Lead, develop coach and train the QA Plant team, including direct reports and dotted line to the Sanitation Supervisor
Implements Impossible Foods quality assurance programs for the plant and third party warehouses to ensure compliance with FSMA and GFSI requirements.
Facilitate problem solving and develop a culture of Food safety and product quality continuous improvement
Develop and manage a quality scorecard to monitor performance against established metrics.
Assist R&D and product development department with projects as assigned.
Ensure that manufactured products are produced in compliance with company specifications, policies and government regulations.
Conduct Food Safety, GMP audits and ensure the successful implementation and maintenance of programs to achieve compliance with international, federal, state or local regulations as they apply to health, food safety, and labeling requirements.
Participates in food tasting and product evaluation to ensure stringent quality controls are met and nuances in the flavor profile are detected to protect a uniform taste profile.
Responsible for effective implementation and/or utilization of approved analytical methods to ensure the high quality of raw materials, semi-finished products, finished products and packaging materials.
Work directly with cross functional team members to ensure qualification of new equipment, processes and new products
Manage regular case cutting product review, retention samples and quality assurance monitoring program.
Investigate consumer complaints. Implement corrective actions and resolve complaints.
Prepares Plant for 3rd party audit and SQF readiness and qualification
Maintains various quality related programs including but not limited to SPC, environmental monitoring, sanitation, allergen, HACCP, microbiological testing, weight control, product recall and self-audits.
Apply scientific methodology, use of root cause and statistical analysis tools to support recommendations for process improvements and drive continuous improvement.
Responsible for managing the pest control program to ensure a pest free environment.
Manage the Microbiological testing program, interpret result and provide recommendations for improvements
BS degree in Food Science or Biological Science field
Minimum 5 years Quality Assurance experience in the food industry at management level
Rare to Occasional ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
Specific Knowledge and Skills:
Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail
Ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects/workload
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Firm understanding of GMP’s, HACCP, SSOP’s, SQC Certification process, FSMA and SPC
Strong analytical, organization and process development skills
Excellent computer skills with working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to work with individuals at all levels of management and build effective cross-functional (internal and external) relationships