QA Manager in Idaho

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Job Title: QA Manager

Job Location: Idaho

Job Summary:

We are representing an established food processor based in Idaho who needs to hire a talented QA Manager to join their team. This position will be responsible to supervise and lead quality assurance technicians to ensure proper execution of all procedures to keep compliant with all safety and food safety regulations, quality standards, and legal requirements

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Monitor packaging quality performance against standards to ensure success of the daily packaging operations.
  • Notify management of any production, safety, quality or environment concerns within the facility.
  • Coordinate, schedule and track all product to packaging lines to meet scheduled Quality Assurance requirements.
  • Continuously promote quality awareness and assists management with quality training programs.
  • Ensure open and frequent communication and teamwork across all departments.
  • Supervise and oversee QA technicians and Special Services group;.
  • Interpret GMP, AIB, and FDA regulations, and confers with management or staff to determine quality and reliability standards.
  • Manage routine department activities and assists Supervisor/Lead to control those activities.
  • Create a team environment.
  • Select products for tests at specified stages in production process, and tests products for variety of qualities such as dimensions, performance, flavor, color, breakage, and other characteristics.
  • Conduct and present regular food safety and defense training with all plant team members (i.e. HACCP, GMP’s, etc.)
  • Conduct regular internal food safety and defense audits to verify 1st Time Quality;
  • Ensure that plant is tour and audit ready at all times.
  • Take charge of customer and other regulatory plant audits.
 Requirements:
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to motivate team efforts to accomplish goals.
  • Well organized and able to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficient PC skills in MS Office and database management.
  • Able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities with efficiency and accuracy.
  • Able to travel to all areas of the plant efficiently, including climbing stairs.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from leads, managers, and co-workers. Ability to solve practical problems and deals with variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in oral, diagram, or scheduled form.
Compensation: 80-90K, Medical and Dental Health Insurance, 401K, Vacation, Sick Leave, Relocation Assistance.

To Apply: Please send resume to Jennifer Mazza

Jennifer@Producecareers.com

Phone: 317-870-9000

Cell: 805-441-6277

Fax: (805)481-3545

Or visit us on the web: www.producecareers.com Please note: Our services are confidential. Thank You.

R&D Technologist in Fresno, CA

Research & Development Technologist
POSITION SUMMARY

The R&D Technologist will be responsible for working with the ‘think tank’ team to dream up and create new and exciting dried fruit/nut products under the industrial and retail business plans. The goal is to stay on the forefront of innovation through trend and market analysis in order to create new products before our competitors. Primary responsibilities include (but are not limited to): the execution of concept ideas to bench top testing, and ultimately, the creation of new products for consideration by the sales & marketing team. Individual will also be available to work on special projects related to industrial processing problem solving needs or new process trials. May be asked to assist in special projects related to Sample Laboratory, Incoming Quality Assurance (IQA), Quality Assurance (QA), or Food Safety.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Upholds and handles confidential information with the highest tact and discretion.
  2. Understand the concepts of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Safe Quality Food (SQF) auditing, and British Royal Consortium (BRC) auditing.
  3. Work with the R&D team and supporting staff to develop formalized product development plans.
  4. Design, outline and layout new product projects with experimentation plans.
  5. Work independently on product development ideas and projects without continued interface from management and under tight deadlines. All work is to be compiled and reported quarterly to the R&D Director and/or Vice President of Sales.
  6. Document and record details pertaining to all project work.
  7. Be able to give presentations to management reporting on project work.
  8. Become familiar with processes, ingredients, commodities, blends, raw materials, packaging, documentation, standard operating procedures and new vendors/ingredients related to Company.
  9. Will be responsible for the maintenance and sanitation of R&D support equipment as required within the scope of the position. (example: electrical issues will be handled by maintenance)
  10. Maintain awareness, handling, and separation of food grade and non-food grade experimentations, including product and equipment.
  11. Setup, conduct and maintain shelf life studies.
  12. May be asked to interface and direct people in the effort to meet R&D deadlines as required.
  13. Perform research to acquire needed information related to the R&D product development effort. This includes onsite at NRC facility or an off-site location.
  14. May be asked to attend marketing meetings to talk about ideas, showcase new product concepts, and set-up/administer product sensory evaluations as needed.
  15. Will know how to execute analytical laboratory testing methods related to product development. Will be exposed to and learn water activity, Karl Fisher moisture and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography test methods that apply to Company.
  16. Must be open to accepting duties outside of principal area of hire as needed at request of management .
  17. Upholds the Company Mission Statement.
  18. Request/source ingredients, prepare, ship, and monitor project sample requests.
  19. Communicates effectively with management to ensure a correct and timely completion of each and every task.
  20. Interface with sales representatives and customer contacts regarding product development focuses and progress. Must be able to deliver information in a professional manner.
  21. Abide by established R&D Laboratory Rules.
  22. Must learn and adhere to the National Raisin Company values.
  23. Setup, conduct and maintain shelf life studies.
  24. May be asked to interface and direct people in the effort to meet R&D deadlines as required.
  25. Perform research to acquire needed information related to the R&D product development effort. This includes onsite at NRC facility or an off-site location.
  26. May be asked to attend marketing meetings to talk about ideas, showcase new product concepts, and set-up/administer product sensory evaluations as needed.
  27. Will know how to execute analytical laboratory testing methods related to product development. Will be exposed to and learn water activity, Karl Fisher moisture and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography test methods that apply to Company.
  28. Must be open to accepting duties outside of principal area of hire as needed at request of management .
  29. Upholds the Company Mission Statement.
  30. Request/source ingredients, prepare, ship, and monitor project sample requests.
  31. Communicates effectively with management to ensure a correct and timely completion of each and every task.
  32. Interface with sales representatives and customer contacts regarding product development focuses and progress. Must be able to deliver information in a professional manner.
  33. Abide by established R&D Laboratory Rules.
  34. Must learn and adhere to the Company values.

