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Quality Assurance & Food Safety Manager


Lemoore, CA

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Quality Assurance & Food Safety Manager will be part of the key operating team at Olam Tomato Processors based at the Lemoore Facility. The position will be responsible and accountable to develop the Quality Assurance Programs, Provide the day to day support to the operations team in management of product quality and ensuring Food Safety across the product portfolio manufactured at the Lemoore plant. The role requires experience in plant Quality Assurance management in Industrial/retail tomato ingredients & products with expertise in Quality systems such as BRC/SQF, HACCP, Technical expertise in the area of physical, Chemical & Microbiological analysis, lead a team of supervisors and technicians to operate the laboratories through the year.

Essential Functions:

         Ensure full compliance of all products from the Lemoore plant with all government food safety regulations, and maintain highest level of food safety.

         Ensure that facilities are in compliance with all GMP, HACCP, and GFSI (BRC) guidelines.

         Interact effectively with FDA and other regulatory personnel, food safety auditors, and customers to maintain positive & responsive relationships and assure rapid corrective actions through dynamic leadership and timely documentation.

         Develop, schedule, and direct GMP, Food Safety, and Quality Management System audits and monitor corrective actions to deficient findings for completion and effectiveness, providing gap closure assistance to the manufacturing facilities.

         Responsible and accountable for disposition of product based on Quality Inspection results and data management of the same in the SAP system.

         Lead Lemoore HACCP and Food Safety team for product designs, manufacturing processes, Food Safety plans, environmental microbiological monitoring and control programs, finished product microbiological testing programs, allergen program, and sanitation programs.

         Validate and assure compliance with established food safety and quality objectives through daily monitoring programs, team supervision, and on-going verification of internal and external laboratory or industry benchmarking.

         Establish new and improved quality/safety programs, policies and procedures to ensure that established standards of quality are consistently achieved, measured, documented and maintained. Provide food safety risk assessment information, new technology information, and risk management strategies.

         Proactively identify potential and emerging food safety issues and develop strategies to effectively investigate and respond.

         Conduct training programs for the Quality teams with emphasis on continuous improvement through identification and analysis of customer complaints and requirements.

         Support the Central QA and Food Safety team in undertaking Root Cause & Corrective actions from customer complaints and implement the corrective actions with the plant operations team.

         Host and successfully, complete QA audits from customers and BRC audit team during the tomato processing season.

         Undertake Supplier Quality Audits and ensure ingredients and packaging material suppliers are compliant as per the requirement of the BRC system and Olam QA systems.

         Responsible for maintaining the Organic, Kosher, Halal certifications for products manufactured by the Lemoore plant is as per the requirement of the customers & central QA team.

         Provide data, resources & participate in continuous improvement initiatives as applicable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies:

         Masterís or Bachelorís Degree in Food Science or Microbiology or related discipline

         Minimum 10 years leadership experience in multiple types of food processing, preferably in processing tomato or vegetable industry

         Extensive technical knowledge and experience in Food chemistry& Microbiology, Food safety, preferably in the processing tomato or vegetable processing industry

         Ability to understand plant operations which include raw tomato handling, Hot & Cold Breaks, Evaporation, thermal processing & aseptic packaging, value added retail product manufacturing & packaging

         Ability to lead and develop a team of supervisors in both technical capability and effective communication

         Strong interpersonal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to effectively work with all managerial levels, customers, regulatory, and other professional contacts

         Strong analytical problem solving skills with and ability to understand the key requirements in the Quality Systems and continuous improvement programs

         Strong communication skills and ability to build and conduct training programs to the Quality & operations team

         Team building/team leadership skills

         Knowledge of GFSI & BRC auditing schemes and requirements

         HACCP certified and experienced

         Formal audit training or equivalent certification or experience

         SAP ability and fundamental knowledge a plus

Olam Americas, Inc provides equality of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability or sexual orientation.


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