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Plant QA Manager
Impossible Foods - Oakland, CA




Do you want to be part of an exciting scientific and business endeavor dedicated to solving the greatest challenge humanity faces? Then Impossible Foods is the place for you.

People around the world love to eat meat, fish, and dairy products and demand is growing even faster than the world’s population. But the system we use to produce these foods is destroying the planet. Animal farming is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector, occupies almost half of Earth’s ice-free land, consumes and pollutes more of the world’s dwindling supply of fresh water than any other industry and is by far the leading threat to biodiversity.

Impossible Foods was founded 5 years ago to solve this problem by inventing an efficient, sustainable way to transform plants into irresistibly delicious, nutritious meat, fish and dairy foods that deliver all the pleasures and nutritional benefits consumers demand without the destructive environmental impact. Our first product is currently available at select restaurants across the United States.

Lead, develop coach and train the QA Plant team, including direct reports and dotted line to the Sanitation Supervisor Implements Impossible Foods quality assurance programs for the plant and third party warehouses to ensure compliance with FSMA and GFSI requirements. Facilitate problem solving and develop a culture of Food safety and product quality continuous improvement Develop and manage a quality scorecard to monitor performance against established metrics. Assist R&D and product development department with projects as assigned.

You Will:

  • Ensure that manufactured products are produced in compliance with company specifications, policies and government regulations.
  • Conduct Food Safety, GMP audits and ensure the successful implementation and maintenance of programs to achieve compliance with international, federal, state or local regulations as they apply to health, food safety, and labeling requirements.
  • Participates in food tasting and product evaluation to ensure stringent quality controls are met and nuances in the flavor profile are detected to protect a uniform taste profile.
  • Responsible for effective implementation and/or utilization of approved analytical methods to ensure the high quality of raw materials, semi-finished products, finished products and packaging materials.
  • Work directly with cross functional team members to ensure qualification of new equipment, processes and new products
  • Manage regular case cutting product review, retention samples and quality assurance monitoring program. Investigate consumer complaints.
  • Implement corrective actions and resolve complaints.
  • Prepares Plant for 3rd party audit and SQF readiness and qualification
  • Maintains various quality related programs including but not limited to SPC, environmental monitoring, sanitation, allergen, HACCP, microbiological testing, weight control, product recall and self-audits.
  • Apply scientific methodology, use of root cause and statistical analysis tools to support recommendations for process improvements and drive continuous improvement.
  • Responsible for managing the pest control program to ensure a pest free environment.
  • Manage the Microbiological testing program, interpret result and provide recommendations for improvements

You Have:

  • BS degree in Food Science or Biological Science field
  • Minimum 5 years Quality Assurance experience in the food industry at management level

Specific Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects/workload
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Firm understanding of GMP’s, HACCP, SSOP’s, SQC Certification process, FSMA and SPC Strong analytical, organization and process development skills
  • Excellent computer skills with working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to work with individuals at all levels of management and build effective cross-functional (internal and external) relationships
  • Rare to Occasional ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

Required experience:

  • HACCP: 5 years
  • Quality Assurance: 7 years
  • Plant Management: 5 years

Required license or certification:



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