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Quality and Food Safety Manager (Hybrid)- Back to Nature - Minneapolis, MN


Barilla is an Italian family-owned food company. Established in 1877, it’s now an international Group present in more than 100 countries.

A world leader in the markets of pasta and ready–to–use sauces and Pesti in continental Europe, bakery products in Italy, and crispbread in Scandinavia, the Barilla Group is recognized worldwide as a symbol of Italian know–how.


In the United States we are known as a company that primarily sells delicious pasta. We are thrilled to be expanding our portfolio, leveraging on our 145 years of Italian know-how in bakery expertise in leading categories such as Cookies and Crackers. With the acquisition of Back to Nature, Barilla is extending our ambitions in the U.S. to expand and build a portfolio of brands in these categories with a clear focus on quality and sustainability of our planet.


The Joy of Food for a Better Life” is Barilla’s purpose to bring people closer to the joy of good food and making quality the choice for a better life. It's a commitment from field to fork, to bring to the world tasty, joyful and wholesome products, made with selected raw materials from responsible supply chains. Because what we eat today can change our tomorrow. Because good food is a joy for the present and a choice for a better future.

Job Purpose

The primary responsibility of this position is to provide quality support and management for the Back to Nature bakery business (such as cookies, crackers, nuts, & granola) and to identify and industrialize technologies to advance growth and quality objectives and ensure business continuity for the Back to Nature brand. Communication and teamwork skills are essential in this role which operates in a dynamic and cross-functional environment. Partnership with functions such as Marketing, Operations, Product Development, Packaging, Sales, Purchasing, Finance, external ingredient/product Suppliers, co-manufactures and other business partners. The candidate must also have a food safety and quality background and be able to apply prior learning or scientific principles to new situations. This position requires an individual to manage multiple assignments concurrently with some supervisor guidance. The candidate is expected to lead their projects and exhibit a collaborative, start-up mindset to apply innovative solutions for the Back to Nature business. Bakery and nut experience will be a requirement.


Reporting to: Director (Head of) RDQP – Back to Nature


How the Role Will Measure Success

  • Proactively able to anticipate risks and create control plans as preventative measures
  • Lead data analysis related to Quality and Food Safety KPI’s and use it to promote continuous improvement
  • Assure complaint management system is being communicated and acted upon
  • Audit facilities and suggest improvements to the quality and food safety management systems with follow up
  • Drive quality and food safety culture within facilities and among project team to assure business promotes high quality and practices in everything we do
  • Create, establish, and track priorities for yourself and assure the team and peers understand the food safety and quality priorities to achieve goals for the business
  • Develop, implement, or build upon existing Quality, HACCP, FSMA, and other program at various manufacturing locations (internal and copacker) to assure regulatory compliance of the facility, equipment, and plant practices.


What You Will Bring to the Table

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required: BS/MS in Food Science, Food Engineering, or related field
  • 5+ years in previous Quality Assurance and Food Safety experience (NUT or NUT BUTTER experience is required)
  • Certifications: GFSI Lead Auditor; FSMA PCQI Certified; HACCP Manager Certified; Thermal Processing Certification
  • Knowledge of GFSI requirements to quality systems (Food, drug and device)
  • Experience with nut food safety and control plans is required
  • Experience with hygienic design food production equipment
  • Self-starter with passion to learn is a must
  • Manage multiple assignments/tasks concurrently with the ability to question the priority of work
  • Willingness to travel 40% with no destination restrictions
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to function effectively in a team environment. Commitment to results; ability to incorporate new learning into existing plans and act decisively, adaptability to meet the customer and consumer needs


Barilla is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Barilla to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws and ordinances, nationally and internationally. Other classifications include, but are not limited to, family status, health status, multicultural differences, political ideas and sexual orientation.



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