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Vice President - Quality & Food Safety - Manitowoc, WI 54220

Lakeside Foods, Inc.

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When you join Lakeside and our family of companies, you'll be part of a hard-working team producing quality food products that consumers feel good about feeding to their families. We began as a small pea canning operation in 1887. Today we have over 1,000 employees and 13 manufacturing locations. We sell our products through retailers, foodservice distributors and restaurants across the U.S. We're committed to growing our company and our people, and there's a seat at the table for you.


The position of Vice President - Quality & Food Safey offers a hardworking, team-oriented individual the opportunity to develop and administer the company wide Quality and Food Safety Program, from acquisition of raw materials and supplies through and including final packaging and shipping of finished product.


  • Administer customer quality specifications, including both development of them and assurance that they are continually being met.
  • Design and monitor all necessary analytical tests and procedures to measure food safety and product quality.
  • Establish Company and Departmental strategic quality and food safety goals, and assure they are met.
  • Advise Executive Management relating to policy in the area of food safety and quality and its administration. Attend board meetings and activities and provide department related business updates as appropriate.
  • Maintain involvement and relations with trade associations and serve as liaison on technical matters. Serve on committees as appropriate.
  • Serve as liaison with counterparts in Sales, Sales Service, Customer Service, Operations, Human Resources and Finance/Administration at the Corporate level.
  • Represent the Quality Assurance department on the Corporate Executive Management Team.
  • Serve on the Strategic Planning Committee, and oversee the accomplishment of Long Range/ Strategic Goals of the Company regarding food safety and quality.
  • Review regularly the adequacy of Corporate and plant quality assurance facilities, personnel, and procedures and make recommendations as necessary.
  • Establish and monitor sanitation standards and procedures.
  • Serve as liaison with customers and suppliers, including direct visits and regular communication in coordination with Sales and Operations.
  • Assure the objectivity and independence of all quality assurance personnel Company wide at all times.
  • Design, implement and improve the product lot grading system, and personally participate in Corporate quality cuttings.
  • Regularly visit Company facilities for the purpose of auditing and recommending on the Company food safety and quality program.
  • Provide a strategy to assure compliance to the Safe Food Quality (SQF) code. Coordinate all necessary communication with the Certification Bodies.
  • Develop strategies to assure plant compliance to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations including Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC), Food Defense Plans, Food Intentional Adulteration Mitigation strategies and Safe Transport of Foods.
  • Assure strategy for the execution of all food safety and quality plans including Plant Environmental Monitoring Programs, Sanitation verification and testing plans and product testing.
  • Provide a strategy for support to the Plant Quality Managers on the development and management of their SQF and regulatory compliance programs, problem solving and trouble shooting, Food Safety Culture enhancement, and staff training.
  • Coordinate all necessary communication with FDA, USDA, State Regulatory, and other agencies as necessary.
  • Provide support to the Innovation, Product Development and Commercialization processes.
  • Support continuous improvement processes through use of targeted data collection and management tools.
  • Supervise the activities of the Corporate Quality Assurance staff and be accountable for responsibilities delegated to them.



  • Masterís Degree in Food Science or a related field.
  • Minimum 15 years of experience in food manufacturing, at least 10 years in a senior role.

General Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of and commitment to quality and food safety
  • Teamwork
  • People-oriented management
  • Company loyalty
  • Cost consciousness
  • Community service


  • Through individual and team efforts, enthusiastically work toward the continuous improvement of his/her job, work area, department and Lakeside as a whole. Fully participate in TAL by "living" Lakeside's Standards of Conduct and being an active member of operational and project teams. By action and work, clearly and visibly demonstrate the spirit of teamwork, cooperation and respect for others in all business transactions and exchanges.
  • Proactively create an environment that clearly and sincerely encourages the spirit of TAL in all areas of responsibility.


  • Most work is conducted in a normal office environment. However, this position requires regular visits to the production and packaging facilities, which are typical of food manufacturing and may include exposure to heat and humidity, moisture, slippery conditions, and so on.
  • Trips to the plants as well as occasional professional travel to other destinations are by automobile or public transportations and require the capability for independent travel.
  • This position also involves work in corporate and plant laboratories which would include exposure to a typical food laboratory environment.

Lakeside Foods welcomes people of all backgrounds and the varied ideas they bring to the workplace. Being an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer is part of our heritage and culture. We recruit, hire and promote employees based on qualifications and merit, without regard to race, religion, age, gender, disability, marital or veteran status.



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