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Food Safety & Quality Assurance Manager - Chico, CA


AgReserves, Inc.



Summary:

Berberian Nut Company is seeking a detail-oriented Food Safety & Quality Assurance Manager to join our plant leadership team. The FSQA Manager has high-level responsibility for food safety, customer satisfaction, and general company welfare. The FSQA Manager serves as the site contact for any food safety and quality- related issues. The ideal candidate has a drive to continuously enhance processes through efficiencies while keeping the team focused on best-in-class industry standards.

Responsibilities:

  • Direct oversight, implementation, and maintenance of the Food Safety and Quality systems associated with the plant environment, HACCP and product specifications.
  • Serve on the internal auditing team and is a site resource for internal auditing expertise. Host all 3 rd party inspections.
  • Coordinate and conduct all food safety and QA related meetings, exercises, and trainings.
  • Oversight of root cause investigations for any food safety and/or quality-related issues.
  • Close out, verify, and report all corrective actions arising from food safety/quality-related incidences.
  • Analyze food safety and quality-related data to identify positive and negative trends that can drive process improvement and increase efficiencies and that serve as validation of our systems according to the BRC Standard.
  • Provide feedback and collaborate with plant management to approve all customer specifications provided to the sales/marketing team prior to specification input into CHIPS.
  • Review and respond to customer complaints and provide investigation reports, as appropriate, creating action items for any non-conformances found within established timeframes.
  • Review the efficacy of customer specification and customer complaint programs on an annual basis.
  • Oversee of quality control, quality assurance and sanitation function in the plant environment.
  • Recommend improvements on a continuous basis based on visual and data-driven assessments.
  • Communicate sanitation, food safety, and/or product quality issues to upper management, production team, sales/shipping crew, and other relevant teams.
  • Lead the QA and Sanitation Supervisors in maintaining a safe, clean and functional work environment for themselves and for their employees. Support in replacing and purchasing equipment and tools as needed.
  • Report food safety, quality and sanitation metrics in daily and weekly site meetings.
  • Work directly with the processing and/or shipping departments to ensure that all safety and food safety issues are being investigated thoroughly.
  • Create team developmental and improvement goals. Provide support to technicians and supervisors regarding HR-related situations.
  • Champion a world-class safety culture.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in food science, chemistry, biology, data science, or related field.
  • 5+ years progressive experience managing food processing and/or quality systems in food industry.
  • 3+ years management experience leading a diverse workforce.
  • Nut-processing or ag-based business experience a plus.
  • Strong demonstrated problem-solving, organizational, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer competency and ability to create Excel reports; basic understanding of statistical process control, trend analysis, and data analytics.
  • Knowledge of health, safety, and environmental regulations such as OSHA.
  • Knowledge of food safety/quality and laboratory systems, including HACCP, GFSI and ISO-17025.
  • Solid understanding of supply chain, supplier management, and lean manufacturing principles/processes and safety regulations in a manufacturing setting.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements of the role including lifting and moving up to 50lbs.
  • Valid in-state driverís license.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check and to obtain the necessary fumigation license within one year of employment.
  • Bilingual Spanish highly desired.
  • Ability to work flexible schedule, including on-call availability, afterhours and weekends, per company needs.

AgReserves, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Qualified applicants must be legally and lawfully authorized to be employed and work in the United States without current or future visa sponsorship - AgReserves, Inc is not sponsoring visas at this time.

 

 

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