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Vice President Quality Assurance and Food Safety – Irvine, CA


Hiring Company Name: Confidential

Hiring Company Industry: Food & Beverage

Number of Employees: 1,000 - 10,000 Employees

Total Compensation: $165K

- Base Salary: $140K

- Bonus / Commission: $25K

Reports to: Senior VP -Operations

Location: Irvine, CA


Job Description



One of the category leaders in the food industry with over $1B in sales and growing consistently   seeks a VP - QA and Food Safety for a facility with rapidly expanding production capacity and demand.




The Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance will provide strategic direction for Company-wide Product Quality Programs and Food Safety Systems.  You will work directly with Operations management to assure implementation and adherence to these programs and systems.  Work in conjunction with R&D, Purchasing, Logistics and other departments to provide equivalent guidance throughout our Food Supply Chain system.  Be a resource to Sales organization, providing support with Customer requirements, communications and resolution of issues.




•           Development and implementation of a complete Quality Control and Food Safety process throughout the company.


•           Development of a robust microbiological testing program for all locations that ensures product safety for our consumers, complies fully with all regulatory expectations, and positions the Company as a leader in this area within the industry.


•           Responsible for the activities and performance of the Corporate Quality Assurance & Food Safety personnel.


•           Provide functional guidance to Plant Management and Plant Quality Assurance personnel.


•           Management of internal audit program for manufacturing plants, co-pack manufacturers, ingredient and packaging suppliers, and distribution partners.


•           Coordination of mock recalls for all manufacturing locations, co-pack manufacturing locations, warehouse and distribution centers.


•           Oversight of Customer and Consumer complaint response network, including product litigation claims.


•           Networking with industry organizations to provide additional Company resources and to stay ahead of changes within the regulatory agencies and industry.


•           Development of working relationships with appropriate regulatory agencies and work as senior liaison in regards to Food Safety and Quality matters.


•           Development of metrics and benchmarking for Company QA & FS performance through interaction with industry peers.


•           Standardize product quality evaluation procedures to maintain gold standard quality levels in flavor, texture, appearance and taste.  Establish regular reviews at all plant locations and create a global Corporate review process in conjunction with R&D, Sales and Marketing.








•           Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Microbiology or related field.  Graduate degree preferred.


•           15+ years of industry experience in Food Manufacturing or related field.  Preference is have specific experience with USDA manufacturing.  5+ years of this overall experience in a managerial or executive role.


•           Broad business experience to include budget and cost management.


•           Excellent written and verbal communication skills a must.  Ability to communicate and interact with all levels of the organization, including senior management, along with Customers, Consumers and Regulatory officials.


•           Strong leadership skills with the ability to plan and execute activities self-directed.  Ability to provide guidance to subordinates to manage deliverables timely.


•           Proficient in basic computer software, such as what is found in Microsoft Office.  Included spreadsheet analysis, word documents and presentation documents.






Competitive compensation package including base + bonus + relocation and excellent benefits.


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