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QA Manager - (1600004N) - Crookston, MN






*$5,000 Sign on Bonus



This position is responsible for developing and managing the plant quality control environments in order to prevent internal failures; develop initiatives to improve plant performance against SunOpta quality measures resulting in reduced product holds and customer complaints; ensure plant compliance with company and regulatory standards including compliance to GFSI standards; proactively manage and mentor Quality Assurance personnel; and act as the primary liaison in regards to quality with Corporate Quality Assurance, customers and external regulatory agencies. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

         Ensure that appropriate records are maintained and that a well-documented tracking and recall program exists and that all employees are trained on all aspects of the program.

         Design and implement adequate tests and procedures to provide statistically significant controls for the safe manufacture of products.

         Ensure that managers and staff participate in training activities to stay current with regulatory and   industry requirements.

         Provide technical expertise to all departments in the area of training, continuous process improvement, and product development.

         Write, maintain, and ensure compliance with new product specifications.

         Interface with all regulatory agencies and customers insuring optimum support.

         Serves as safety model; promote a high level of safety awareness and continuous improvement practices.

         Commit to ensuring that products produced meet all food safety and quality requirements

         Develop and implement SOPís, plant policies, HACCP, GMPís, pest control, allergen control, QA documentation, and other food safety and quality elements required.

         Establish, monitor and maintain all   appropriate quality programs and procedures, testing methodologies and test equipment to assure compliance to specifications and to federal, state, and   local regulation for all products.

         Coordinate resolution of all quality management issues. This includes reporting on KPI's, corrective action plans, analytical/microbiological issues, held inventory disposition

         Manage and direct the staff responsible for microbiological and other quality control testing.

         Responsible for evaluation and resolution of customer/consumer product quality issues

         Ensure all quality related information required for regulatory reviews and reporting is maintained by the plant.

         Ensures effective safety procedures, tools and record keeping are managed through site leadership.

         Adheres to company GMPís (good manufacturing practices), safety procedures and all other quality processes.

         Demonstrate integrity, respect, teamwork, and equity in all aspects of the job including dealing with   employees, customers, Ensure that the plant has adequate controls, programs, and organizational structure in place to comply with all regulations, customer and GFSI requirements.

         Wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when required.

         All other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

         Directly manages employees in the QA department and is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of all QA staff.





To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:

         Bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Food Science/Food Technology or related field.

         5 years of experience in a food manufacturing environment with at least 3 years in a QA Manager role.

Knowledge and Skills:

         Candidate must possess a strong working knowledge of food safety, HACCP, GMPís, sanitary design and controls, food regulations and basic food technology.  

         Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing practices is beneficial. 

         Outstanding verbal, written, multi-tasking and presentation skills.  

         Ability to create momentum and foster organizational change.  

         Must have a working knowledge of MS Word and MS PowerPoint software, and be proficient with MS Excel software. Experience with Oracle is beneficial.

Travel Requirements:

         Less than 10%.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

         Approximately; 60% of work is performed in an office environment.  40% of work may involve being in the agricultural or manufacturing environment. 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice

An Equal Opportunity Employer



Primary Location

: US-MN-Crookston Facility

Work Locations


Crookston Facility 

1220 Sunflower Street 

 Crookston 56716


: Quality Assurance




: Full-time


: Day Job

Employee Status

: Regular

Job Type

: Standard

Job Posting

: Apr 20, 2017, 11:21:24 AM


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