DYNAMIC QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER – Job Posting

Do you wish to be part of a dynamic and passionate team of Innovative and highly motivated people…..

Are you looking for an exciting and challenging role, within a very supportive environment, with the chance to travel both domestically & internationally….

Do you want to work for a highly successful Independent Company who has a reputation for being innovative, thinking outside the square and delivering what it says it will…

Then you may be the person we are looking for;
Findlay Food Coatings Limited is a unique company developing interesting and innovative Food Coating Solutions. We don’t have a web site and we don’t advertise but our select group of customers know we punch well above our weight

The Findlay Family business has been in operation for 100 years in 2013. Originally commencing operations as a Breadplant Bakery, the company then logically expanded into breadcrumbs and batter coating systems. The company is now in its fourth generation of family management.

Our head office is based in Gisborne New Zealand, with two manufacturing sites situated in NZ and one in Australia. Our specialist Technical team is based in East Tamaki, Auckland NZ.

We strive to deliver our customers excellent service and excellent solutions, therefore we require excellent Staff.

We currently have a manufacturing site in Nampa and have commenced building our main plant in Caldwell Idaho where this position will be based.

This is a very important full time role within our Company, your main focus will be
bringing our sites to BRC status
You will be the key contact for our company working with our client, travelling to their sites and conducting production line trials.

You will be well supported by our Technical Manager and NZ based technical team brainstorming, creating new products with new ingredients

Essential Criteria to fill this Role:
A love of food and an enquiring mind
Being a great communicator
Excellent listening skills
A great attitude
A belief that great customer service and innovation is a key to a successful business
A relevant Science degree
The ability to move our team culture and achieve compliance to our systems
The ability to think outside the square
The ability to design protocols and implement them
The ability to research and apply new protocols
The ability to audit our processes and attend external audits representing the interests of the company
Enjoy training people and helping them develop their skills
Appropriate computer skills
An attention to detail
Supporting our customers in the USA and if required providing additional support to our customers in NZ and Australia
Ability to travel as and when required
You will need to be self-motivated and be able to work well on your own and with a team

Desirable Requirements:
It would be great if you had some previous experience within the food coating industry or in BRC but if you have all of the above then we would love to train you in what we do

Remuneration
Our remuneration package will be competitive and commensurate with your experience and ability, with a great benefits package

Contact Information:
David Findlay
Managing director
Walter Findlay LTD
Davidfindlay@wfl.co.nz

R&D Technologist

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Oregon Spice Company is a supplier of quality bulk spices, seasonings and customized blends to the food industry. We are looking for an additional R & D Technologist to join our growing team, and share our commitment to delivering Safe Food, Superior Quality, and Excellent Customer Service.

R&D Technologist

The R & D Technologist is responsible for the development of high quality, customized seasoning blends. He/she also ensures the technical documentation required to meet Company, customer and regulatory requirements is in place when needed. Reporting to the R & D Director, the successful R & D Technologist will work closely with the technical services, QA, and Sales in the development and introduction of a wide variety of products.

The R & D Technologist fills a full-time, on-site position located in our Portland, Oregon headquarters. He/she primarily works regular business hours M-F, and may be asked to work overtime and travel infrequently as business needs dictate.

Responsibilities
• Develop new products based on customer flavor profiles, applications, uses,
and other requirements.
• Match and convert seasoning formulations and recipes.
• Conduct application testing of blends using basic cooking and other methods.
• Blend R & D samples for customer testing.
• Source new ingredients including the required documentation for formulation projects.
• Develop documentation for products as required, including but not limited to:
 Ingredient statements that meet FDA regulatory requirements.
 Develop blend specifications per customer and company requirements.
 Create nutritional documentation using Genesis R&D program.
 Organize and maintain records for R & D projects.
 Maintain a clean and organized lab.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• A BS degree in Food Science or related field, or equivalent education and experience.
• Three years experience in the food industry.
• Understands and applies a variety of R & D techniques in a laboratory setting.
• Applies his/her advanced ability to develop creative and well-balanced flavors.
• Demonstrates moderate level of knowledge of GMP, HACCP and GFSI programs.
• Applies advanced knowledge of USDA and FDA labeling regulations.
• Demonstrates moderate level of knowledge of Organic and Kosher Certification processes.
• Works on projects both independently and collaboratively.
• Manages multiple, and sometimes shifting, priorities within a fast-paced environment.
• Uses a high degree of organization skills.
• Demonstrates meticulous attention to detail.
• Moderate- to highly-proficient user of Microsoft Office, Genesis, and Outlook

