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Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety at Decas Cranberry Products, Inc.

Quality Assurance | Carver, MA, United States
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Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety 
Decas Cranberry Products, Inc.
Carver, MA

 

Company Overview

Decas Cranberry Products, Inc. is an 80-year-old, family-owned grower, processor, marketer and seller of cranberry products. Decas is one of the largest independent cranberry companies in the world, vertically integrated with over 450 acres of bogs. Decas products are sold domestically and in over 25 countries internationally. The company is privately owned with general offices, a processing facility and a receiving station all located in Carver, MA. The company’s consumer brand is Paradise Meadow with products sold domestically in over 20,000 locations. Decas Cranberry Products, Inc. offers a competitive compensation package including base salary, bonus, 401K, medical, dental, paid vacation, holidays, long-term disability and life insurance.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for effectively managing and implementing policies and programs as they relate to food safety, quality assurance and food defense. This person monitors and assesses manufacturing, purchasing and logistic operations from a food safety risk, and program compliance for the entire company. The Director serves as liaison between operations, purchasing, grower relations, sales, R&D, and product development to ensure all specifications are pertinent, current, accurate and followed. This position works closely with senior management to maintain impeccable quality and cleanliness standards on an audit-ready, every day basis. This position assures compliance with federal and state regulations including HACCP & FSMA program guidelines.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Ongoing development, implementation and management of all aspects of quality programs. Includes maintaining SOP’s and product specifications for all products.  Evaluation of current practices and implementation of quality assurance program changes.
  • Responsible for management of HACCP & FSMA regulations.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations and food safety and defense standards issued by the FDA and other federal, state and local agencies involved with food safety activities. Maintain up to date records for compliance with federal, state and HACCP regulations.
  • Responsible for ongoing employee training activities designed to keep employees knowledgeable and informed of SOPs, methods, and Good Manufacturing Procedures. Also ensures that standards for personal hygiene are met and implement corrective actions where needed.
  • Work with plant supervisors to assure compliance with SOPs and GMPs.
  • Approve all co-packing facilities for the manufacture of company products.
  • Work closely with sanitation department, PCO’s and other related resources to manage sanitation program and address deficiencies/problems.
  • Manage environmental, pesticide and micro testing programs including ongoing laboratory testing of analytical methods. Address deficiencies with appropriate personnel and implements corrective actions where necessary.
  • Oversee and manage customer quality inspections and the administration of quality surveys and requests.
  • Work closely with industry workgroups and other agencies to ensure the company’s ongoing participation in all aspects of the industry’s food safety programs.
  • Provide technical guidance on the purchase of materials and equipment related to food safety and sanitation issues. Oversee and manage programs to audit vendors.
  • Maintain corporate recall programs and policies so that product can be successfully withdrawn or recalled from market if necessary. Review and keep current.
  • Oversee training of plant operations related to food safety, sanitation and QC procedures and programs and ensure they are being implemented and followed.
  • Staff and supervise our seasonal labs in our fresh fruit operation and receiving station. Ensures that all GMP and sanitation procedures are followed in these general areas not only in season but out of season as well.

Qualifications and Skills

  • A Bachelors’ Degree in food science or related field      
  • Minimum of ten years of supervisory food quality control and quality assurance experience in manufacturing
  • Extensive experience with HACCP programs
  • Experience in developing and implementing quality assurance programs
  • Effective communicator with the ability to develop and manage diverse teams
  • Demonstrated communication, organization, problem solving and analytical skills
  • An understanding of the QA role in the overall impact of the business
  • Evidence of regulatory and food safety and defense knowledge and experience
  • Ability to supervise and manage a department of seven to eight people
  • The ability to solve problems as a team in critical in this position
  • Product development experience preferred

Disclaimers:

Applicants, as well as position incumbents, who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.

Decas Cranberry Products, Inc. is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity. Applicants for employment and employees are reviewed on their individual qualifications for a position. Under no circumstances will Decas Cranberry Products, Inc. discriminate against qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religious creed, retaliation, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, mental illness, genetics, choice of health insurance, marital status, age, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

 

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