Food Safety & Defense, Manufacturing/Production, Quality Control
The Quality Control Manager reports to the Plant Manager. This position is a key member of the plant management staff and has accountability for plant performance along with the Plant and Maintenance Manager. It is expected that these three positions work closely together to support the vision of the company and actively manage the plant resulting in a high level of achievement in Safety, Sanitation, Quality and Efficiency.
The Quality Control Manager effectively leads the Quality Supervisor and technicians and maintains a dotted line to the Production Supervisor and production employees along with the Plant and Maintenance Managers. The Quality Control Manager is ultimately responsible for the Quality and Safety of all products produced in this plant. The Quality Control Manager is required to oversee that the Monthly Sanitation, GMP, and Security Audits are conducted by the Plant Manager and his designated staff members. The Quality Control Manager also participates in evaluating Quality Technicians and potential Production workers.
The Quality Control Manager must have high standards and actively educate, coach, and develop plant personnel so that food handling practices, sanitation and product safety are maintained at a high level. The Quality Control Manager must also manage the Food Safety Program and all that it entails with guidance from the Director of Quality and other corporate staff. This includes but is not limited to the continual adherence to all internal, customer and regulatory requirements with the goal of being always audit ready. The Quality Control Manger also oversees the microbiological program, maintenance of laboratory equipment, ordering of supplies, provides disposition for non-conforming materials, and makes sure that all studies, data entry, COA preparation, and internal/external customer reports are maintained accurately and in a timely manner. The Quality Control Manager also makes sure that all samples that are routine or required for special circumstances such as customer cuttings are of the highest possible quality level.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Quality Control Manager is the designated plant champion to instill training and expectations to all employees that promote the production of safe, quality products in a sanitary environment.
Leads the Food Safety Team for the facility and annual review of food safety plans.
With guidance from Purchasing and Corporate Quality the Quality Control Manager modifies formulations as needed to optimize cost savings, adherence to customer specifications as well as adherence to CFD Guidelines.
Maintains programs, policies and procedures that ensure complete compliance with federal, state, and local government agencies as well as company and customer requirements.
Ensures all daily, weekly, monthly audits are performed and that corrective actions are in place when significant or persistent issues arise.
Responsible for the supervision and development of the Quality Supervisor, Quality Technicians and with dotted lines to the Production Supervisor and all Production personnel.
Shares an active role in the development and performance of Production Supervisor and other personnel.
Generates daily production folders and allocation of major ingredients based on input from the Master Production Planner.
Attends scheduling, and other production meetings as needed.
Works with the Plant Manager, Purchasing, and Corporate Quality to ensure all raw materials are available and their use is effectively communicated to the Quality Technicians and Production Supervisor.
Has the authority and responsibility for final disposition of all products produced in their facility as agreed upon with the Director of Quality.
Assists operations with rework and audits the final disposition of scrap material.
Responsible for partnering with R&D, to effectively commercialize new products in their facility. The Quality Control Manager is expected to lead commercialization projects with the support of Purchasing, Corporate Quality, Production and Maintenance to ensure customer requirements are met for new products.
Responsible for the investigation and communication of all Customer complaints for the facility. The Quality Control Manager handles all complaints responses and corrective actions in a timely and effective manner and
Responsible for the Positive Release Program. The Quality Control Manager reviews completed production paperwork for both accuracy and completeness (i.e., food safety inspections documented at required frequency, product sampled at required frequency, adherence to specification, correct lot numbers recorded on raw ingredients), overall documentation accuracy and strict adherence to FSMA requirements prior to the release of finished products.
Ensures that laboratory testing is precise and accurate individually and between quality personnel.
It is the responsibility of the Quality Control Manager to ensure that all laboratory equipment and supplies are maintained as needed.
Must be knowledgeable of all company procedures, and programs. Shall maintain, review, audit, and update these on a continuous basis as well as provide training to all employees as needed.
Oversees Plant Training Program for Food Safety and Food Quality as specified by the Director of Quality.
Actively engages and supports new business opportunities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Bachelor of Science degree or minimum 4 years’ experience in food manufacturing
Minimum of 4 years Quality leadership experience preferred
Previous food safety and quality management responsibility
R&D commercialization and tomato processing experience preferred
Strong reasoning, perception, and decision-making skills
Ability to work with all levels within the organization
Strong work ethic
Professional communication skills
Demonstrated coaching and team building skills
Experience working directly with sales and customers
Strong attention to detail
Active listening and problem-solving skills
Demonstrated mathematical and reasoning skills
Proficient with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and associated computer skills
Internal auditor training
Product development/commercialization in a tomato processing facility with a similar type process
Thermal process design
Mass balance equations related to balancing concentrations to achieve a final product
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Ability to smell, taste and view consistency of products
Ability to perform repetitious work
Must be able to lift up to 40lbs
Must be able to stand for long periods of time
New Employee Orientation
Laboratory Equipment Operation and Maintenance
Plant Sanitation Auditing
Process Flow and Controls
ERP – Hold, Release, Inventory Reporting
Paradise Tomato Kitchens Programs, Policies, and Procedures
Leadership and effective Teamwork
Coaching to effectively assist in the management of waste and yield
About Paradise Tomato Kitchens
Paradise is a food manufacturer located in Louisville, Kentucky. We create custom sauces for a multitude of customers.
Almost 30 years ago, we had the vision to bring innovative sauces, packaging, and services to the food service industry. Our desire to treat customers like family helps us stand out from other suppliers.
We are passionate about the sauces we create for our customers. Our record of food service success and customer satisfaction demonstrates this commitment.