Qualified applicants are invited to send a cover letter and resume to Jobs@OregonSpice.com. We offer a competitive compensation plan and work-life balance.

Microbiology Manager (Food Group – Caldwell, ID)

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. These endeavors have been around for centuries and will continue to be a vital part of the global economy. We currently have a Microbiology Manager position available at our Food Group Tech Center in Caldwell, ID.

SUMMARY
The Microbiology Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the Food Group Microbiology Laboratory which provides laboratory support for the Simplot Idaho processing facility as well as fully supporting the overall Food Group Business. This position will effectively manage all Microbiologist positions which will involve supporting seven day per week coverage.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Maintain laboratory practices and systems in accordance with ISO17025 requirements
• Motivate and provide training to Microbiologist workforce
• Manage workload priorities and schedule Microbiologists as appropriate
• Maintain and measure high level of customer satisfaction
• Support Microbiologist positions to meet business needs
• Review and approve analytical results
• Manage lab operating budget
• Conduct quality improvement initiatives
• Identify and assist in implementing continuous improvement processes

REQUIREMENTS
• Master’s degree in microbiology or biotechnology field preferred
• Eight plus years’ experience in laboratory or associated environments
• Exposure to ISO17025, laboratory auditing and laboratory quality control programs
• Demonstrated managerial and training experience
• A combination of education and experience will be considered

PG: 43

HOW TO APPLY

Internal Candidates
Apply through Employee Space to Job ID #1838

External Candidates
• Visit http://www.simplot.com/careers
• Select Job Search
• Select Current Opportunities
• Select All Open Positions
• Apply to Job #1838

Please prepare a cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications and submit with your resume via our online application process described above. For best results, please upload your resume as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF document. This process includes additional job relevant questions, so plan on at least 20 minutes when you apply.

Please Note: When a position is in the interview stage or has been filled, it will no longer appear on our Simplot Careers website. If you experience difficulty applying, please contact our Employment Center for assistance at careers@simplot.com. We greatly appreciate your interest.

*The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer*

Research Scientist – Redmond, WA

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King & Prince Seafood Corporation, a global leader and processor of quality, value-added seafood products, is currently seeking a candidate for Research Food Scientist.  This career opportunity is located in Redmond, Washington. 

The qualified individual will serve as technical specialist in the development of new and improved seafood products.  A thorough foundation in food production equipment/processes, as well as strong communications, project management and team skills are required.  A BS, MS preferred, in Food Science is required, and at least 2-4 years experience in the food industry, seafood and/or meat and poultry preferred.  Expertise in food processing, new product development, batters/breadings/glazing/grilling technologies as well as shelf-life extension of processed food products are highly desirable.  The ideal candidate should be flexible to travel to our domestic and international process locations. 

We offer an excellent work environment, competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and insurance coverage, and 401k.  Additionally, our employees enjoy opportunities for professional development in a workplace that encourages initiative, fresh ideas and working and winning as a team. 

To learn more about King & Prince Seafood, please visit our website http://www.kpseafood.com

To learn more about this career opportunity, please contact:  Candy West at King & Prince Seafood, Redmond.  mailto:candy.west@kpseafood.com, 425-861-5348.

