About Vermont Smoke & Cure At Vermont Smoke & Cure,
we’ve been consciously crafting delicious smoked meats and meat snacks
since 1962. We use humanely raised meats, whenever possible, and simple,
local ingredients like Vermont maple syrup and apple cider, combined with
the highest quality spices and herbs like tamarind and quarter crack
Our team of employee-owners makes everything in our smokehouse right here
in the hills of Vermont. We pride ourselves on being a good neighbor and
valuable partner to our local farmers. This is simply the way we do
business – and the beauty is, it all combines to create the finest flavor
in every bite.
The QA/R&D engineer position is a steward of
VS&C's Food Safety and Quality systems (modeled in accordance with SQF
Level 3 Code), and a leader of the research and development projects for
new products and improved processes. The role is dedicated to supporting
the success of our manufacturing teams in consistently meeting and
improving our standards for processing and product quality.
Essential Functions :
- Leads Research &
Development projects and Commissioning, Qualification and Verification
activities for new products and processes.
- Leads the maintenance of raw,
finished goods and process specifications and supporting
- Trains and supports production
team members on understanding and compliance with company policies and
procedures in leadership of VS&C’s Food Safety and Quality
- Manages supplier approval and
maintains supplier quality information, including raw material
specifications and testing, standards compliance, and records of
material conformance such as COAs, ingredients declaration, etc.
- Develops and maintains
policies, procedures, work instructions and records associated with
the Food Safety and Quality systems, including HACCP/Food Safety and
Food Quality Plans, Pre-Requisite Programs, and supporting
documentation. Supports the verification and validation of CCPs and
- Works with USDA inspectors,
SQF auditors, certification agencies, customers, or other designated
parties reviewing the Company’s compliance to standards.
- Contributes as a member in
the Company’s Quality, HACCP, Safety, Food Defense and Business
- Leads Corrective and
Preventative Action problem solving and resolution events for Customer
Complaints and other non-compliance issues. Maintains the
documentation and reporting for CAPA, Complaint and other Key Performance
Indicators for the Quality and Production functions.
- Responsible for the
analytical sampling and testing of ingredients, process and finished
products, as well as the maintenance of shelf life and retained
- Be proactive in identifying and
resolving unfavorable trends in critical areas through data analysis;
contribute to the culture of continuous improvement.
- This position requires a
highly observant, detail oriented individual capable of designing
experiments, solving problems, preparing and leading improvement
plans, implementing sampling protocols, developing operational
procedures, performing audits and application of fundamental
statistical methods for process controls.
- Minimum of 8 years of higher
education and/or work experience in related quality functions.
- Training and experience with
quality concepts and processes, including HACCP, TQM, Lean, Six Sigma,
QFD, cost of quality, etc., and the application of quality tools such
as Root Cause Analysis, FMEA, Flowcharts, Control and Pareto Charts,
- Experience with project
management, including creation of charters, timelines, and
team/resource coordination, especially relevant for new product
- Training and experience with
basic inspection and testing techniques, including various types of
sampling plans, risk assessment, statistical techniques, measurement
and test equipment and how to assess tool accuracy and tolerances.
- Experience in the food
manufacturing industry, with practical knowledge of regulatory, HACCP,
GFSI and other applicable standards.
- Functional/Technical Skills –
Proficient in food science/chemistry related to recipe and process
development, ideally with meat. Proven experience with quality and
R&D tools, observation and problem solving, with application of
statistical and functional analysis, process improvement and
- Integrity and Trust – Given
the critical role this position plays, the reliability of character is
paramount. Builds effective partnerships and relationships with team
members at all levels. Takes an inclusive approach to all quality
- Communication – Proactively
communicates with team members, effective communicator; friendly and
- Problem Solving – Uses
rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective
and practical solutions. Involves team members in problem solving/root
cause corrective action.
- Process & Project
Management – effectively organizes people and activities, sees
opportunities for synergy and integration, and how to simplify complex
processes. Anticipates potential equipment issues and takes proactive
steps to initiate processes and improvement methods to ensure
efficient operation and reduce down time.
- Proficiency in Microsoft
Office applications – Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
Supervisory Responsibility :
This position works in an environment in which safety, environmental and
health concerns demand constant attention.
Work Environment :
This position currently has no direct reports. There is the opportunity for
this position to grow to a departmental manager role.
Physical Demands :
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must
be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of
this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
regularly required to read, count and write to accurately complete all
documentation. Must be able to operate and use all necessary equipment.
Must be able to climb ladders, lift items that can weigh up to 50 pounds,
stand on concrete floors and work in 38F rooms for some periods.
Expected Hours of Work: This is a full time position,
scheduled to complement the manufacturing shifts. Standard
hours of work are 7:00am to 4pm, but requires flexibility for
evenings and weekends, with the possibility of at least a half-weekend day
every other weekend.
Bachelor’s Degree is minimum, ideally with a food science/chemistry focus.
Vermont Smoke and Cure is an Equal Opportunity
Job Type: Full-time
- Quality Assurance and R&D
experience: 1 year