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

May be required to assist the Incoming Quality Assurance Division of the QA Department with inspections of raw materials, commodities, nutrition/regulatory, and packaging due to the position’s familiarity with all three.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

A. K n o w le dge : Bachelors of Science degree in food science, agriculture science, microbiology, chemistry, or related science field.
1-2 years experience desired in food product development, food processing and related fields to new product concepts regarding chemical, microbiological, and physical attributes. Understanding of ingredient behavior, shelf life studies, and HACCP certification desired.
B. Ski l l s: Must be able to effectively communicate with management and surrounding staff members. Must be able to use a PC based computer with MS Office programs (primarily Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and internet web search engines. E-mail and phone communication is required.
C. A b i l i t i e s: Be able to organoleptically evaluate food products (ability to differentiate colors, tastes, odors, and other visual evaluations). Be able to move cases of product (up to 50 pounds) utilizing safe techniques and/or mechanical assistance. Be able to read and write in English, and be able to effectively communicate in English via email, phone, and in person with other associates, sales staff, customers, production staff, and management team members. Be able to comprehend instructions, follow procedures, and teach both to other team members. Be able to work in ambient temperature areas and stand/walk for long periods of time.

To apply or for more information, please contact:

Ken Nelson – Nelson & Associates (Food Industry Recruiting)
Email Me at nelson@foodrecruiter.com
Visit our webpage www.foodrecruiter.com
(425)823-0956

Human Resources Generalist – Job Posting

CommCreamery
Job Title: Human Resources Generalist
Direct Report: Controller
Hours: Monday – Friday (1st shift) with some weekend work possible
Compensation: Salary (DOE) + benefits
Location: Jerome, ID
Date: May 6, 2014
Key Result Areas:
• Provide HR support to all departments with hiring, training, and terminations
• Serve as an in-house go-to expert for all legal compliance questions

Duties:
• Create, maintain, disseminate company’s policies and procedures and monitor compliance
• Participate in employee conflict resolutions
• Maintain optimal staff levels by establishing a recruiting, testing, and interviewing program
• Review and update compensation plan by conducting pay surveys
• Schedule performance evaluations and maintain records
• Perform safety training and coordinate other training activities
• Maintain compliance with federal and state laws concerning employment
• Ensure compliance with safety regulations and audit requirements
• Perform new employee orientations and provide benefit clarifications
• Review and support the payroll function

Education:
• Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent experience in human resources field
• IHR, PHR, or SPHR certifications desired

Skills & Experience:
• 3+ years in a similar position, preferably with a manufacturing company
• Demonstrated advanced written and oral communication abilities
• Resolute problem solver with patience, empathy, and diplomacy

• Enthusiastic and persuasive advocate for compliance with company’s policies and procedures
• Ability to maintain positive attitude under pressure and work effectively with diverse teams
• Highly organized with excellent record keeping skills

Commercial Creamery Company is a leading developer and manufacturer of cheese powders, other specialty dairy powders, snack seasonings, and sauce mixes. We have been in business for 106 years and serve customers in over 30 countries around the world.
Qualified candidates please reply to: careers@cheesepowder.com