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Quality Assurance Manager

Department: Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Location: Los Banos, CA

 PURPOSE AND SUMMARY

  • Direct responsibility for the review, implementation and auditing of the following:
    • o   Food Safety and Quality Management System (FSQMS),
    • o   Facilitate the development, implementation, review and management of the Plans, Programs and other documents referenced in the FSQMS. 
    • o   Take the appropriate action to assure the integrity of the programs listed in the FSQMS 
    • o   As SQF Practitioner, facilitate, support, and coordinate activities and programs to uphold the integrity of the SQF system 
    • o   Specifically manage the following programs in order of priority:
      • Food Safety Plan
      • Food Quality Plan
      • Hold and Release
      • Customer Complaint
      • Product Recall (including mock recalls),
      • Foreign Material Control
      • Supplier Approval
      • Pest Control
  • Conduct GAP analysis and or internal audits on the Food safety and Food Quality Management system to ensure audit preparedness.
  • Educate plant with updates within quality and food safety in our industry.
  • Lead the HACCP Team meeting with emphasis on documented program equivalence to floor practices.
    • Host internal and external audits as well as customer visits that are QA related.
  • Maintain open and effective communications with all Departments within KFI and KIUS.
  • Promote an environment for teamwork throughout the plant and support the SPC programs that generate improved plant operations and cost savings.
  • Support the CI&I and Sales Departments by visiting customers and vendors; support completion of QA documentation requests
  • Support and monitor the budget and capital expenditures necessary to support the Q.A. effort.
  • Support sensory activities as needed at the facility.
  • Manage the overall integrity of the Approved Supplier program which includes tracking supplier performance, COAs, and periodic ingredient sampling and testing.

 

  • Manage all non-conforming goods through the Hold and Release program which includes the rework/reprocess procedure and the CAPA procedure.
  • Communicate and respond to customer complaints to plant departments and customers in a timely manner.  Drive root cause, corrective action, and closure with functional teams at the plant.
  • Manage the overall integrity of the Pest Control program which includes review of the inspection reports and communicating gaps to prevent issues.
  • Develop and oversee the QC Supervisor, QA Technician, and QA Analyst to effectively and efficiently perform task assignments.  Assure compliance of training to required training matrix.
  • Review and approve timesheets.
  • Attend the plant management team staff meeting on a daily basis.
  • During the absence of the Quality Control Supervisor, support lab functions.

  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Direct responsibility for the review, implementation and auditing of the following:

  • Food Safety and Quality Management System (FSQMS),
  • Facilitate the development, implementation, review and management of the Plans, Programs and other documents referenced in the FSQMS. 
  • Take the appropriate action to assure the integrity of the programs listed in the FSQMS and SQF system 

Specifically manage the following programs:

  • Food Safety Plan
  • Food Quality Plan
  • Product Recall (including mock recalls),
  • Supplier Approval,
  • Pest Control,
  • Hold and Release,
  • Customer Complaints,
  • Identity Preserved Foods

 

Host Internal and External Audits and customer visits.

 Support the CI&I and Sales Departments by visiting and hosting customers and vendors. 

Provide QA administrative support to the plant and other departments

Other functions as assigned by Director of Quality Systems

 


POSITION DIMENSIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Internal Contacts:

Direct contact with all KCFI, KIU and R&D management. 

External Contract:

Be diplomatic and clear as a Customer and Supplier liaison when required by Management.

Education Level and Focus:

Minimum of BS/BA in Science or Food Science Field.

Skills and Abilities:

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.  Possess the ability to convey technical applications to non-technical personnel.  Exercise good judgment in problem solving situations.

Technical and Analytical:

Must have excellent organizational and computer skills.  Requires great attention to detail.  Use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point) as well as an understanding of food microbiology sampling and testing is a must.  Use of statistical and process mapping software required for both participation in Six Sigma projects and routine report writing. 

Administrative and Operations:

Reliable and punctual with reports and presentations.  Possess good safety habits.

Physical Demands:

Mix of office and laboratory work.  Must be able to work extended hours on occasion and be willing to travel up to 20% of the time.

Work Environment: 

Some chemical fumes, good lighting, hot/cold and humid temperature, high noise levels, wet floors.

 

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