Animal feed supervisor

Description

Animal feed supervisors supervise the manufacturing process of animal feeds. They control quality, take samples for labs, follow up on lab results and take measures according to the results.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to animal feed supervisor:

animal feed production processor
livestock feed supervisor
feed manufacturer
animal feed quality controller
fodder production supervisor

Minimum qualifications

High school diploma is generally required to work as animal feed supervisor. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Animal feed supervisor is a Skill level 3 occupation.

Animal feed supervisor career path

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These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to animal feed supervisor.

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of animal feed supervisor. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of animal feed supervisor with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

animal feed nutritionist
cider master
food production engineer
botanicals specialist
food production manager

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of animal feed supervisor.

Regulations for hygiene in feeding animals: The body of regulations that require feed business operators to comply with standards of hygiene and traceability and the registration and approval of their establishments.
Food legislation: Legislation related to the food and feed industry including food manufacturing, hygiene, safety, raw materials, additives, GMOs, labelling, environmental and trade regulations.
Temperature scales: Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales.
Prepared animal feeds contamination hazards: Contamination and spoilage hazards related to animal feeds. Prevention and reaction.
Quality assurance methodologies: Quality assurance principles, standard requirements, and the set of processes and activities used for measuring, controlling and ensuring the quality of products and processes.
Food and beverage industry: The respective industry and the processes involved in the food and beverage industry, such as raw material selection, processing, packaging, and storage.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of animal feed supervisor.

Ensure sanitation: Keep workspaces and equipment free from dirt, infection, and disease by removing waste, trash and providing for appropriate cleaning.
Monitor machine operations: Observe machine operations and evaluate product quality thereby ensuring conformity to standards.
Manage food manufacturing laboratory: Manage laboratory activities in the plant or factory and using the data to monitor the quality of manufactured products.
Mark differences in colours: Identify differences between colours, such as shades of colour.
Manage staff: Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.
Control minor maintenance: Follow up on the maintenance and repairs to be carried out. Solve minor problems and pass harder problems on to the person responsible for maintenance.
Manage the reception of raw materials for animal feeds: Ensuring procurement and reception of raw materials, planning and execution of production, as well as the loading and dispatching of feed.
Follow an environmental friendly policy while processing food: Assure an environmental-friendly policy when working with natural resources like meat, fruits and vegetables. This means handling resources in the most efficient and nature-friendly way while trying to minimalise pressure on the ecosystem.
Collect samples for analysis: Collect samples of materials or products for laboratory analysis.
Follow-up lab results: Analyse lab results and apply them by adapting the production process. Report, review and take appropriate measures if necessary.
Apply haccp: Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).
Check quality of products on the production line: Check products for quality on the production line and remove defective items before and after packaging.
Handle documentation for prepared animal feeds: Registering the required transport documents for prepared animal feeds. Registering medicated feeds.
Apply requirements concerning manufacturing of food and beverages: Apply and follow national, international, and internal requirements quoted in standards, regulations and other specifications related with manufacturing of food and beverages.
Apply gmp: Apply regulations regarding manufacture of food and food safety compliance. Employ food safety procedures based on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
Carry out checks of production plant equipment: Carry out checks of the machinery and equipment used in the production plant. Ensure that the machinery is working properly, set machines before usage, and assure continuous operability of the equipment.
Keep up with innovations in food manufacturing: Latest innovative products and technologies to process, preserve, package and improve food products.
Monitor temperature in manufacturing process of food and beverages: Monitor and control required temperatures in the different phases of production until the product reaches suitable properties according to specifications.
Mitigate waste of resources: Evaluate and identify opportunities to use resources more efficiently with continuously striving to reduce waste of utilities.
Consider economic criteria in decision making: Develop proposals and take appropriate decisions taking into account economic criteria.
Exert quality control to processing food: Ensure the quality of all factors involved in a food production process.
Examine production samples: Examine production samples visually or manually to verify properties such as clarity, cleanliness, consistency, humidity and texture.
Control production: Plan, coordinate, and direct all production activities to insure the goods are made on time, in correct order, of adequate quality and composition, starting from intake goods up to shipping.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of animal feed supervisor. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Financial capability: Financial operations such as calculations, cost estimations, budget management taking relevant commercial and statistical data into account such as data for materials, supplies and manpower.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of animal feed supervisor. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

Provide first aid: Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or first aid in order to provide help to a sick or injured person until they receive more complete medical treatment.
Maintain relationship with customers: Build a lasting and meaningful relationship with customers in order to ensure satisfaction and fidelity by providing accurate and friendly advice and support, by delivering quality products and services and by supplying after-sales information and service.
Act reliably: Proceed in a way that one can be relied on or depended on.
Keep inventory of goods in production: Keep inventory of goods whether they are goods in the front end (i.e. raw materials), intermediate, or back end (i.e. finished products). Count goods and store them for the following production and distribution activities.
Develop standard operating procedures in the food chain: Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in the food chain based on the production feedback. Understand current operating procedures and identify best techniques. Develop new procedures and update existing ones.
Show confidence: Demonstrate degrees of maturity by fully understanding one’s own qualities and abilities which can serve as sources of confidence in different situations.
Be at ease in unsafe environments: Be at ease in unsafe environments like being exposed to dust, rotating equipment, hot surfaces, sub-freezing and cold storage areas, noise, wet floors and moving lift equipment.
Ensure correct goods labelling: Ensure that goods are labeled with all necessary labeling information (e.g. legal, technological, hazardous and others) regarding the product. Ensure that labels respects the legal requirements and adhere to regulations.
Assist in the development of standard operating procedures in the food chain: Assist in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in the food chain by working with line operators. Understand current operating procedures and identify best techniques. Help document new procedures and update existing ones.
Write work-related reports: Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.
Hire new personnel: Hire new personnel for a company or organisation payroll via a prepared set of procedures. Make staffing decisions and direct selection co-workers.
Liaise with colleagues: Liaise with fellow colleagues to ensure common understanding on work related affairs and agree on the necessary compromises the parties might need to face. Negotiate compromises between parties as to ensure that work in general run efficiently towards the achievement of the objectives.
Follow hygienic procedures during food processing: Ensure a clean working space according to hygienic standards in the food processing industry.
Manage environmental management system: Develop and implement an environmental management system.
Have computer literacy: Utilise computers, IT equipment and modern day technology in an efficient way.
Control of expenses: Monitoring and maintaining effective cost controls, in regards to efficiencies, waste, overtime and staffing. Assessing excesses and strives for efficiency and productivity.
Perform services in a flexible manner: Adapt service approach when circumstances change.
Work in a food processing team: Collaborate in a team with other food processing professionals in service of the food and beverages industry.
Liaise with managers: Liaise with managers of other departments ensuring effective service and communication, i.e. sales, planning, purchasing, trading, distribution and technical.
Analyse work-related written reports: Read and comprehend job-related reports, analyse the content of reports and apply findings to daily work operations.

ISCO group and title

3122 – Manufacturing supervisors

 

 


 

 

References
  1. Animal feed supervisor – ESCO
Last updated on August 8, 2022

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