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Quality Analyst - Quaker Food and Snacks



Date: Apr 11, 2013

Location: Barrington, IL, USA

The Specification & Quality Assurance Technologist supports the accurate and consistent creation and central documentation of all specifications across the BU R&D. This role helps facilitate the specification process with Product Developers, R&D QA management, Purchasing and Suppliers. Key accountabilities of this role will also include development and implementation of relevant tools and processes that support changing business needs, and to apply quality assurance principles to ensure compliance and targeted performance.

Ingredient & Finished Product Specification Administrator which includes:



         Creation of rigorous R&D business processes enabling the central documentation and approval of specifications.


         Collaboration with product developers across all Quaker Foods and Snacks BU's.


         Review of new and existing R&D specifications during compilation to identify specification gaps and inconsistencies requiring R&D development support.


         Setting and maintenance of sufficient specification review cycles for R&D Developers.


         Execution of advanced searches across specification databases (not currently implemented) to support spec maintenance or to drive critical business resolution.


         Training of R&D Developers to create, write, document, and secure approval of ingredient and product/process specifications.


         Tracking of volume and approval status of new and existing specifications.


         Support of specification routings, documentation and distribution to Supply Chain.


         Reporting of Quality performance related to specification activity and documentation as part of regular QA performance reviews.


         Assurance of personal safety for self and colleagues.






         BS FS&T


         Bachelor to Master's degree in Engineering or Food Science or related discipline preferred.


         5+ years of R&D product experience


         Previous experience in Pharma or Regulatory preferred.


         Familiarity with ISO Standards a plus.


         Knowledge and ability to evaluate specifications, analytical methods and food properties with ingredients and products.


         Solid computer skills, including experience in databases


         Understand of basic product development elements, and principles of quality assurance and control, including sensory.


         Solid interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively across functional teams, resource levels and especially with ingredient suppliers.


         Must possess effective oral and written communication skills.


         Must be willing and able to travel 15-20% of the time.



Equal Opportunity Employment M/F/D/V

Ref: 27891BR

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