Manager, Senior – Brownsville, WI
Grande Cheese Company
Control Manager, Senior
Grande Cheese Company is
an enterprise with a tradition of quality, and a quality of tradition. Our
Associates are committed to working together, taking pride in what we do,
having mutual respect for one another and striving
Grande is looking for
candidates to fill the position of Quality Control Manager, Senior.
This position reports to the Corporate Quality Control Manager, Senior and
will work out of our flagship, world-class, cheesemaking and whey
processing facility in Brownsville, Wisconsin.
The Quality Control
Manager, Senior will be responsible for:
- Product safety, quality control
and regulatory duties including but not limited to; on-site facility
audits, training, process and program maintenance and development,
quality initiatives and product testing programs
- Leadership and Associate
development for a department of 14 Quality Associates including 2
- Oversight and maintenance of
the facility SQF Level 3 program
- Responsibility for food safety
and quality of two on-site cheese processing operations and one
on-site whey processing operation
We envision a successful
candidate having an education and background in food science, quality
management or a related discipline as well as a broad range of quality
control experience and knowledge in food manufacturing facilities. In
addition, the candidate must possess past experience
leading and managing a large group of Quality Associates. A successful
candidate will have significant knowledge of federal, state and local food
and water regulations and food safety certifications in a GFSI-approved
scheme, HACCP and PCQI.
1st Major Area of
Responsibility – Product Safety & Quality Control/Regulatory (Key
- Provide leadership and
expertise for food safety, quality and compliance within the facility.
Manage quality initiatives, establish best practices, and implement
programs to support current and new product and process development.
- Lead plant inspection
activities with government & regulatory agencies. Responsible for
ensuring compliance within the facility.
- Manage food safety and quality
programs (HACCP, SQF) and ensure immediate action is taken to identify
and resolve food safety/defense issues. Has back-up responsibilities for,
and is backed up by, as defined by the Facility Org Chart and Back-up
- Develop, coordinate, and
participate in annual training.
- Ensure documentation files are
complete and maintained on all HACCP deviations, corrective actions
and outcomes. Initiate discussion with plant Associates to develop
proactive approaches to reduce the chance of a repeat occurrence.
- Provide leadership with mock
recall and business continuity planning.
2nd Major Area of
Responsibility – Quality Control (Key Duties)
- Develop, analyze, and
communicate data and information concerning product quality
- Manage quality audits of the
plant and coordination of required corrective actions.
- Maintain and monitor quality
assurance surveillance programs (water, air, etc.) and coordinate any
- Develop and monitor in-process
testing programs (moisture, butter fat, salt, Ph, ATP) and coordinate
appropriate responses to unfavorable trends or results.
- Monitor and validate
calibration programs for equipment (thermometers, RTD, in-process test
- Development and continuous
improvement of SOP’s, SSOP’s, Pre-requisite program, critical
processing specifications, and electronic collection of production
- Review site status with CCIPQ.
- Lead and direct the
implementation of lean six sigma tools for continuous improvement.
- Develop, maintain and share
reports that clearly summarize and communicate information on product
quality, in-process test results, and comparison/calibration data.
- Partner with others in
Operations Management and the Quality Assurance/Technology team and
collaborate to increase product quality and safety.
3rd Major Area of
Responsibility – Leadership (Key Duties)
- Supervise Associates by means
of coaching/mentoring, training, discipline, performance management,
conflict resolution, etc., while fostering a positive work environment
that encourages teamwork, pride, and a continuous improvement
- Set clear department goals and
communicate expectations to Associates on a regular basis.
- Provide guidance to facilitate
learning and growth, enhance skills & knowledge, and improve
- Ensure Associate compliance
with company policies and procedures.
- Proactively address Associate
questions, concerns, or problems.
4th Area of
Responsibility – All other duties and responsibilities as requested or
required (Key Duties)
- A mobile phone is required for
- Perform other duties and responsibilities
as requested or required
- Bachelor's degree in Food
Science, Quality Management, or related field, or equivalent
combination of education and experience.
- Certified Quality Manager
designation a plus.
- 8 or more years related
experience, preferably in a food manufacturing industry.
- Knowledge of SQF and other
quality regulations, codes, and standards required.
- Knowledge of Federal, State,
and Local food and water regulations, including CFR, FSMA, the PMO,
and Bioterrorism Act.
- Six sigma and/or lean
manufacturing experience desirable.
- Strong written and verbal
communication and presentation skills.
- Ability to interpret an
extensive variety of technical information, instructions and details
and utilize to guide methods and procedures.
- Advanced project management,
leadership, and delegation skills; able to lead projects, assign tasks
and achieve results through others
- Knowledge of manufacturing and
- Organized and detail oriented
- Proficient in Microsoft Office
suite, basic experience with laboratory software and manufacturing