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Food Safety & Quality Assurance. 
PFO - 
Woodinville, WA

 

 

 

****LOCAL CANDIDATES FROM SEATTLE, EASTSIDE & FROM SURROUNDING PUGET SOUND AREA WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS POSITION.
*** NO RELOCATION OFFERED AT THIS TIME.
We are one of the major suppliers of Organic and Gluten Free food and bakery ingredients located in Puget Sound area. Established in 1973, family owned and operated, our US operations has been in business since 2003. We are an industry leader in providing high quality, certified organic, gluten free food ingredients to major customers in the USA and with expansion plans into Canada. We have strategically located food distribution facilities in the east and west coast and in the mid-west where we warehouse our products for our contracted customers. We are looking for a motivated individual, smart, hardworking, person who takes initiatives and make things happen, willing to learn different areas of our business, make an impact and spearhead the growth of our company. Someone who can provide value to our organization and call it a career in the organization. We are constantly growing in this rapidly changing healthy food industry so we are looking for an individual who can grow within our organization. We believe in organic growth, so we want to our employees to grow personally and professionally.

This person will be responsible for quality assurance and Food safety of our products, our processing facility, our quality process, approving all our suppliers, work closely with supply chain buyer for the approval of our suppliers, sales team, and other team members in the organization. This person will work closely with our customers and our local and international suppliers to qualify them on a regular basis, to keep all their certificates and documents current in our system.

We currently have an exciting opportunity available for a Food Safety and QA Department. As a Food Safety and Quality Assurance person you are responsible for overseeing and administering the Quality Assurance program at organization. As a QA person he/she shall provide knowledge, oversight, implement programs and guidance to the leadership team to help the company to create HACCP, Food Safety, plans and programs and achieve SQF level 2 standards and certification for the company. He/she will ensure Company programs, policies and practices adhere to all GMP, HACCP, SQF, GFSI, USNOP codes and standards, result in safe quality food ingredients that meet regulatory agencies, company and customer specification and requirements. This person is required at the facility on the job from Monday-Friday, occasional weekends and/or evenings and travel infrequently to meet suppliers if needed.
Summary of Key Responsibilities :

  • Involved in quality and R&D of Food ingredients cleaning/blending/Toasting manufacturing and distribution supply chain process.
  • Analyzes distributor and food supplier quality management systems as it relates to handling and movement of high risk food products and ingredients throughout the logistics chain.
  • Shall create, maintain and implement HACCP Plan, Food Safety plan and Standards, Sanitation plan Standards, GMP, Organic plan and Standards, FDA standards, Kosher, Allergen plan and standards, Traceability program, policies and procedures for the company.
  • Work toward achieving HACCP, Food Safety and BRC standards and certification for the company.
  • Communicates effectively to provide internal customers with appropriate awareness and knowledge of quality assurance standards, requirement, program updates and process changes.
  • Maintain pest control logs.
  • Work closely with production crew on a daily basis to maintain HACCP, Food Safety, GMP, Sanitation standards are followed in the process.
  • Work with third party labs for Microbiological Testing of pre-shipment lot samples and the for all incoming and outgoing products.
  • Develop ingredient statement and possibly Nutritional labeling.
  • Work on new product development.
  • Create, implement and maintain Supplier Qualification process.
  • Create,implement and maintain MSDS document.
  • Create,implement and maintain Product Recall program.
  • Work with customer complaints and supplying customers with all the necessary documents to approve us as their vendors.
  • Create, implement and maintain Raw Material Program. Conduct QA tests on incoming and in-process materials, outgoing products, packing suppliers etc.
  • Communicate pro-actively with customers and suppliers regarding product quality, testing procedures, customer specifications, etc.
  • Create, implement and maintain Transportation and storage programs for all ingredients.
  • Create, implement and maintain Equipment and Utensils Program.
  • Create, implement and maintain Glass and Brittle Plastics Program.
  • Create Implement and maintain Personnel Practices Program.
  • Create, implement and maintain Personnel Hygiene Program.
  • Create, implement and maintain Finished Product Program.
  • Create, Implement and maintain Gluten Free Program.
  • Perform continuous internal Audit on a regularly basis for maintaining all the programs.
  • Create, implement and maintain Employee Training Program and manual.
  • Regularly create report on SQF standards and GFSI and Food Safety related items, HACCP certification and maintenance activities.
  • Research and provide recommendations for solving customer complaints and in-house quality issues.
  • Communicate pro-actively with purchasing, operations, and management team with respect to materials testing results, material release, and material hold recommendations.
  • Monitor facilitiesí internal and external environments to ensure compliance with regulatory and Company expectations.
  • Conduct all product, equipment, environment, facility, pest and other inspections within expectations for frequency, thoroughness, adherence to quality, documentation, etc. This includes adherence to FDA, SQF, HACCP, SSOP, and GMP requirements.
  • Review, track, administer and report on quality-related documentation to ensure traceability, performance, compliance and accuracy.
  • Conduct training related to Safe Quality Food Policies, QA, GMP,HACCP, SQF and other related requirements and/or subjects in the food industry.
  • Maintain and provide testing certifications as requested.
  • Coordinate 3rd party audits, including audits to maintain Organic and Kosher certifications.
  • Conduct monthly Food Safety Committee meetings.
  • Coordinate testing requirements and services with off-site laboratories.
  • Maintain QA equipment, calibration, supplies and cleanliness.
  • Approve ingredient from suppliers with continuous updated review of documentation.
  • Oversee Document Control function to ensure timely, accurate and effective specifications and labels are available as needed.
  • Maintain quality control and document control databases.
  • Supervise and prioritize work, guide and mentor direct staff.
  • Provide regular performance feedback and coaching.
  • Write and deliver annual reviews.
  • Hire, train and develop staff.
  • Portion of your work will involve R&D of the product on the production side and R&D creating new products. You will be involved in maintaining R&D data for existing ingredients products and new upcoming ingredients in the food industry.
  • This candidate who is a SQF Practitioner, Certified in SQF and follow FDA-FSMA regulations.

