SCOPE OF POSITION:
This position is responsible for recommending, developing and implementing a Plant Quality System to ensure process and product quality consistent with corporate objectives. This position directs the daily operations of the Quality Assurance function through quality leadership to uphold company policies, formulas, specifications and regulatory requirements, as well as ensures that all finished product meets product quality and food safety standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following; other duties may be assigned. Develop and maintain Plant Quality System in compliance with Corporate Quality Policy. Function as the plant s SQF Practitioner, developing, implementing, validating and maintaining the plant s SQF 2000 System, including associated Pre-requisite Programs, Food Safety Plan and Food Quality Plan. Lead the food safety, sanitation, technical services and laboratory functions on all shifts. Maintain a safe working environment. Ensure compliance to state, federal, and local regulations. Assure efficient and accurate testing, reporting, and monitoring of product safety and product quality. Develop and facilitate internal audits to determine/assess compliance to company policy and regulatory requirements. Maintain systems for checking, validating and verifying process compliance, including but not limited to SPC, HACCP Food Safety Plan, Food Quality Plan, and Formula Control to provide production departments with tools necessary for daily operations. Lead development and implementation of plant GMP, Hygiene and Sanitation programs. Ensure effective food safety and food quality training for plant team members and QA staff. Advise the plant management team on food safety and food quality trends within the process and recommend appropriate corrective action. Prepare the annual operating budget for the Quality Assurance department. Facilitate the development of analytical methods and sampling procedures, as required. Advise the plant management on matters of food safety, food quality, process instruction, formulas, specifications and protocol requirements, as may be required to promote high product quality standard. Develop and facilitate internal audits to determine satisfactory performance of packaging components and the practice of sound warehousing procedures as they affect product quality. Manage plant pest control programs, as appropriate. Complete special projects, duties and assignments, as appropriate.
This position provides direct or indirect supervision, and is the principle contact for Quality Assurance inquiries and concerns.
Ability to react to situations with a strong sense of urgency. Ability to effectively interface with all levels of the organization Ability to use innovative approaches to resolve complex problems.
Minimum of 5 to 10 years of experience managing plant quality assurance programs, or a combination of supervising or managing plant level food safety and food quality assurance programs and working with corporate quality assurance programs, required. Experience working in a manufacturing environment to identify continuous improvement opportunities. Team building skills and experience. Operations management experience, preferred. Experience managing plant sanitation programs, preferred.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work in a matrix organization. Strong analytical skills using tools such as statistics, downtime tracking, mechanical history, project planning, etc. to identify opportunity areas. Creative/analytical problem solving skills. Solid systems understanding and ability to identify improvement opportunities. Hands on leadership style. Dedication to achievement of results. Strong computer skills, including a proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint, Project Manager, Excel and Word. Excellent project management and prioritization skills.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION:
Bachelor of Science, required. Bachelor of Science in Food Science or a related discipline such as chemistry, biology or microbiology, preferred. SQF Practitioner Certification HACCP Certification
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