records for supplier, co and distributor partner visits, with monthly reporting on progress and deviations.

  • Liaise with other key departments within Champion to continuously improve Supplier Quality Assurance programs.

  • Support efforts of Corporate and Kitchen QA crisis management teams as required.

  • Perform other duties as required.

  • Working hours may include extended days and weekends as necessary.


  • 3+ years of experience working in a food manufacturing facility, in a production and/or quality assurance role ideally in petfood.

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in food science or related field, working knowledge of GFSI certification schemes (SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 etc.) and experience in internal auditing and / or as a 3 rd party auditor.

  • Travel (including cross-boarder/international) will be required a minimum of 50% of the time.

  • Proficient use of Microsoft Suite including good working knowledge of excel.

  • Preventative Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) Certified.

  • HACCP Certification with a thorough and practical knowledge of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points and food manufacturing operations in varied industries.

  • Must be highly organized and detail oriented.

  • Lead Auditor certification relevant to the Food Industry is considered an asset.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to audiences of varying size, seniority, and technical competency with the ability to provide concise and relevant feedback.

Keeping pets happy and healthy since 1985.

We are Champion Petfoods, a crew of pet enthusiasts looking to better the quality of food for our four-legged friends around the world. With over thirty years of growth in the pet food industry, our ORIJEN and ACANA brands have defined our vision of being The Global Leader in Advancing Premium Food for Pets. If this excites you as much as it does us, then we would love to hear from you!

Come as you are.

We value diversity in all forms and know the power it can bring. Workplace equality allows for creative ideas to bloom, diverse points of views to be heard, and increases overall happiness. That sounds pretty good to us.

Champion is an equal opportunity employer. Regardless of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, veteran status, or any other creed, you are wanted here.