QA Specialist / Food Scientist

Lakeside, FL

Posted: 02/08/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 45.19KK Pay Rate: 50,000 - 80,000

Job Description

QA Specialist / Food Scientist

This role will be responsible for ensuring the adherence to QA/QC standards by co-manufacturers of dairy based products and supplier facilities as well as verifying product consistency and manufacturing processes.

This position will work form the corporate office and will insure company remains current in appropriate and effective QA/QC practices as applicable to the dairy commodity products and value-added items developed by their R&D team.

Major objectives to be accomplished in this role include:

  • Execute (develop as needed) processes that monitor and maintain the quality of company products
  • Support and confirm the execution of quality programs at co-manufacturers to meet customer needs
  • Assist company’s R&D process with appropriate technical information related to production abilities and production procedures

The most frequent and most essential work activities in this job include:

  • Effectively commercialize products and maintain documents for successful production of products
  • Support and execute the company supplier approval program, including sampling plan, annual reassessments, and documentation review
  • Monitor corrective actions implemented at facilities to address quality issues with customer and plant
  • Review and audit production records to evaluate and confirm manufacturing process, product quality, consistency and plant performance
  • Confirm formula authenticity and accuracy
  • Maintain and monitor the accuracy of commercialization documents once new products have been commissioned including routinely auditing the accuracy of production records at manufacturing plants
  • Maintain (and assist with development as needed) supplier and co-manufacturer standards
  • Lead audits of co-manufacturers and suppliers for adherence to regulatory, industry, customer and company standards. Address findings with manufacturing facility and ensure appropriate corrective actions are implemented.  Provide effective coaching and teaching to address audit findings and company requirements
  • Assess and recommend best practices as observed during audits and visits of co-manufacturing facilities and suppliers
  • Develop manufacturing and quality standards for manufacturing facilities using analytical data from product testing at company, historical data, production data and calculated values
  • Evaluate and assess plant quality, capability, needs, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities through relationship building with plant personnel and routine visits to plants
  • Review and maintain 3rd party audits and corrective actions for all plants actively manufacturing company products
  • Develop and maintain product specification sheets for company products including accuracy of nutritional software program Genesis SQL
  • Develop and maintain labels in accordance with customer and regulatory labeling requirements
  • Remain current with regulatory requirements, guidelines, and regulations as they pertain to company products

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

JO:  45.19KK


Job Requirements


  • 1-5+ years’ experience in food industry, manufacturing, R&D or bachelor’s degree in appropriate and applicable science field (food science, biology, chemistry, food engineering)
  • HACCP certified (training will be provided if necessary)
  • Proficiency and thorough understanding in one or more of the GFSI schemes
  • SQF Training (training will be provided as necessary)
  • Knowledge of 3rd Party Audit practices

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

JO:  45.19SK


Meet Your Recruiter

Sam Kovacevic
Technical Recruiter

Proven recruiter with 15 years of experience specializing in the Food and Beverage sector.  

Strategic, Independent Recruiting Professional.  Uniquely experienced in providing qualified candidates to a broad scope of companies with talent needs. Passionate Leader who takes a trusted advisory approach to making an impact and finding the best talent available.

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