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Manufacturing Quality Assurance (MQA) Engineer / Sanitation Specialist
Welch's - North East, PA

 

 

 

OVERVIEW:
This position will serve as the sanitation leader and expert for Welch's North East, PA food manufacturing facility. This position will provide oversight of sanitation procedures, training and equipment design. Responsibilities will include progressively increasing responsibilities in quality engineering.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide expert sanitation troubleshooting support to all areas of plant operation serving as the visible "go to" person for plant sanitation expertise interacting with plant, corporate and external personnel.
Review and maintain cleaning procedures working with plant personnel, chemical supplier and other resources.
Manage plant-wide sanitation and pest control programs, procedures, and continuous improvement.
Participate in sanitary design solution issues working with engineering or maintenance personnel. Participate in prioritizing capital projects related to Sanitation and Food Safety.
Train employees from all shifts on cleaning procedures and chemical safety -both "hands-on" and in the classroom as necessary.
Support plant training objectives that relate to quality system improvement through direct involvement in employee training.
Utilize continuous improvement tools to improve quality & eliminate waste through problem resolution, system improvements, and Standard Work Procedure development.
Conduct sanitation and housekeeping inspections in all plant areas on a regular basis to include cleaning effectiveness, procedural compliance and sanitary design. Issue reports, support departments in addressing actionable items, and follow-up to assure completion. Communicate as required any food safety issues to assure prompt resolution.
Lead process for production line certifications and sanitation procedures.
Interface with corporate and plant resources while conducting PTRs and other tests.
Ensure new processes and equipment installations are designed to provide proper sanitation and prevent compromises to food safety.
Continuously improve CIP and all cleaning processes.
Develop and enhance quality partnerships with key suppliers.
Design and conduct process capability studies.
Maintain documentation for regulatory compliance.
Perform position requirements in compliance with all company standards related to laboratory/personal safety and personnel standards for food processing.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS:
Work schedule includes normal business hours, but must be able to work various shifts in a 24x7 operation to focus on plant priorities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's degree in Food Science, Microbiology, Biology or related field strongly preferred.
5 years experience in sanitation in a supervisory capacity in the food and beverage industry
Hands on sanitation experience and expertise in food manufacturing plants.
Proven expertise in cleaning chemistry, CIP systems, and sanitary design.
Experience with HACCP, GMP's, and regulatory inspections.
Computer skills in word processing, database management and spreadsheets specifically with Microsoft Office products.
Lean Manufacturing, Quality Management and Statistical Process Control experience desired.
CQE preferred or willingness to attain certification during employment

Welch's is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer M / F/ D/ V

 

 

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