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Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety
Hans Kissle Company - Haverhill, MA



Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety

Exceptional opportunity in Quality Assurance/Food Safety leadership with a leading SQF Certified food manufacturer operating in a USDA approved facility. We are a full line food processor specializing in fresh salads, cooked deli meats and prepared foods. Our products are sold to retail stores, service delis, club stores and food service operators. We are seeking a plant level Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety in Haverhill, MA.

  • Lead the team, managing all quality systems and food safety programs at the plant level.
  • Manage the day to day activities of QA/QC associates, ensuring that quality standards and food safety controls are maintained at mandated levels to achieve compliance.
  • Guide QA/QC technicians in the procedures and methods used to inspect, monitor and audit processes and products.
  • Ensure the effective execution of all quality and food safety programs on first and second shift, with personnel oversight of the second shift operations as necessary.
  • Monitor third shift sanitation operations to ensure compliance with SOP guidelines, including periodic oversight.
  • Oversee the compliant labeling and nutritional data program.
  • Maintain and utilize data in a predictive and proactive manner, identifying and reporting trends that impact Quality/Food safety.
  • Communicate with members of management on a regular basis to report quality data and receive feedback to provide the best quality product possible.
  • Assist in ensuring plant production meets or exceeds USDA, HACPP, GFSI (BRC), GMP, Food Defense, Allergen requirements.
  • Compile and interpret Micro and bacteria test data and other inspection and audit procedures to ensure compliance with all food safety regulatory requirements.
  • Handle USDA/FSIS communications, internal and customer required audits, root cause analysis, HACCP conformance and all other regulatory area.
  • .Lead or participate in programs related to the global food safety initiatives, SQF certification as assigned.
  • Be a subject matter expert and problem solver: acting as a liaison in Quality/Food Safety communications with internal departments including R&D, sales and engineering, as well as production management, production personnel, maintenance, sanitation and others.
  • Enforce al Food Safety controls, managing all hold actions, managing adverse events and other necessary processes to ensure the quality, safety and legality of products and ensure compliance with USDA/FSIS requirements.
  • Ensure effective development and communications with all QA/QC team members, through coaching and training in procedures, protocol and policy and other communications to enhance Quality/FS systems and programs in the plant.

Qualifications :

  • BS/MS in food science, animal science, food process technologies, microbiology or related area.
  • 10 years experience in Quality Assurance/Food Safety in a USDA plant.
  • In depth knowledge of USDA/FSIS regulations, HACCP, SSOP and GMP requirements.
  • 5+ years managing a group of 10+ QA/QC team members.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the accreditation requirements and the renewal process.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work effectively in a stressful, deadline driven environment.
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish a plus.
  • Experience with Global Food Safety and Quality programs.
  • Experience using Food Safety Labeling software and nutritional labeling programs.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

  • Quality Assurance, Food Safety: 10 years


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