Quality Assurance Manager in Waycross GA

CPS, Inc. (Food & Beverage Division)
Quality Assurance Manager
Job ID: 
Waycross GA
110,000 - 120,000
Job Types:
QA/Lab Manager
Employment Type:
Full Time

Quality Assurance Manager

The Quality Assurance Manager plans, coordinates, directs and maintains 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:

  • Contributes to a positive and proactive safety culture.  Demonstrates strong commitment and leadership to providing a sustainable, safe, and healthful work environment
  • Promotes, supports, and ensures compliance with all food safety and quality practices, policies, and initiatives
  • Fosters a work environment consistent with company pillars of safety, quality, fairness, engagement and teamwork
  • Supports, promotes, and enforces product safety, product uniformity and adherence to standards
  • Develops and maintains quality procedures in conformance with all company, BRCGS, BAP 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 and tracks Quality Assurance KPI’s to identify chronic problems that result in poor quality, yield loss and rejections of finished product
  • Leads and supports teams in root-cause analysis and corrective action development for product non-conformances, and internal, regulatory and 3rd party audit non-conformances
  • 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 at 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 deployment, maintenance and administration of QA software platforms
  • 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 plant management team in product traceability and mock recall exercises
  • Develops staff to ensure the maximum contribution of each member toward QA goals and objectives through regular performance evaluations
  • Develops and manages 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
  • Approve product specifications, coordinates deviations to specifications

Technical Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Food Science, Microbiology, or closely related field
  • 5-10 years’ experience in food quality assurance including 3 years in QA management
  • Certification in HACCP Principles with at least 5 years of HACCP experience
  • Experience in processing batter / breaded proteins, preferably seafood
  • Experience with BRC standards or other GFSI standards
  • Proficient with MS Office applications
  • 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.

JO:  760.22KO

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