Quality Assurance & Food Safety
Manager - Kansas City, KS
This position is responsible for leading and ensuring the
overall functions of the Quality Assurance Department including, but not
limited to: Quality, Regulatory, Food Safety and the Microbiology
laboratory. This includes accountability for monitoring and ensuring a high
standard of food processing sanitation at the pre-operational and
operational stages of production. The incumbent manages, monitors and
achieves high standards within the following areas: Quality, SQF/HACCP,
SSOP, Labeling, Regulatory, Microbiology and Chemistry ensuring that
operations has a consistent understanding of quality programs and actively
participates in process improvement designed to achieve quality and company
goals. The QA Manager directs the monitoring of sanitation with recorded
pre-operational inspections, recorded microbial analysis of equipment,
notifications of physical plant deficiencies and evaluation of the overall
effectiveness of plant clean up. The incumbent manages the reporting
results of all required quality assurance tests. These tests may include
slicing temperatures, slicing weights, cook temperatures, product net
weights and packaging consistency. This position directs the monitoring of
adherence to product specifications and proper processing procedures.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Implementation and continuous
improvement of in-plant programs.
- Compilation and review of
data for trends and deviations followed by reporting execution (with
operations) of corrective and preventative measure.
- Shared ownership with
operations management of product and processing issues.
- Manage accountability to the
front line, ensuring immediate reaction and resolution to situations.
- Execution of Hillshire Brands
programs as appropriate with feedback on continuous improvement.
- Manage process and program
improvement to help meet KCK and Operations goals (i.e. yields, micro
- Actively participate in new
product and new process development and implementation acting on
behalf of KCK plant as liaison to corporate R&D.
- Maintain measurement systems,
process control programs and auditing processes, as tools to verify
that customer expectations are being met.
- Channel customer feedback to
appropriate levels on the plant floor.
- Develop and maintain
professional relationships with internal customers and with USDA
- Implement SQF Level 3
- Manage SQF programs.
- Lead and drive Statistical
Process Control throughout the facility.
- Maintain awareness of, and
compliance with, all applicable Hillshire Brands policies.
- Performs special projects as
- Minimum Bachelor
of Science degree in Biology, Food, Meat Science or related field.
Master's degree a plus
- Prior management of food
safety and quality programs.
- HACCP certification required.
- USDA/Meat industry experience
- Ability to be resourceful,
demonstrate business acumen, creative thinking skills and be able to
act as a decision maker.
- Exceptional leadership
- Excellent written, verbal and
interpersonal communication skills.
- Demonstrated results
- Strong analytical, problem
solving, lean thinking and statistical process control skills.
- Demonstrated multi-tasking
and project management skills.
- Excellent planning and
- SQF Certification preferred.
Hillshire Brands focuses on providing meat-centric food
products that satisfy consumer appetites and offer exceptional quality and
value. The flagship brands of our reinvigorated company include Ball Park,
Gallo Salame, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean and
State Fair. In addition, the company produces the well-loved Sara Lee
frozen desserts. The Hillshire Brands foodservice division serves our
portfolio of products to restaurants, schools, convenience stores,
healthcare facilities, hospitality venues and other food service
operations. Collectively, these brands generate approximately $4 billion in
revenue as they touch millions of consumers in North America.
At Hillshire Brands, we believe that careers are as unique as
individuals. That's why we offer employment opportunities that give you
ownership of your career. All employees have a voice, and your ideas are
valued. As an employee of the company, your individual contributions will
make a significant impact on our overall success. Our organization benefits
from the passion of individuals working together, so as an employee of
Hillshire Brands you will have an opportunity to further develop your
skills, gain new experiences and build new capabilities.
An Equal Opportunity /
Affirmative Action Employer
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