Quality Assurance Operations Manager

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Job Title: Quality Assurance Operations Manager

Company: Agropur

Location: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Description: The Quality Assurance Operations Manager is responsible for maintaining Agropur's Food Safety and Quality Assurance Program including all planned and systematic activities within the quality system that are demonstrated to provide confidence that the product meets quality requirements.  

The Quality Assurance Operations Manager provides leadership for all quality and food safety programs in an operationally complex ingredient and contract manufacturing facility. Operations within this facility include processing specialty ingredients, private label, and contract manufacturing blends sold to leading retail, food, beverage, and nutritional customers world-wide.

  • Manage the formulation, implementation and maintenance of basic policies, plans, programs, standards and techniques necessary to achieve food safety and quality objectives.
  • Manage the development and maintenance of methods and systems for measuring the degree to which Agropur's food safety/quality goals, objectives and standards are being met; utilizing the results in the effective management of Quality Assurance activities and recommending corrective actions as needed.
  • Interface with sales, suppliers, customers, manufacturing, and distribution to establish food safety and quality requirements on individual products and services based on customer need, the function of the product and compliance to applicable regulations.
  • Manage food safety and quality assurance functions to ensure that proposed and existing products and processes are reviewed to avoid or eliminate food safety and quality issues; developing recommendations for improvements that increase product uniformity, reliability, and customer satisfaction.
  • Ensure all operations comply with government and agency regulations; manage all audits with such agencies.
  • Responsible for providing a safe work environment.
  • Communicate effectively with employees, maintenance, quality, management and other team members.
  • Responsible for department budget and cost management activities.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.

Experience, Skills and Abilities: 

The Requirements (Minimum Qualifications):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in food safety, chemistry, microbiology, engineering or related field required.
  • Minimum seven (7) years of quality assurance/quality control experience in food processing and/or dairy production required.
  • Previous supervisory experience required.
  • HACCP Certification required.
  • PCQI Certification required.
  • Knowledge of Food Quality and Food Safety programs including GMP, HACCP, CAPA.
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow documents and procedures (GLP, SOP, MSDS, GMP, test procedures, and HACCP) and translate into workable plant procedures including implementation and accountability.
  • Intermediate math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, comparative analysis, measurements, statistical analysis).

The Extras (Preferred Qualifications):

  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered.
  • SQF Certification preferred.
  • ASQ CMQ/OE Certification preferred.

Hours/Employment Type: Full Time

Salary: N/A

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