Plant Quality Assurance Manager

Madison, WI

Posted: 05/05/2023 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 155.23JF Pay Rate: 80.000 - 120,000 Experience:

Job Description

Plant Quality Assurance Manager

We are immediately hiring for a Plant Quality Assurance Manager.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for food safety and quality
  • Manage the department and direct supervision of staffing; this includes but is not limited to hiring, training, evaluating performance, discipling, wage review, and scheduling or directing the work
  • Mentor and develop staff to ensure they have the proper skills and knowledge to effectively perform the required duties and deliver the required results
  • Direct and manage your staff to ensure: Compliance with state and federal regulations, third party audit requirements (including but not limited to SQF & NSF) customer requirements, and internal quality programs. Prompt and complete follow up on corrective actions noted in audits
  • Manage the sanitation function, including pre-operation equipment inspections and ATP, coliform and environmental swabbing to assure the cleaning of plant and equipment is effective and efficient. Employees are trained in safe handling of chemicals and lock out-tag out procedures
  • Food Safety/HACCP plan is managed, maintained and improved as requirements and internal processes change. Food Safety/HACCP requirements are met on a continuous basis
  • Manage costs to budget requirements including O.T. and cost of materials, etc.
  • Ability to facilitate change through employee involvement for continuous improvement of lab functions gaining efficiency and enhancing our food safety systems
  • Pre-requisite programs (as defined in SQF) and FSMA preventive controls are effective and updated/improved as required. Programs are compliant with requirements and documentation is current
  • Onsite customer, regulatory, and 3rd party audits are managed properly; including prompt follow up and corrective action where necessary
  • SQF, Kosher, and Halal certifications are maintained for existing products and new product or ingredient introductions when applicable
  • Raw material and finished product specifications are accurate and properly maintained in our computer systems; including the development of specifications for new raw materials and new finished products
  • Food safety & GMP training provided to plant operation is effective
  • Pest control program is effective and managed properly
  • Environmental monitoring program is effective in maintaining a sanitary condition within the plant, including prompt follow up on out of spec conditions and investigation of root cause / effective preventive action plans
  • Vendor approval program is effective, and risks are being identified / mitigated; ingredient and vendor documentation is up to date and filed
  • Follow company change management program
  • Customer complaint program is being managed properly; including investigation, root cause analysis, corrective action, and timely written response back to customer
  • Stay current with changes to 3rd party audit expectations and regulatory agency requirements (SQF, FSMA, NSF, FDA, WDA)
  • Provide technical support to customers when needed
  • Serve on Safety Committee, plant leadership team and other committees as needed
  • Implement, maintain, monitor, and manage quality assurance systems and policies, including internal and external quality audits

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Jeff Fee at

JO:  155.23JF

Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ degree in dairy science, food science, or a biological science or other equivalent experience preferred
  • Strong understanding of HACCP, FSMA and GMP’s as they relate to food safety programs
  • Ability to communicate effectively throughout organization, vendors and regulatory agencies
  • Food manufacturing experience preferred
  • Prior experience in the dairy or cheese industry is preferred
  • Prior experience in manufacturing is a plus
  • Knowledge of FSMA, HACCP, GMP’s, PCQI, OSHA and loss control programs is highly desirable
  • HACCP, PCQI and SQF trained a plus. HACCP certification required within one year, if not already certified

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Jeff Fee at

JO:  155.23JF

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