Quality Assurance Manager

Ferndale, WA

Posted: 01/11/2024 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 10.24KO Pay Rate: 85,000 - 100,000 Remote: Experience:

Job Description

Quality Assurance Manager

The Quality Assurance Manager plans, coordinates, directs and improves the quality assurance program at a plant location to ensure the safe and efficient production of products consistent with established food safety requirements, quality standards and customer specifications.

Responsibilities include leading and developing a team of quality professionals, designing and implementing quality systems and monitoring food safety practices.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports, promotes, and enforces product safety, product uniformity and adherence to standards
  • Develops and maintains Quality Procedures in conformance with all Company, BRC, GFSI, USDA and customer requirements
  • Leads the Quality Assurance team and oversees daily Quality Assurance and operational monitoring activities; periodically reviews QA and HACCP records and applicable production records for product conformance to established specifications
  • Analyzes Quality Assurance KPI variables to identify chronic problems that result in poor quality, yield loss and rejections of finished product
  • Leads and supports teams in root-case analysis and corrective action development for product nonconformances, and internal, regulatory and 3rd party audit non-conformance
  • Coordinates activities and involvement with state, local and federal regulatory agencies as per established company procedures
  • Organizes and leads monthly plant self-audits/inspections with cross-section of plant management. Reports food safety, quality, sanitation, and employee safety concerns noted during audits and provides follow-up reports to document progress
  • Audits food safety and quality systems ats the production facility and raw material suppliers. Identifies food safety hazards and works towards immediate and long-term correction
  • Directly responsible for third party food safety and quality audits (participation, preparation, and follow-up); leads and supports management team in compliance with certification standards
  • Oversees microbiological and chemical testing of raw materials, ingredients, finished products and the manufacturing process environment; periodically reviews laboratory and sensory testing program standards, procedures, and protocols
  • Assists in the maintenance and the continued use of statistical process control software, InfinitySQ
  • Manages, monitors and coordinates testing of aging ingredient and product inventory to ensure compliance with quality policy and food safety standards. Responsible for all holds and releases
  • Leads the management team in product traceability and mock recall exercises
  • Develops staff to ensure the maximum contribution of each member toward quality assurance goals and objectives through regular performance evaluations
  • Develops and manages annual department budget
  • Develops an ongoing and cooperative program of customer complaint resolution and coordinates product review, assessment, and disposition
  • Promotes continuous improvement through on-going teaching and training opportunities. Stays abreast of new technologies and changes in international, federal, and state food regulations
  • Responsible for QA approval of specifications and coordinating and imputing deviations to specifications

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at kosullivan@cps4jobs.com.

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Job Requirements

Technical Qualifications:

  • BS degree in a Food Science/Technology, Biology/Microbiology or Natural Sciences preferred
  • At least three years of experience in food quality assurance including at least one year in supervision
  • Certification in HACCP Principles with at least 2 years of HACCP experience
  • Experience with USDA, BRC standards or other GFSI standards
  • Proficient with Excel spreadsheet, Data Base and Word software
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment with multiple constituents
  • Strong presentation and communication skills

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Kristine O’Sullivan at kosullivan@cps4jobs.com.

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Meet Your Recruiter

Kristine O'Sullivan
Sr. Partner

The Food and Beverage Division specializes in the placement of technical professionals in the food and beverage industry from entry level to executive level candidates. I have a talented group of recruiters who specifically source Technical Sales Professionals, Scientists, Regulatory Affairs, Scientific Affairs, Executive Technical professionals, Quality Assurance, Product Development, Technical Service, Nutrition, Analytical and Corporate Chefs. We work on both a contingent basis for professional level searches and retained search for executive level searches. CPS, Inc. has been in the talent recruitment business for 40+ years and we recruit nationwide.

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