Quality Assurance Specialist


Alexandria, IN



At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance


The Quality Assurance (QA) specialist, along with the Quality team, is responsible for the execution and maintenance of systems supporting quality and operational initiatives. This includes document management and review, quality metrics, training, and internal assessments. The QA Specialist will be responsible for direct support of site quality units as required by our programs and/or of the corporate quality team.



  • Serve as a champion and resource for quality assurance needs as defined by location and program.
  • Lead local document control efforts as required by quality programs. This includes document issuance, release, and review as required.
  • Manage and troubleshoot situations relating to quality systems, training, and documentation.
  • Drive efficiency improvements around quality systems, tools, and requirements.
  • Support strategic execution of tools and systems to maintain documentation and records compliance requirements (21 CFR part 11, etc.).
  • Prioritize your schedule in order to engage in cross-functional activities to support the business.
  • Interface with the corporate quality team on system optimization, access, and continuous improvement.
  • Support and train POET team members on Quality policies and expectations.
  • Ensure accountability to good documentation practices within POET.
  • Facilitate communication between departments within POET and POET Bioprocessing locations to maintain an effective teamwork environment.
  • Stay acquainted with quality-facing programs, processes, and environments within POET and potential 3rd party partners.
  • Support local Quality Metrics to facilitate quality-driven continuous improvement.
  • Support Deviation/CAPA resolution as needed.
  • Support and coordinate bioprocessing Quality Unit onboarding and training as required.
  • Develop and provide technical presentations to relating to Quality initiatives.
  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and regulatory compliance at all times.
  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!


  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biology or related science is required.
  • 2 or more years of people, project, or program management experience is required.
  • 2 years’ experience with Quality programs, certification structures, system and program deployments, and FDA regulated environments.
  • Experience in an operating plant environment such as grain processing, food processing, or chemical processing is preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to embrace change.
  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
  • In this role, you’ll be asked to drive a POET vehicle. A motor vehicle record check will be conducted during the preemployment process and yearly thereafter.
  • The work environment at POET is dynamic. You should expect a balance between time spent in the office and at the bioprocessing facility, which may include some physical labor helping your team members.

POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.