Food QA Specialist Ann Arbor,
Build and support all aspects of quality assurance and food safety measures
needed to protect all product lines through effective project management and
Lead QA and food safety initiatives on designated products to include:
Risk assessment of proposed components including processing, handling
at the SCC level, potential store issues and customer impact.
Clear supplier communications to assure timely modifications,
effective scale-up and compliance to specification (note compliance to spec
is a QA function that is included in RD description. R&D does
ensure the specifications of the initial product are met, QA works to ensure
specifications are continued to be met).
Manage an effective process; assurance that supplier can uphold food
safety and spec requirements, product testing to assure microbial compliance,
and ongoing communications.
Model adherence to approval process ensuring good cross functional
communication, respect of timelines, accountability for product performance.
Act as an authority on food safety measures with suppliers and Supply
Chain centers; maintains the authority and responsibility to remove plants
and/or suppliers from the supply chain without further approval from
superiors. This same power is exercised with approval of new suppliers.
Assist the R&D team with product development, specifically value
added improvements and specification development for new products.
Model and mentor good project management skills for the QA team.
Spend significant time in the kitchen or in support of product
testing, vendor verification, laboratory testing, follow-up, etc.
Recognize areas where products/ingredients need improvement. Authorize
product changes that are associated with cost reduction initiatives to verify
there is no negative effect on quality and consistency. Coordinate
activities to verify the impact of any product quality improvements,
equipment changes, and process optimization on end product quality
Evaluate and approve
new/existing product components based upon individual product risk
assessments, rooted in microbiology scientific measures and product quality
Identify, present and provide applications of food safety technologies
and scientific measures that can enhance current and pipeline products within
Act as the expert on microbial and other food safety threats and
abatement measures as well as other food safety and quality new technologies
through supplier capability presentations, science publications, seminars and
Ensure compliance with FDA, USDA and other governmental regulatory
requirements concerning the safety and wholesomeness of all food and
Evaluate and approve shelf life extension requests.
Upon identification of
product by R&D, lead department calendar, meet approval deadlines.
Lead the development and maintenance of the QA calendar of all
projects for the QA/Safety Director.
Lead the coordination of all quality assurance timelines ensuring
project adherence to approved calendar.
Lead identifying resource needs and develop recommendations to the
QA/Safety Director on resourcing and department project prioritization.
Bachelors degree in food science or related field required. Masters
Minimum of 4-5 years of quality
assurance experience in a food manufacturing environment.
Proven history of project management and problem solving skills,
including the ability to identify issues, develop solutions and lead to
Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills across functions
and organizational levels.
Proven ability to identify opportunities, set goals, work
independently and be self motivated.
HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certification and
strong knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices, Good Laboratory Practices,
Standard Sanitation Operating Procedures, preferred.
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to
communicate with suppliers, franchisees and internal team members.
Travel up to 30%
Good Knowledge of computer skills including MS Office programs,
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