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Quality Control Technician

Ref No: SD/QCT/07/23

Location: Donegal
Closing Date: 8th August 2023

We now invite applications for a highly motivated Quality Control Technician at our Ballindrait mill.

The Role:

To maintain and implement procedures so that feed technical and quality standards are compliant with required codes of practice.

  • Day-to-day running of the QC function to ensure compliance with feed quality and safety standards;
  • Daily tasks include NIR analysis of raw materials and finished feed; product durability testing; completing quality checks; ensuring production records have been correctly completed; analysing and reporting of laboratory test results; training other staff in quality procedures;
  • Conduct audits and process reviews in line with established schedules and procedures;
  • Manage and develop the existing HACCP system in line with legislative requirements;
  • Investigate customer complaints and ensure corrective actions are put in place;
  • Prepare for and facilitate independent site audits including UFAS, Tesco and Bord Bia.

The Person:

  • Possess/working towards a third level degree in Food Technology, Food Science, Quality Management, Agriculture, or a similar relevant discipline;
  • A motivated, methodical, reliable person who can demonstrate good attention to detail, work on your own initiative and be able to communicate clearly with others;
  • You will have an excellent standard of IT literacy;
  • Ideally you will have previous experience working within a busy production environment in a QC role or a similar, related discipline;
  • Ideally you will have previous experience of auditing and corrective action reporting;
  • Ideally you will have knowledge of HACCP, quality management systems and codes of practice such as UFAS. 

To apply please forward a current CV and cover letter to the HR Manager, Smyths Daleside Limited, Ballindrait, Lifford, Co Donegal, F93 K447 or email

Closing date for receipt of CV’s is 5.00pm on Tuesday 8th August 2023.


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About Us

Smyths Daleside, one of the most modern mills in Ireland, manufacture high quality animal feeds for ruminant and monogastric animals (Beef, Dairy, Calf, Sheep, Horse, Pig and Poultry). All products are specially designed by some of the top nutritionists in the country and provide essential vitamins.

Smyths Daleside is one of the biggest manufacturing firms in the area and provide employment for 58 people at present with sales from Donegal to Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Monaghan and Cavan, and cover all counties in Northern Ireland.


Our culture is based on setting best in class standards, working towards and delivering on committed objectives, striving for constant improvement and involving everyone in the process. We endeavour to develop our people and harness everyone’s potential to deliver a winning team.

Equal Opportunities

Smyths Daleside Feeds is an Equal Opportunities employer and is committed to a safe, inclusive and relationship based working environment.


In return we offer a high degree of responsibility, great opportunities for learning, personal growth and development with advancement within a fast-moving agricultural sector. Health benefits and cover to be discussed with Human Resources.

Our Purpose

To advance the interests of farmers and the agricultural industry through the development of growth orientated agri-food businesses and the promotion of best agricultural practice.

Our Values

Trust: Trusting each other and earning the trust of others

Respect: Treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves

Teamwork: Together we are more effective

Excellence: We aim to exceed expectations and always strive to be better