AMES International is a manufacturer of gourmet nuts,
teas, and confections dedicated to producing high quality product while
retaining our individual attention and care. Over the last several years,
AMES has expanded to become one of the largest nut roasters and chocolate
manufacturers on the West Coast. In 2009 AMES opened its first
International subsidiary in Kerala, India in an effort to position itself
in the expanding global market. With operations, customers and suppliers
throughout the world, AMES is a dynamic fast growing organization with a
host of exciting opportunities. AMES prides its self on its commitment to
integrity, relationships, creating value added products, and our attention
to high quality standards.
The Quality Control Specialist is an integral part in ensuring the company
produces the highest quality products as well as staying in compliance with
food safety and regulatory requirements. Our goal is to continuously
improve our processes and execution in producing and supplying the best
product possible to our customers.
- Lead in the development,
implementation, continuous improvement, and continuing education in
the areas of Food Safety & Quality, Regulatory Compliance, through
self-audit activities to ensure that the company’s objective for food
safety, regulatory mandates, compliance, meets or exceed standards for
the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System a recognized Global Food
Safety Initiative Standard.
- Maintains facility
certifications and regulatory licenses. Provides documentation to
auditors applies for renewals and leads certification audits.
- Maintains plant documents
required for facility certifications.
- Act as plant liaison with FDA
and department of Agriculture.
- Work to develop and continuously
update and improve Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
- Develop, implement and
maintain a statistical control programs (SPC).
- Implement, lead and maintain,
calendar for production employee training on all related food safety
- Monitors raw product
conditions by inspecting, analyzing and approving or rejecting
incoming ingredients and supplies
- Notify and stop shipping as
need to prevent product with potential food safety or Regulatory
issues from being shipped.
- Assists in holds and releases
of raw materials, in-process and finished product.
- Ensures that regular reports
of product status, including raw material, and finished product, holds
and corrective actions, are completed. Initiates and leads
investigation of hold issues.
- Manages the sanitation
program of all food production/handling areas and equipment to ensure
AMES food safety standards are in compliance.
- Oversees the Pest Control
program in the facility through coordination with the contracted pest
control service representatives.
- Works with Production and
Operations team to develop, implement and manage programs related to
product and process quality, food safety and regulatory compliance.
- Conducts audits of programs
- Identifies opportunities,
provides solutions for improvements and collaborates with managers to
address and correct any issues discovered.
- Develop, implement and
maintain a weight control program of all processing lines in the
facility, as well as other loss-control programs.
- Helps develop and maintain a
- Coordinates QA efforts with
R&D and plant involving new product launches, trials, and
- Maintains and executes
calibration calendar for equipment.
- Coordinates all research and
development testing on associated projects.
- Maintain Kosher Certification
program with Orthodox Union.
- Investigate all customer
- Minimum of BS in Science /
Food Science / Technical Discipline
- 3-5 years
experience in working in a regulated food-manufacturing
environment with familiarity of Good Manufacturing Practices.
- Experience in scientific
method and report writing
- Understanding of plant
production systems, FSMA, SQF, GMP, HACCP, sanitation, plant safety,
quality systems, kosher and organic regulations
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Familiarity with American
Institute of Baking (AIB), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) standards, SQF, and
well versed in FDA, CFR, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
- Attention to detail
- Analytical skills
- Ability to perform
mathematical and statistical analysis
- Ability to read, write and
understand polices, guidelines, specifications and safety standards
- Capable of working in a
fast-paced, fluid environment
- In rare cases be willing to
work variable work shifts when needed
- Employee must have no known
food-related allergies to the following products: Milk, Eggs, Peanuts,
Tree Nuts, Wheat and Soy Products.
This job operates both in a professional office
environment and manufacturing facility. Future opportunities include annual
visit to our India facility for oversight and team building. This role
routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones,
photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
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 talk or hear. The employee
frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel;
and reach with hands and arms.
Job Type: Full-time
- Food Saftey:
- Quality Assurance: 1 year
- Quality Control: 1 year