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Quality Specialist-Private Brands - Downers Grove, IL



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Date: Jan 19, 2016

Location: Downers Grove, IL, US

Company: ConAgra Foods

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Position Summary:  Under supervision, implements programs within the Contract Manufacturing functional area of Private Brands. Supports the Platform Quality Manager in the implementation of relevant QA processes and procedures at comanufacturing locations. 


Position Responsibilities:

  • Gathers and analyzes data to understand trends and issues to make recommendations related to product safety and quality in areas of assigned responsibility.
  • Executes activities related to reviewing, monitoring and assessing the integrity of a contract manufacturer’s adherence to our quality standards.
  • Participates on  cross functional teams to assure effective implementation of QA initiatives, adherence to policies and procedures related to food safety and quality.
  • Supports a culture of continuous process improvement at our contract manufacturers.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with management at Contract Manufacturing facilities in order to influence continuous improvement efforts.
  • Assists in designing department processes and procedures.
  • Performs assigned tasks/duties associated with department processes and procedures.
  • Advises others in the organization on matters of a technical nature.
  • Monitors metrics to evaluate and report on  effectiveness/progress food safety and quality programs.
  • Provides data and technical support in managing situations and issues related to quality and/or food safety.
  • Interfaces with and provides technical guidance to appropriate functions and employees to assure regulatory compliance, food safety and quality.
  • Assesses effectiveness and assures continuous improvement in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • May be assigned projects to support internal Private Brands quality initiatives where deemed appropriate.


Position Qualifications:

  • B.S. in Food, Biological or Chemical Science or related field required.
  • Minimum 3 years of food industry experience in QA, Operations or equivalent function required.
  • Understanding of food safety, food manufacturing processes, technologies or other relevant area of responsibility.
  • Experience in using continuous improvement tools and fundamentals.
  • Relevant experience with government regulatory requirements in food processing.
  • Good report writing, interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of personal integrity.
  • Ability to travel 50% of the time. Must be able to travel independently and as a responsible ConAgra Foods representative.


Additional Experience/Skills:

Applicant must have the ability to effectively perform all of the following physical demands without assistance:

  • Office
    • Sitting for up to 8 hours a day
  • Plant
    • Walking/Standing on various plant surfaces for up to 8 hours a day
    • Climbing to various heights via stairs or ladders on a regular basis
    • Pushing/pulling various plant materials and/or equipment
    • Inspect cramped/confined spaces
    • Exposure to manufacturing environments for up to 8 hours per work day to include:  loud noise, excessive heat, cold, wet, slippery conditions, dirt, fumes, smoke, smells and allergens
    • No dietary restrictions which prevent tasting and evaluating ConAgra Foods products
    • Frequent bending and/or crawling; must be able to move safely and freely around machinery
    • Driving a company or rental vehicle for up to 8 hours as needed


Req ID: 50602






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ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

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