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Quality Assurance Manager - Food Safety and Quality
Didion Milling - Cambria, WI




The Quality Assurance Manager provides direction for the food safety and food quality function of Didion Milling. The position has direct responsibility for the function of the Q.A. Laboratory and serves as the Food Safety Team Leader for the company as well as providing direction for regulatory compliance. This individual will serve as the primary technical representative with customers and suppliers. The QA Manager works closely with Manufacturing, R&D, Sales, Customer Service and Raw Corn Processing. Coaching and communication skills, both written and oral, are necessary for successful fulfillment of the position.

The QA Manager will have a commitment to and ownership of the food safety and quality functions. An effective QA Manager:

  • Serves as the Food Safety Team Leader and provides leadership of the HACCP program. Coaches technical and manufacturing personnel on GMP and food safety practices.
  • Oversees the supervision of the QA Laboratory and provides direction in testing procedures and practices in collaboration with the QA Supervisor.
  • Provides direction and decisions on the disposition of in-process and finished products.
  • Provides co-leadership with the Program Manager for the FSSC food safety program. This requires communication with and training for personnel involved with FSSC.
  • Serves as the primary regulatory contact for food safety and is the in-house reference for food regulatory compliance.
  • Assists Sales by:
  • Working directly with customers on product technical or product performance issues
  • Accompanying sales team on visits to current and prospective customers
  • Developing relationships with customer group
  • Leading the QA role during customer visits and audit.
  • Provides oversight and direction of the plan sanitation in collaboration with the Food Safety and Technical Superintendent.
  • Is responsible for developing and overseeing the Quality Assurance Budget
  • Provides Quality Assurance perspective for company strategic planning

WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY AND BENCH STRENGTH are significantly greater due to:

  • A proactive commitment to employee development through establishing training, on-the-job development, and mentoring activities.
  • Proactively seeks opportunities for improving food safety, quality and sanitation through close observation of the mill and working with mill personnel
  • Serves as the champion for creating a departmental culture committed to achieving unfailing support for team members working to achieve operational excellence.

REQUIREMENTS to help ensure success include:
To qualify for this position, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the desired job outcomes. Specific requirements include:

  • Bachelorís degree in food science, milling science, chemistry, bacteriology or biology from a four-year college or university
  • Minimum of five years of experience in food manufacturing quality assurance leadership. Experience with multiple manufacturing processes, including dry processing, preferred.
  • Knowledgeable of the GFSI food safety schemes (FSSC, SQF, BRC or IFS)
  • Experienced with implementing and maintaining HACCP programs
  • General knowledge of FDA and USDA regulations and CFRs pertaining to food manufacturing * Must be skilled at solving practical problems and dealing with variables
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills are required.
  • Essential personal attributes include: professional, ethical, passionate, participative and inclusive leadership style, strong communication skills, creative and solutions-oriented.

Required experience:

  • Quality Assurance Food Manufacturing Leadership: 5 years

Required education:

  • Bachelor's

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