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Food QA Specialist – Ann Arbor, MI

Build and support all aspects of quality assurance and food safety measures needed to protect all product lines through effective project management and scientific measurement.
• 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 expertise.
• Identify, present and provide applications of food safety technologies and scientific measures that can enhance current and pipeline products within the menu.
• 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 industry conferences.
• Ensure compliance with FDA, USDA and other governmental regulatory requirements concerning the safety and wholesomeness of all food and packaging components.
• 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.


Required skills:

• Bachelor’s degree in food science or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
• 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 completion.
• 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, databases, etc.

Detroit Lab Support

Job Type:


Job Status:

Full Time


Michigan-Ann Arbor


Food & Beverage

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