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Quality Program Manager - Frozen Foods – Battle Creek, MI

Hiring Company Name: Kellogg Company

Hiring Company Industry: Food & Beverage

Number of Employees: 10,000+ Employees

Total Compensation: $100K+

Reports to: Quality Director

Location: Battle Creek, MI


Job Description


Kellogg Company has a new opportunity for a Quality Program Manager in Battle Creek, MI. The Quality Program Manager develops, implements, and ensures the effectiveness of quality, food safety, sanitation, pest control, and Good Manufacturing Practices programs at Kellogg owned and/ or contracted facilities with emphasis on compliance to standard . This role also focuses on closure of gaps as identified by facility audits, recognizes quality-related deficiencies in programs, products & services and designs, and implement projects and pro-active programs to address these issues. The Quality Program Manager assists Research and Technology with existing product improvements and relocations and provides guidance, advice, and interpretation to manufacturing and distribution facilities for quality programs and issues. This position reports directly to the Director of Quality.

Additional responsibilities include:
1. Leads and facilitates the follow up with Kellogg and Contract Manufacturing plants to correct and strengthen audit gaps, incorporating third party audit deficiencies. May attend audits at each Kellogg and Contract Manufacturing facility to observe the identifying of gaps in programs or processes.
2. Accountable for ensuring that all applicable laws and company policies for quality, sanitation, and food safety are met by the manufacturing or distribution facilities.
3. Monitors data for product quality (B & C defects) and consumer complaints for plants and DCs. Works with facilities to ensure that corrective action plans are implemented, and monitors progress against agreed upon goals and targets.
4. Updates the process related Quality Manuals to keep them current and calculates and issues production formulas based on official formulae.
5. Participates in Corporate Food Reviews, and upgrades expertise in product evaluation and product images. Product quality issues are swiftly communicated to producing plants and issues are actively and jointly resolved.
6. Coordinates quality, food safety and sanitation issues within manufacturing plants and distribution centers. Develops and monitors programs for Kellogg and contracted facilities in conjunction with food safety experts to ensure that all relevant food safety programs are functioning at peak levels.
7. Executes specific quality initiatives at Kellogg and contracted facilities which support the Kellogg Company strategic quality plan.
8. Ensures compliance to current Quality & Food Safety standards in all the Kellogg and Contract Manufacturing plants. 

Position Requirements

-This position requires a Bachelors degree in food science or equivalent and a minimum of 5-7 years experience in a food production environment OR Masters degree in Food Science or equivalent and 3-5 years experience in a food production environment or a PhD in Food Science or equivalent and 1-3 years experience in a food production environment.
-Knowledge of operations and good manufacturing practices is required. Good written and oral communication skills, presentation skills, and working knowledge and use of computers are essential.
-Thorough understanding of sanitation practices and procedures and pest control is necessary.
-Must have strong people skills and the ability to manage people, programs, and projects.

This job involves considerable travel 40-60%, extended work schedules, and time commitments, tight time deadlines, and changing priorities. The incumbent must be able to conduct inspections of food facilities, this includes climbing and working within small areas, and working on weekends. Must be able to use influencing skills to drive quality improvement initiatives with manufacturing and distribution facilities.

This position requires regular attendance and punctuality in accordance with Company policies. Additionally, the ability to interact well with other employees and work overtime, as necessary, is required. All employees are responsible for implementing Kellogg EEO policy and Affirmative Action commitments.

For more than 100 years, consumers have counted on Kellogg for great-tasting, high-quality and nutritious foods. Kellogg Company, with 2010 sales of more than $12 billion, is the world’s leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, fruit-flavored snacks, frozen waffles and veggie foods. Kellogg Company’s beloved brands, which are manufactured in 18 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries, include Kellogg’s®, Keebler®, Pop-Tarts®, Eggo®, Cheez-It®, All-Bran®, Mini-Wheats®, Nutri-Grain®, Rice Krispies®, Special K®, Chips Deluxe®, Famous Amos®, Sandies®, Austin®, Club®, Murray®, Kashi®, Bear Naked®, Morningstar Farm®, Gardenburger® and Stretch Island®. For more information on the Kellogg Company, including our corporate responsibility initiatives, visit Kellogg Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer who strives to provide an inclusive work environment that involves everyone and embraces the diverse talent of its people. Kellogg EOE M/F/D/V

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