Quality & Food Safety Manager – Mishawaka, IN

 

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Company: WellPet LLC

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·         Job ID:

·         Date:10/26/2009

·         Location:Mishawaka

·         State:Indiana

·         Degree:B.S./B.A.

·         Major:Food, Science, Chemistry, etc.

·         Salary:Not Specified   Why?

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Job Types:

Food Safety, QA Management, Quality Control/Quality Assurance

Job Description

We are WellPet LLC® makers of healthy natural products for pets. WellPet is home to a portfolio of premium natural pet food brands including Wellness®, Old Mother Hubbard®, Eagle Pack® and Holistic Select®. For over 80 years, this collection of brands has had an unwavering commitment to nutritional innovation and product quality. Acknowledged as leaders in the industry, the company promise is “Your pet’s wellbeing is at the heart of all we do, that’s why we do whatever it takes to make the healthiest natural products for the pets that depend on us.” WellPet products are sold in pet specialty stores and natural food stores across North America and Internationally. If you would like to share in that promise and are an adaptable, self-motivated, creative team player, join our team and be part of a growing, dynamic company!

We are currently recruiting for a Quality & Food Safety Manager to lead Food Safety and Quality programs at our manufacturing facility in Mishawaka, Indiana. Reporting to the Director of Plant Operations this position is responsible for leading management/oversight of FSSC 22000 implementation and execution of the Site Quality Systems to ensure compliance with WellPet corporate Quality Assurance/Food Safety requirements and other related initiatives. Other responsibilities include:

• Lead integration of the current quality assurance and food safety processes into one integrated system which ties to business objectives. This includes HACCP system, regulatory audits, quality systems review process (QSR), standard operating procedures (SOP's), incoming ingredient inspections, product scoring, food safety audits, field complaints, managing Statistical Process Control system, calibration and preventive maintenance programs and standardized work instructions.

• Develop and execute Plans to achieve/maintain safe food including pest control contract and microbiological testing to assure FSSC 22000 Certification and compliance at the facility and to meet all WellPet Corporation requirements

• Manage finished product evaluation system and provide leadership to drive improvements in key customer/consumer Quality attributes.

• Train personnel and maintain all training records on critical food safety and quality requirements. Document and maintain training registry for all employees at the facility.

• Oversee monitoring, verification, and validation activities to ensure that all products leaving the facility meet the facility Food Safety and Quality Plans and provide guidance and leadership in situations where deviations have occurred or a potential risk has been identified related to food safety and/or quality attributes by assuring root causes are addressed through a corrective action process.

• Reassess Quality and Safety Food plan(s) throughout the change management process which is required whenever there is a change to program, process, procedure, ingredient, equipment, industry philosophy, technology, etc.

• Act as an active contributor on the Facility Management Team to meet all business objectives. Manage and develop all laboratory personnel both contractors and employees.

• Support the development of a supplier quality management program to help ensure the procurement of quality raw materials and packaging components used in the manufacturing of products.

• Provide assistance to product and process improvement activities by supporting research and development manufacturing trials at the site

This position is ideally suited for an individual who has demonstrated strong organizational and leadership skills in the areas of food safety and plant regulatory affairs in a manufacturing environment. Other requirements include:

• Bachelor's degree in Food Safety, Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, Engineering or related field.

• 4+ years of food processing experience, with at least 2 years in a manufacturing environment under USDA and/or FDA and HACCP.

• 2+ years facilitating food safety/quality related training events.

• HACCP Certification from a nationally / internationally recognized and accredited HACCP training firm.

• Ability to analyze processes for Biological, Chemical, and Physical hazards with an understanding of the science and support behind each type of hazard and each step of a production process.

• Experience with FDA and/or USDA Rules and Regulations.

• Experience implementing and using state of the art statistical process control tools in a manufacturing environment.

• Able to work with cross functional departments within the organization with good problem solving skills and corrective action/resolution skills.

• Strong computer skills with experience using Word, Excel, Access, Power Point.

• Ability to manage and develop personnel.

• Knowledge of SQF, ISO 22000, and FSSC 22000 are a plus.

We offer a competitive compensation package as well as medical, dental, life, short and long term disability, 401(k) plan with a company match, and generous paid time off plans. Visit us on the web at www.wellpet. To apply for this position submit your resume by email to jobs@wellpet.com. Please include “Quality & Food Safety Manager” in the subject line of your email. Local candidates only; no phone calls or third parties please.

 

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