Assurance, Quality Control | Portland, ME, United States
AdvancePierre Foods, a leader in the food industry,
is a rapidly growing company that values a talented, diverse and dedicated
workforce. We have an opening for a QUALITY MANAGER. Our rapid growth allows us
to provide a wide array of developmental opportunities, and we reward
associates who are results-oriented, live up to their commitments, and who
can align their work activities with the goals of the organization.
BENEFITS! (Medical, Dental, 401K Match) COMPETITIVE SALARY!
is responsible for the food safety, quality, and regulatory compliance of
the manufacturing location and for driving a culture of continuous
improvement in all areas of responsibility.
- Quality Management
- Serve as the final authority
for onsite food safety, quality, and regulatory compliance decisions.
- Administer the site
prerequisite programs and SQF program. Serve as a SQF practitioner
for the facility.
- Understand, drive, and
deliver quality related KPI results in areas such as defects, holds,
- Effectively empower a staff
of food industry professionals to obtain company and facility
- Ensure existing programs and
procedures are verified and validated and represent optimal
allocation of company resources.
- Manage multiple complex
projects simultaneously related to the needs of the business.
- Serve, along with plant
manager, as a primary representative of APF to visitors, auditors,
customers, and community.
- Innovate and inspire a
culture of creativity to continuously improve facility systems and
- Liaise with local and
regional AMS, FSIS, and other government agency representatives
through the normal course of business and in the resolution of
- Coordinate competing
priorities and challenging deadlines; leverage cross-functional
resources to achieve results.
- Develop and maintain plant
procedures critical to quality and food safety.
- Evaluate and approve
specifications for new products, ingredients, and processes.
- Champion the needs of the
facility and the site quality organization by lobbying for
mission-critical resources with data-based justifications.
- Maintain relationships with
internal and external customers through compliance with contractual
agreements, information exchange, and project collaboration.
- Communicate directly with
customers in written and oral capacities, serving as an instrument of
APF in ongoing relationship management.
- Facilitate third party and
- Investigate complaints and
develop internal mitigation techniques to prevent recurrence.
Track, trend, and communicate to stakeholders.
- Maintain a portfolio of
active contacts from key industry partners.
- Communicate effectively and
frequently with leadership in other functional areas of the
facility. Prioritize departmental functions to enable
successful plant operations.
- Mentor and motivate team
members. Build and execute development plans for team members
at subordinate levels of the organization to prepare them for roles
of increased responsibility.
- Maintain an approved
succession plan for yourself and your direct reports.
- Use responsible delegation
methods to balance workloads in the department and to ensure all team
members are engaged in tactical and strategic initiatives according
to their positions.
- Evolve the site quality
organizational structure to suit the needs of the business.
- Define job responsibilities
within the department and institutionalize quality-related
responsibilities outside the quality department through SOPs,
standard work instructions, and by coordinating with other functional
- Actively manage the acquisition
and organization of talent in the quality department.
Technical Expertise and
- Use tools and techniques of
statistical process control to improve production efficiency, reduce
defects, and stimulate cost savings.
- Actively participate in
cross-functional projects related to quality and compliance of new
and existing products.
- Assist in scoping
improvement projects. Hold project leaders accountable for detailed
investigations, well-designed experiments, sound scientific
techniques and data-based decision making.
- Work cross-functionally with
New Product Development, Engineering, Operations, Maintenance,
Scheduling, and Purchasing to ensure initiatives are supported by the
equipment, materials and processes necessary to drive sustainable
- Utilize Lean Manufacturing
tools to map and analyze processes and to identify ways to reduce
waste, improve work flow, and otherwise increase efficiency.
- Understand the impact that
proposed changes have on nutritional analysis, product sensory
analysis, regulatory compliance, and specification adherence and
approve exceptions and changes accordingly.
Department and Company
Strategies, Objectives and Systems
- Maintain current technical
expertise in meat science, food safety, quality assurance, regulatory
compliance, and continuous improvement methodologies through
scientific journals, professional organizations, food shows and
- Understand the product
channels and markets relevant to the business.
- Recommend and champion new
technologies and best practices which will support key objectives.
- Maintain fluency in current
Child Nutrition, Commodity Processing (FPCP), and other relevant
- Understand how regulated
characteristics (such as standards of identity, net weights, and
allowable variances) interact with specifications, labels, and
policies. Safeguard facility and product compliance.
- Serve as an expert resource
in focused-improvement projects.
- Function as tactical and
strategic technical advisor to facility manager.
- Develop clear, measurable
objectives related to company and facility goals and benchmark their
- Set and communicate food
safety and quality strategies at the facility and drive their
continuous refinement and progression.
- Ensure that company policies
are fully implemented and supported by plant procedures and
- Accept additional
responsibilities as needed in the support of company goals.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Technical knowledge and good
- Demonstrated sound
situational judgment and the ability to manage risk.
- Mature, enthusiastic, leader
with a history of successful team building.
- Superlative written and oral
- Excellent computer skills –
advanced user of databases, spreadsheets, and propriety suites.
- Good organization skills with
the ability to plan projects/activities with a high energy level.
- Creative problem solving
skills, sound judgment, and an orientation towards innovation.
- Ability to establish
credibility with others, as well as be decisive.
- Ability to recognize and
support the organizations preferences and priorities.
- Baccalaureate degree in a
rigorous technical field required.
- Graduate degree in a rigorous
technical field preferred.
- Examples of pertinent
rigorous technical fields include food science, microbiology,
quantitative business, law, chemistry, engineering, and statistics.
- An aggregate educational
history sufficient to provide the required knowledge, skills, and
- HACCP, SQF certifications
- USDA meat processing
- LEAN, Six Sigma, ASQ
- Ten years of progressive
leadership in food safety and food quality.
- Equivalent combinations of
experience and training that provide the required knowledge, skills,
you are interested in this great opportunity with a competitive salary,
please apply now!