Leads Quality Control and Quality Assurance and holds responsibility and knowledge in food safety, certifications, and best laboratory practices. This position is also tasked with sustaining a culture of customer orientation and excellent alignment with Supply Chain, Operations, R&D, Sales and Regulatory.
Essential Job Functions:
Work with the business leaders and the CEO to establish a clear vision, systems and tangible goals in Quality Control and Food Safety.
Stay proactively involved in the industry through trade associations and network of peers.
Grow talent: organizational structure and hiring life cycle strategies, training, goals, performance reviews and succession planning.
Lead the organizational’ s Quality life cycle: Product Development (ensure sound design of manufactured products), Supplier Quality (risk assessment/mitigation, traceability and coordination), Production (food safety and quality culture), Product and Raw Material Troubleshooting/Improvement (reduce risk and capture opportunities by supporting initiatives) and Customers (interface and coordination for customer complaint root cause analysis and corrective actions).
Ensure the needs of the organization and the certification bodies are understood, met, and exceeded, when it comes to Food Safety (including SQF).
Develop and implement food safety policies and quality standards and procedures.
Guide the quality, specifications, shelf-life, and product safety components of R&D driven projects through the product life cycle and lead First Pass Quality continues improvement.
Ensures state of the art QC scientific methodology and both efficiency and accuracy of the results to support production and ensure highest quality control.
Develop global lab practices and procedures and work with other Kalsec locations to establish quality control labs, equipment, personnel, practices and procedures to ensure consistent and accurate quality control testing and reporting to internal and external customers.
Assist Kalsec global entities in the selection and implementation of GFSI and other needed programs to achieve the certifications needed to meet our customer and regulatory requirements
7+ years quality experience, in products, raw materials and manufacturing.
S./M.S. in Chemistry, Food Science, Engineering, Microbiology or a related discipline/Graduate degree preferred.
Experience in GFSI implementation with SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 or ISO 9000.
Successful track record in managing teams of 5+ direct and indirect reports.
Project Management/ Change Management experience.
Knowledge of GMP requirements, pest control, food defense, food safety, HACCP and food allergen handling.
Experience in one or more areas including: Operations, Regulatory, Supply Chain or Product Development (preferred).
Experience in application of statistics to problems in laboratory and production settings using commonly available software packages.
PCQI Certified, FSVP Certified.
ASQ Quality Engineer / Quality Manager / Six Sigma Certification, prior experience with the Toyota Production System and/or LEAN.
About Kalsec, Inc
Kalsec® is the leading global producer of natural spice and herb flavor extracts, natural colors, natural antioxidants and advanced hop products that help food and beverage companies make their products look better, taste better and last longer...naturally. For over 50 years, we have added value to our Customer’s brands by providing safe, reliable, innovative natural solutions while respecting the people and planet in which we interact.
Why Kalsec®?We offer outstanding career opportunities for those striving to develop their talents in a family owned, globally focused company. We nurture a culture driven by creativity and innovation, while respecting an employee’s desire for stability and a strong work/life balance.Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kalsec® has delivered a brand built on honesty, integrity and trust that will keep us sustainable for the next 100 years. Continued growth of our business has resulted in offices worldwide including Asia, Europe, Mexico and North America.