Quality Assurance & Food Safety Manager will be part
of the operations team at Olam West Coast based
at the Williams, CA Facility. The position will be responsible and
accountable for operational Quality Assurance programs & execution of
the same, provide the day to day support to the operations team for
measurement & management of product quality and ensuring food safety
across the product portfolio manufactured at the Williams plant. The role
requires experience in operational Quality Assurance management in
Industrial tomato processing & canning retail tomato ingredients
& products. Expertise required in quality systems such as BRC/SQF,
HACCP, technical expertise in the area of physical, Chemical &
Microbiological analysis. Lead a team of supervisors and technicians to
operate the laboratories through the year and provide data and troubleshooting
support to the operations team. The QA and Food Safety manager will also
ensure all programs & procedures meet the regulatory & customer
- Ensure full compliance of all products from the
Williams plant with all government food safety regulations, and
maintain highest level of food safety.
- Ensure that facilities are in compliance with all
GMP, HACCP, and GFSI (BRC) guidelines.
- Interact effectively with FDA and other regulatory
personnel, food safety auditors, and customers to maintain
positive & responsive relationships and assure rapid
corrective actions through dynamic leadership and timely
- Develop, schedule, and direct GMP, Food Safety, and
Quality Management System audits and monitor corrective actions to
deficient findings for completion and effectiveness, providing gap
closure assistance to the manufacturing facilities.
- Responsible and accountable for disposition of
product based on Quality Inspection results and data management of
the same on SAP system.
Williamís HACCP and Food Safety team for product
designs, manufacturing processes, Food Safety plans, environmental
monitoring and pest control programs, finished product
microbiological testing programs, allergen program, and sanitation
- Validate and assure compliance with established food
safety and quality objectives through daily monitoring programs,
team supervision, and on-going verification of internal and
external laboratory or industry benchmarking.
- Understanding of thermal processing schedules,
thermal processing lethality calculations to enable validation
with in-house & external process authority to ensure that all
canned products meet or exceed the microbiological product safety
- Establish new and improved quality/safety programs,
policies and procedures to ensure that established standards of
quality are consistently achieved, measured, documented and
maintained. Provide food safety risk assessment information, new
technology information, and risk management strategies.
- Engage with large multinational
corporation who are Olamís key
customers with respective QA team to understand and apply quality
systems & programs in compliance to customer requirements.
- Conduct training programs for the Quality teams with
emphasis on continuous improvement through identification and
analysis of customer complaints and requirements.
- Support the Central QA and Food Safety team in
undertaking Root Cause & Corrective actions from customer
complaints and implement the corrective actions with the plant
- Host and successfully complete QA audits from
customers and BRC audit team during the tomato processing season.
Supplier Quality Audits and ensure ingredients and packaging material
suppliers are compliant as per the requirement of the BRC system
and Olam QA systems.
for maintaining the Organic, Kosher, Halal certifications for
products manufactured by the Williams plant is as per the
requirement of the customers & central QA team.
data, resources & participate in continuous improvement
initiatives as applicable.
Knowledge, Skills and
- Bachelorís Degree or higher in
Food Science /Microbiology or
- Minimum 10 years leadership experience in
multiple types of food processing, preferably in processing tomato
- Extensive technical knowledge and
experience in Food chemistry& Microbiology, Food safety,
preferably in the processing tomato or vegetable processing industry.
- Ability to understand plant
operations which include raw tomato handling, Hot & Cold Breaks,
Evaporation, thermal processing & aseptic packaging, tomato
canning & value added retail product manufacturing &
- Ability to lead and develop a team of
supervisors in both technical capability and effective
- Strong interpersonal communication
skills with a demonstrated ability to effectively work with all
managerial levels, customers,
regulatory, and industry organizations.
- Strong analytical problem solving
skills with and ability to understand the key requirements in the
Quality Systems, development of continuous improvement programs.
- Strong communication skills and
ability to build and conduct training programs to the QA &
- Team building/team leadership
- Knowledge of GFSI & BRC
auditing schemes and requirements.
- HACCP certified and experienced.
- Formal audit training or
equivalent certification or experience.
- Working knowledge of SAP enterprise platform.
Olam provides equality
of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without
discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin,
sex, pregnancy, age, disability, or sexual orientation.