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Quality Assurance Specialist
Madrona Specialty Foods - Seattle, WA

Company overview:

Madrona Specialty Foods is the producer of the LaPanzanella brand of crackers and cookies. LaPanzanella’s Croccantini crackers are among the best-selling and fastest-growing specialty crackers nationwide. Our all natural Dolcetini artisan cookies, inspired by time-honored recipes, blend the simple elegance of European tea cookies with an array of original flavors. Our products enjoy wide distribution through specialty gourmet and natural retailers as well as restaurants and conventional grocery channels.

Job overview:
Using knowledge of food industry regulatory standards and the requirements of third party vendors (AIB, Siliker, BRC, ISO), this newly created position will audit and inspect processes and practices at our Tukwila manufacturing facility to ensure compliance with company policies, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and those mandated by customers. The ideal candidate for this newly created position will be a hands-on leader who is able to influence and drive change and enjoys teaching others.

Key responsibilities:
Conducts audits and inspections of procedures used in all areas of the plant.
Conducts follow up corrective actions with managers and supervisors to ensure facility compliance.
Provides expertise and training in sanitation and safety policies.
Keeps informational paperwork current including Kosher certificates, supplier letters of continuing guarantee, certificates of analysis and MSDS sheets.
Verifies product formula and labeling compliance.
Participates in the investigation of and response to customer complaints.
Tests and inspects product at specified stages in the manufacturing process to ensure compliance with specifications.
Reviews, verifies, files and maintains records relating to product safety, regulatory, and quality systems.
Provides expertise on food/HACCP regulatory standards as key member of plant leadership team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
College degree in related science or business area preferred.
5 years of QA experience in a food manufacturing facility, including knowledge of quality assurance methodologies and implementation within the manufacturing environment.
Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Kosher principles and safe food handling procedures.
Prior experience presenting training materials in a manufacturing setting.
Strong relationship building skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Strong Microsoft Office computer skills, and experience working with data analysis and problem solving tools.
Excellent analytical skills and detail oriented.
Ability to operate effectively and be flexible in a dynamic environment.
Bilingual English and Spanish speaking skills preferred.

Relocation assistance available.

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