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Director of Quality Assurance – Food Pro –Columbus, OH

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

 

Statement of Purpose

This position is responsible for providing leadership, direction and alignment of the food safety and quality assurance program across 6 company owned food manufacturing facilities.  This position will must have a broad understanding of food processing, food safety and quality assurance processes and continuous improvement, and various regulatory affairs issues.  The Director of Quality Assurance will evaluate new technologies, analyze and solve problems, pro-actively address emerging issues and provide technical leadership across the entire food products organization.

Accountabilities

  1. Carries supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  2. Ensures that the manufacturing processes are executed to “best in class” industry standards.
  3. Aligns Food Safety and Quality Assurance Programs Across All Plants
  4. Maintains Plant and Product standards and specifications.
  5. Oversees all Plant Food Safety and Quality Compliance (GFSI, BRC, Food Defense, etc.)
  6. Oversees compliance to FDA, USDA and FSIS Regulations. 
  7. Oversees product complaint resolution.
  8. Maintains a positive relationship within the industry.
  9. Facilitates regulatory humane handling compliance programs. 
  10. Performs other job-related duties as may be assigned or required.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  KNOWLEDGE

  • High quality and effective communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office, Word, Power Point and Excel, Internet) and an understanding of technology opportunities
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and organizational leadership skills along with superior analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Strong Project Management skills
  • Strong leadership qualities– ability to build teams and influence at all levels of the organization and a third party advisory board, via keen business acumen, professional competence and personal integrity
  • Strong ability to manage people in the implementation of quality assurance programs across multiple facilities in multiple cities
  • Ability to express technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences

 EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Requires a Bachelors degree, preferably in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry or other related field; with a minimum of 10 years of experience in food safety; Masters and/or Ph.D. or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience and professional knowledge in the development and operation of quality control information systems, applications and analysis of testing and inspection procedures
  • Minimum of 5 years experience and expertise in quality assurance and food safety management of a food manufacturing facility. Multi-plant experience in USDA and FDA inspected facilities is required; pork background is a plus.
  • Expertise in regulatory affairs and requirements for FDA, USDA and other appropriate regulatory agencies
  • Expertise in GFSI standards and requirements for BRC and SQF certifications
  • Direct experience with third party audits like AIB, Silliker, Cook and Thurber, Steritech, etc.
  • Direct experience with LEAN manufacturing and Six Sigma methodology
  • Consultative approach with OPS in implementing projects

TRAVEL REQUIRMENTS

  • Must be willing to travel 50% of the time including some overnight travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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