Ever Fresh Fruit Co - Boring, OR
Title: Quality Assurance
Location: Boring, Oregon
Ever Fresh Fruit Co. is an
established family owned food manufacturing facility located in the
beautiful Pacific Northwest. We produce specialty products for the dairy
and bakery industries. Our product line includes yogurt fruit preps, ice
cream variegates, bases and fruit feeders, bakery fillings, fresh apples
and IQF apples. We produce organic, natural and conventional products. We
are growing rapidly and seeking an experienced QA Manager to join our team.
Job Overview / Description
Plans, coordinates, directs
and manages quality control program to ensure continuous plant management
consistent with established standards by performing the following duties
personally or through subordinates. Directly responsible for monitoring and
verifying the quality of the manufacturing process from incoming to
finished product shipment, ensuring formulations and quality standards are
adhered to, adequate sanitation standards are maintained at all times and
packaging requirements match industry standards. The QA Manager is
responsible for day to day staffing of the Quality Assurance and Sanitation
departments in the plant. The QA Manager has the responsibility to take
immediate action to protect food safety and food quality. The QA Manager
has the responsibility to report noncompliance with food safety
requirements, food quality and consistency requirements, regulatory
requirements, customer requirements and all internal policies and
procedures to the executive management team if they are not being
satisfactorily addressed at the plant level. Responsibilities
- Verifies the implementation,
maintenance and function of the food safety and quality processes
including HACCP, SQF System, GMPs, SOPs, prerequisite programs and all
customer and regulatory requirements.
- Prepares and leads the facility
in preparation for internal and external audits including: 3rd Party
(SQF), GMP, HACCP, FDA/ODA Vulnerability Assessments, Customer audits,
Organic inspections and Kosher inspections. Accompanies inspector,
completes necessary reports and posing, performs follow-ups to non-conformances
found and provides responses as appropriate.
- Provides Quality/Sanitation
support for project commercialization. Ensure appropriate steps, forms
and approvals are complete to assure successful project startup.
- Train site on proper
inspections procedures and practices. Assist in ensuring facility is
inspection ready at all times.
- Educates plant management on
all internal and external policies such as HACCP; FDA, internal
policies and procedures and regulatory or special customer
requirements. Verifies compliance and reports non-compliance.
- Develops and analyzes
statistical data and product specifications to determine present
standards and establish proposed quality and reliability expectancy
for finished products.
- Formulates and maintains
quality control objectives complementary to company policies and
- Identifies and communicates
areas of risk for the company in food safety, quality or compliance,
protecting product safety and consistency at all times.
- Works with plant management to
achieve plant efficiency and quality objectives.
- Assists with customer visits
including product cuttings and plant tours.
- Ensures all customer and
regulatory requirements are met including labeling, net weights and
all other regulatory requirements.
- Interprets quality control
philosophy to key personnel in organization.
- Coordinates objectives with
plant procedures in cooperation with other plant managers to maximize
product reliability and minimize costs.
- Provides inspection activity
for product throughout production cycle.
- Manages all aspects of the QA
Department including directing activities, QA employee training and
competencies, testing programs for compliance, product specifications
and regulatory requirements.
- Enforces or establishes
standards for incoming raw materials.
- Advise CEO of challenges and
progress through regular and routine reports.
- Investigates in conjunction
with plant management and formulates response to all complaints
- Has joint authority with Plant
Manager to shut a line down
- Has authority to take product
- Has authority to place product
on hold if any standard is not met
- Familiar with, follow and
enforce company policies and procedures.
- Schedule and conduct
supervisorís and Technicians annual reviews in a timely manner.
- Administer disciplinary action
as required up to and including termination.
- Manage projects, meeting
timelines to produce required results.
- Clearly defines short and long
term goals to QA team.
- In the absence of the QA
Manager, their responsibilities will be filled by a QA Supervisor or
- Represent the company in a
professional manner at all times.
- Treat others inside and outside
the company with respect.
- Set the example for the
facility to follow in terms of professionalism.
- Communicate with professional
language and actions.
- Mentor others to greater
- The primary working
relationship should be between the QA Manager and the Plant Manager.
- The QA Manager may have
secondary working relationships with other managers, supervisors,
purchasing, PD, shipping and other departments.
- Bachelorís Degree from a
four-year college or university; concentration in Food Science,
Microbiology or related studies or equivalent experience preferred.
All degrees considered.
- 5-7 years of experience as a
Quality Control Manager in a food or associated business preferred.
- Expertise in HACCP, SQF,
Sanitation, Food Safety and Food Defense.
- Experience with a highly
regulated/controlled environment, including those governed by USDA and
the FDA preferred.
- Proficient using computer
applications including Microsoft Word, Excel and email.
- Proven ability to successfully
manage aggressive timelines with expected results.
- Effective and proved problem
- Ability to speak effectively
before groups of customers, employees and other organizations.
- Strong team leadership and team
- Outstanding analytical,
interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to interpret an
extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram
form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
- Willingness to travel and work
extended hours or multiple shifts on occasion.
- Bilingual skills in English and
Spanish both oral and written are preferred, but not required.
Ever Fresh Fruit Co. offers
a comprehensive compensation package including a competitive salary to
match skills and experience. Medical and dental insurance, with employees
covered 100%. Paid holidays and 401(k) retirement program with company
match. Annual bonus programs, performance-based merit increases and paid
time off programs are also provided annually.
Job Type: Full-time
- Quality Assurance Management: 5