Seeking a quality leader from another major Consumer
Package Goods (CPG) food or beverage company with plant floor operations
and experience managing an array of suppliers assessing ingredients, food
allergens etc. This role will be working closely with R&D &
Procurement for Packaging and Raw Ingredients. Up to 50% travel is
This position is an avenue into Corporate Quality or
to move into a Region Quality Manager role over co-packers.
This position is primarily responsible for managing the Quality Assurance
portion of raw material supply by partnering with R&D, procurement, and
the manufacturing facilities to ensure that ingredients and food contact
packaging meet or exceed quality standards and regulatory requirements. The
position will also have secondary responsibility for a limited number of
company co-manufacturing locations.
Develop and conduct risk based auditing for suppliers to assure compliance
to company and regulatory requirements. This includes the following:
Request and review supplier documentation (Supplier Questionnaires,
Allergen Statements, MSDS’s, specifications, Kosher and Organic documents, etc)
Perform and document hazard assessments on materials
Partner with R&D to develop material specifications
Partner with Procurement to establish COA’s and supplier expectations
Establish sampling and testing protocols for those ingredients that pose
food safety risk
Verify and improve if necessary, the suppliers food safety program for FSMA
compliance (both domestic and foreign suppliers) and document as such
Communicate results of audits to vendors and company Purchasing.
Ensure suppliers maintain a GFSI recognized certification scheme.
Manage, within the Co-packer Quality Program, the overall quality of
assigned co-packers, with emphasis placed on assessment of risk for each
Develop and maintain risk assessment of assigned co-packers. Risk
assessment may include on-site food safety and quality audits, KPI results,
business needs, etc.
Stay current with ongoing performance of each co-packer as well as changes
that may occur that would modify a co-packer’s risk to company.
Oversee the management and improvement of quality of finished products
produced at assigned co-packer locations.
Implement and ensure conformance to QA programs to prevent food quality or
food safety issues at manufacturing facilities (company owned and / or
contract manufacturing locations) and off site storage facilities.
Implement and or strengthen programs used to identify, track, and resolve
supplier nonconformance issues and clearly communicate expectations to such
Staying up to date on the latest regulatory guidelines surrounding
Work with the organic compliance manager to insure ingredient compliance to
organic and kosher requirements.
Troubleshoot problems associated with company production in assigned
facilities; ensure root cause / corrective actions are appropriate and are
Preferred Candidate Qualifications:
Education and Experience:
Degree: Minimum of BS in Science / Food Science / Technical Discipline
Prefer 8 years previous Quality Assurance experience in food/beverage
manufacturing environments with emphasis on ESL, Aseptic, and/or Dairy
Understanding of plant production systems, FSMA, SQF, GMP, HACCP,
sanitation, plant safety, quality systems, kosher and organic regulations.
Minimum level of responsibility as Quality Assurance Manager for a food
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Must be a leader, able to motivate others, able to recognize areas of need
across the company and tackle projects independently
Must possess superior spreadsheet, word processing and database computer
Must be able to travel up to 50%
Must have excellent communication / presentation skills
Excellent record keeping / documentation skills
FULL RELOCATION PACKAGE INCLUDED
- Previous Plant Floor Quality
& Food Safety Supervision: 5 years