Food Safety &
Quality Assurance Manager - Indianapolis, IN
A DIFFERENT KIND OF …
"We're working to run a different kind of company. The kind of place
we'd want to work, that makes the kind of food we'd
like to eat, and that strives for a healthier, more sustainable world –the
kind of world we'd like to pass on to our children." –Kit Crawford,
Co-CEO & Founder
Guided by our innovative business model & the Five Aspirations
(https://www.clifbar.com/article/the-five-aspirations) – Sustaining our
Business, Brands, People, Community & Planet- we believe that food
provides health, joy and energy to do the things we love. Working at Clif Bar Baking Company is a chance to make impactful
changes. To your career. To your community. To your planet. And, to your
The FSQA Team is looking for a Food Safety & Quality Assurance Manager
Work as a strategic partner with the Bakery General Manager, other managers,
and bakery leadership team to assure compliance with applicable quality, food
safety and regulatory standards at the Indianapolis bakery. Primary
responsibilities is to be the FSQA voice on the bakery leadership team and
lead the FSQA and Sanitation Teams in implementing and maintaining food
safety practices as required by SQF.
- Ensure personal safety, food
safety and quality protocols are followed.
- Work with Clif
Bar teams to develop and maintain quality systems, which include
noncompliance, HACCP, GMPs, product review, and internal audits.
- Be a food safety and quality
assurance strategic partner to Clif Bar owned
and operated facilities by supporting standardize food safety and
- Develop both short term and
long term food safety and quality and sanitation strategies, such as
cost savings strategies.
- Develop and manage annual FSQA
budget for the bakery.
- Support and represent the bakery
with government agencies, vendors, customers, and recall activities.
- Responsible for raising food
safety and quality concerns to a level of priority to keep HQ teams and
other bakery leadership members informed and lead in an action plan as
- Assure that all raw materials,
process parameters, sanitation procedures, and finished products comply
with Company standards. Work with suppliers to address any
- Manage and audit quality
programs and maintain proper documentation including reporting of
- Investigate consumer and
customer complaints and provide written communication regarding root
cause and opportunities for improvement.
- Lead Continuous Improvement and
Corrective Action/Preventive Action activities.
- Assure that HACCP/HARPC plans
are fully implemented and monitored for all production lines. Include
supporting the training of team members in appropriate areas
(non-compliance, metal detection, and other prerequisite programs).
- Ensure robust prerequisite
programs are in place, understood by all personnel, and are effective.
Validation and verification are expected. Programs to include
environmental monitoring, allergen control,
GMP's, HACCP/HARPC, as well as other prerequisite programs.
- Coordinate the implementation
of an effective integrated pest management program. Manage any
contracted pest management personnel to ensure proper licensing and
- Manage FSQA and Sanitation
operations to ensure continuous compliance with all applicable
- Lead and participates in
internal and external audits to ensure Clif
Bar standards are met.
- Manage organic compliance
program for the bakery.
- Work with site Safe Quality
Foods Practitioner, to develop, implement, validate, verify, and maintain
the SQF prerequisite, food safety, and food quality systems for the
- Perform all other related
duties as requested.
Position-Specific Skills Required
- Be a genuine Clif Bar & Company ambassador, who embodies the Clif Bar Five Aspirations and Ingredients in all
communications and interactions.
- Be flexible and available to
interact and connect with people at all levels in the Company.
- Be self-directed and motivated.
- Have a passion for excellence
and a bias for action.
- Strong ability to lead, inspire, and motivate self and others. Provide
feedback, coaching, and career development opportunities to FSQA and
- Take initiative to identify and
anticipate food safety and quality needs with low moisture foods and
make recommendations for continuous improvement.
- Excellent communication skills,
knowing when to seek to understand, when to influence, and when to
- Proven organizational skills,
attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize in a fast-paced
environment with many competing demands.
- Flexibility to work on
alternate shifts or schedules as needed.
Technical Expertise Required
- Ability to identify food safety
and quality issues, obtain relevant data, identify root causes, and implement
effective corrective actions.
- Expert knowledge of
HACCP/HARPC, GMP's, and quality systems in a low moisture food
- Understand FDA and local
regulatory requirements for food safety and quality.
- Strong knowledge and ability to
use Microsoft Office Suite programs.
- Training skills with the
ability to develop own curriculum.
- Experience in writing standard
operating procedures, work instructions, and forms for a Safe Quality
Foods manufacturing environment.
- Experience with previous
manufacturing plant or line start-ups a strong plus.
- Working knowledge of National
Organic Program, Kosher, and Rain forest Alliance implementation and
- Minimum of 4 year B.S. degree
in Food Science, Microbiology, or related field preferred.
- Minimum of 10 years' experience
in food manufacturing business in Quality Assurance or production
- Minimum of 5 years' management
experience or supervisory equivalent.
- SQF Practitioner certification
- PCQI certification preferred.
- Lean/Six Sigma certification
- HACCP certified.
At Clif Bar Baking Company, the journey has always
been more important than the destination. HOW we get things done is as
important as WHAT gets done, and our Ingredients ( https://www.clifbar.com/article/the-ingredients-what-makes-a-clifster
) (CREATE, INSPIRE, CONNECT, OWN IT, BE YOURSELF) remind us of just that. We
challenge and celebrate one another, we help to balance each other's lives,
and we value laughter and fun as an integral quality in our workplace.
We also value diversity and celebrate our people being their most authentic
selves. We believe that an inclusive, diverse, and equitable workplace makes
us more creative, innovative, effective, and resilient – a truly different
kind of company! We welcome people from all backgrounds, ethnicity's,
cultures, experiences, and perspectives. Clif Bar
is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
We want to help our people live the lives they want to live so we've created
an environment where we all can grow and succeed both personally and
professionally through creating a company culture that inspires and supports
our people inside and outside of work.
We sustain our people with comprehensive benefits, annual incentive plans,
company matching on 401k contributions, and employees are encouraged to
participate in paid volunteer opportunities. Additionally, our people enjoy a
paid sabbatical program, sustainability benefits including a cool commute program,
and athletic competition stipends, as well as National and State Park, Pass
reimbursement. In 2010, Kit & Gary implemented an Employee Stock
Ownership Plan (ESOP) recognizing employees' roles in helping build our
business. Come join us at Clif Bar Baking Company!