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Quality Assurance Team Leader - Saint Joseph, MO




For thirty years, Nestlé Purina has been proud to call St. Joseph, MO home. Located an hour north of Kansas City, the community of 77,000 people is packed with character, rich history and nationally acclaimed quality of life – just like Nestlé Purina is. The city was recognized with the All-America City Award, given to communities with citizens who work together to pinpoint and address community-wide challenges and achieve exceptional results. Carrying forward that spirit, since 1985, our wet dog and cat food factory in St. Joseph has provided employment, and a special home for many of our associates who work passionately each day to annually produce millions of cases of Fancy Feast® and Beneful® Prepared Meals – two flagship Nestlé Purina brands. Our associates’ work goes far beyond the bag and the can. They are very passionate about their support for the United Way and United Cerebral Palsy foundations, raising $750,000 over the past five years. Joining the Nestlé Purina factory in St. Joseph means you are joining more than a pet food company, but also a very driven and close-knit team focused on safety, personal growth, development and community. Our St. Joseph factory has enjoyed increased production and reinvestment, including a $30 million project to remodel our pet food kitchen, as well as installation of new raw ingredient processing equipment. This attention to safety and quality, matched by a culture of continuous improvement, innovation and renovation, helps us to attain our fullest potential. So, if your full potential could be unleashed, what would you add to the mix?


The Quality Assurance Team Leader is responsible for the development, certification, compliance, on-going sustainability and continuous improvement of the factory’s Food Safety Management System (ISO 9001, NQMS, ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, ISO 22002 (PAS220)). Additionally, this position manages the factory’s Quality Systems/Program to ensure compliance to Nestlé, Nestlé Purina, factory, and regulatory requirements.


Primary Responsibilities:


  • Function as factory coordinator of Food Safety Management System (ISO 9001, ISO 22000/FSSC 22000, ISO 22002) and Nestlé Quality Management System (NQMS).
  • Provide NQMS and ISO training/awareness to all factory staff.
  • Provide coaching and training on NQMS and ISO program requirements to all new and existing process owners (as required).


  • Coordinate the factory internal audit program of Quality and Food Safety Management Systems: NQMS, ISO 22000/FSSC 22000 and ISO 22002.
  • Develop and maintain the internal audit plan and associated procedures and documents.
  • Ensure internal auditors are sufficient, competent and effective in meeting compliance to the standards.


  • Coordinate the factory Corrective Action and Preventative Action (CAPA) program for the Quality and Food Safety Management Systems.
  • Maintain factory procedure for CAPA program and site CAPA tracking system.
  • Facilitate CAPA generation, closure and verification.


  • Ensure factory document control and record control programs are compliant with ISO 9001, ISO 22000,and NQMS requirements.
  • Ensure compliance of Quality System and Food Safety Management System records with Corporate Record Retention Guidelines.


  • Coordinate the factory Change Control program for change that may impact the Quality and Food Safety Management Systems.
  • Communicate and coordinate with HACCP Specialist to ensure food safety changes are known.
  • Ensure a process is in place for review, assessment and communication of all new corporate instructions and policies related to Quality and Food Safety Management Systems.


All other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • 2+ years’ of experience in a manufacturing, industrial, military or related setting

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a Chemistry, Biology, Food Science, or related field
  • 1+ years’ of experience in a food manufacturing setting preferred

It is our business imperative to remain a very inclusive workplace.


To our veterans and separated service members, you're at the forefront of our minds as we recruit top talent to join Nestlé Purina. The skills you've gained while serving our country, such as flexibility, agility, and leadership, are much like the skills that will make you successful in this role. We hope you'll consider sharing in our mission-you'll join a cohort of others who have chosen to call Nestlé Purina home.



The Nestlé Companies are equal employment and affirmative action employers and look for diversity in qualified candidates for employment.



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