Required knowledge, skills, experience and abilities include:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Science or related field of study; or equivalent experience and education
  • 3-4 years in the US food industry
  • 2 years experience advising leadership team with respect to quality program status, opportunities, concerns, risks, etc.
  • 2 years monitoring microbiological and other quality-related criteria in raw materials, food production, outgoing product, water, etc.
  • Demonstrates professional level communication skills, including report writing, e-mail, impromptu and formal presentations, and telephone communications.
  • Work as an integral member of cross-functional teams
  • Prioritize work and manage conflicting requests
  • Able to work effectively under pressure with little oversight.
  • Highly proficient skills using MS Word, Excel, Access, Outlook
  • Able to quickly and efficiently learn computer programs.
  • Highly proficient in statistical analysis

Preferred knowledge, skills, experience and abilities include:

  • SQF Certified Practitioner
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of SQF program management experience
  • HACCP Certified
  • Experience managing projects that are complex and large in scope
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Must have previous experience with R&D and Product Development projects.

SALARY & BENEFITS : - Excellent base salary - depending on qualifications and experience.- 6 paid holidays.- 1 week PTO.- If you require benefit will start after 90 days from hire date.- 401K benefit offered.- Corporate discount program known as Working Advantage offered to employees after 90 days.- Other Company benefits includes: Company sponsored snacks and drinks in break room. Employee birthday treat. Anniversary lunch or dinner with employee. Quarterly company sponsored events, Company sponsored holiday party.

If this sounds of interest to you, send us your cover letter and resume. We will respond to all the applicants who has submitted cover letter and resume, references and a letter( big plus) provided if you meet our job requirements. Please feel free to email us to find out the status of your application.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE DUE TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO THIS POSTING. We will not entertained or accept any phone calls from this posting. We will call you if you meet our qualification and requirements and then we will schedule a phone call and a personal interview with you. If you receive a phone call from us, that means we are interested in your background and you are one of the short listed candidate for this position.
Sorry, we are unable to relocate or consider contract or remote work situations right now. NO RELOCATION PROVIDED.
NO AGENCY PLEASE AT THIS TIME.
NO RELOCATION PROVIDED TO CANDIDATE AT THIS TIME.

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:

  • Woodinville, WA

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • Food Quality Assurance: 2 years

 

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