Director of Quality
Assurance & Food Safety - Westbrook, ME
Schlotterbeck & Foss
Schlotterbeck & Foss is one of New England's oldest
manufacturers of premium condiments, chef sauces, dressings, salsas and
ice-cream-topping ingredients. The company has grown steadily in recent years
and is positioned to grow more significantly as it continues to rapidly
expand its private label partnerships with key grocery retailers across the
The Director of Quality Assurance
and Food Safety provides company-wide leadership and direction for all
Quality Assurance and Food Safety functions at our manufacturing facilities
in Westbrook, Maine and Chester, Vermont. Responsible for quality systems,
programs and standards, providing consistent product quality in compliance
with Schlotterbeck & Foss, customer, FDA, USDA,
and other Federal/State requirements and regulations. Develops and implements
policies and programs related to food safety, including production
sanitation, product risk management, accurate recordkeeping, and success in
government and customer audits. Fosters a Quality culture within the
- Manage Quality Assurance to
ensure products comply with specifications and continuously improve
quality. Oversee quality audit, testing, reporting and regulatory
- Manage Food Quality and Food
Safety Programs, HACCP and FDA regulatory compliance including GMPs and
3rd party audit requirements (GFSI).
- Direct and monitor compliance
with FSMA rules and regulations at all facilities, including supplier
approval program and Foreign Supplier Verification Program.
- Interface with all regulatory
agencies and appropriate trade associations to assure compliance with food
laws and regulations.
- Set policy on microbiology
requirements, specifications and testing to help assure safe products
for all customers and consumers.
- Oversight of quality grading of
all products to assure specifications are met within the desired levels
of productivity, safety and quality desired by Schlotterbeck
& Foss and customers.
- Oversite and supervision of
- Develop, issue and review corporate
quality and food safety policies, procedures, and specifications.
- Work directly with all sales
managers to provide a high level of support and customer service.
- Maintain customer complaint
program, including prompt investigations and responses.
- Maintain nutrition database and
customer label approval program.
- Work closely with R&D,
Sales, Production, Purchasing, Transportation, Customer Service and
customers to advise and resolve any issues as needed.
- On behalf of Schlotterbeck & Foss participate in appropriate
associations to maintain knowledge required to stay abreast of
regulatory compliance and industry trends.
- Responsible for working in a
safe and healthy manner, and to take reasonable care of the health and
safety of all other staff. Perform daily stretching and/or proper
ergonomics of workstation. Managers have a specific responsibility for
the health and safety of their direct reports and other team members for
which they have management responsibility.
- The Physical Requirements and
Work Conditions as outlined in this job description are essential
functions of the job.
- Travel is required to the
Vermont facility 1-2 days per week.
- Perform special projects and
other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor of Science in Food
Science, Chemistry, Microbiology or equivalent Scientific Discipline.
Masters of Science, Ph.D. of Science or M.B.A preferred.
- 10+ years of experience in
Quality Management experience in food industry, combined with a
demonstrated track record of accomplishments in quality, food safety and
- Continuous Improvement
expertise, such as TPM, Six Sigma, or similar is preferred
- Experience with FSMA and
current food related regulations. PCQI certificate.
- Experience with GFSI,
regulatory, and customer audits. SQF experience preferred.
- Demonstrable leadership,
communications, negotiating, and basic computer skills (Microsoft Office
Word, Excel and Internet).
- Excellent interpersonal skills,
ability to work in a team environment
Competitive pay and benefit package including paid time off, medical, dental,
and vision insurance. 401(k) plan with employer match and discount on S&F
No Phone Calls or Recruiters
Schlotterbeck & Foss is an Equal Opportunity
Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity or national origin.
Job Type: Full-time