Senior Principal Scientist at HappyFamily in Boise, ID

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Position:  Senior Principal Scientist

Reports To: Senior VP of Quality and Senior Director of R&D

Location: Boise, ID

Overall Function: The Senior Principal Scientist reports to and works closely with the Senior Vice President of Quality and the Senior Director of R&D, and is responsible for the Research and Development technically based product development activities.  Secondly, the Senior Principal Scientist is accountable for leading the internal product development team to fulfill marketing and sales generated expectations for creating and executing new product concepts and finished product matches from the initial concept through commercialization stages.

This position will play a key role in working with outside product development firms to develop

finished product formulas and cost improved formulas while expanding the current finished product portfolio.  This position will work with outside product development firms focused on R&D bench development through finished product R&D commercialization at co-packing accounts.  This post will also be involved in raw material sourcing and approval, plus finished product formula costing.  The position will actively interface with marketing, the supply chain, quality, production and research and development resources.

This position will facilitate the maximization of technical resources to ensure consistent regulatory compliance with all production processes and materials.  The position will deliver R&D technical support and hands on management while also meeting the business needs of Happy Family Brands.  Lastly, this person will be actively involved with specific R&D projects at the Boise, Idaho located R&D laboratory.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Oversee technical R&D product development activities
  • Desire a detailed knowledge of food manufacturing processes, especially thermal processing (e.g. retort, hot fill hold, and pasteurization), plus extrusion
  • Ensure finished product development compliance with FDA and USDA government regulations plus Organic, Kosher and Halal private industry standards
  • Support new product plant introduction/commercialization while maintaining compliance with quality and food safety mandates
  • Oversee and generate new product development finished product specifications
  • Oversee generation of R&D product briefs, R&D plant trial reports and R&D commercialization reports

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Food Science or Food Technology in combination with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Food Technology
  • 10+ years of experience in product development within a food manufacturing environment
  • FDA and USDA regulatory knowledge and prior experience
  • Organic and Kosher certification knowledge and experience
  • Prior experience working with organic ingredients in product development
  • Completed Better Process Control School (BPCS)
  • Experience with the following thermal processes (e.g. retort, hot fill hold) and extrusion
  • Strong working knowledge of GMPs, HACCP, basic quality testing and food safety issues
  • Organization skills and the ability to multi-task major project initiatives simultaneously
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Travel may be up to 25% to oversee R&D commercialization trials at various co-packing sites

Please submit resume and cover letter to Alton Bradshaw, Senior VP Technical Services

alton@happyfamilybrands.com

Senior QA Manager/ Director of Quality at HappyFamily in Boise, ID

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Position:  Senior QA Manager/Director of Quality – Production Specialist

Reports To: Senior VP of Quality

Location: Boise, ID

Overall Function: The Senior Quality Manager – Production Specialist reports to and works closely with the Senior Vice President of Quality, and is responsible for establishing and validating the procedures (e.g. SOPs) that assure consistent quality and food safety production, while supporting the overall innovation strategy and commercialization process.  The position will also maximize the technical resources to ensure consistent regulatory compliance with all production processes and materials.  The position will deliver Quality/Technical support and hands on management of positions under the Quality and Food Safety department, while also meeting the business needs of HappyBaby Brands.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Must have a detailed knowledge of food manufacturing processes, especially thermal processing (e.g. retort, hot fill hold, and pasteurization), plus extrusion
  • Established company quality goals and food safety principles through continuous improvement ensuring compliance with OSHA, AIB, FDA, USDA, GFSI, and other relevant government and private industry standards
  • Provide routine technical support to co-packing facilities as it relates to process improvement of new products and equipment
  • Execute quality and food safety system audits of co-packers and suppliers
  • Work closely with Research and Development to support the co-manufacturing plants introduction/commercialization while maintaining all quality and food safety mandates
  • Establish and monitor production standards, examining samples of raw product and/or directing testing during processing, to ensure finished products are of prescribed quality and food safety.
  • Utilize statistical data techniques (e.g. SPC) to monitor production performance
  • Investigate customer concerns or complaints about food quality and/or food safety within a short time frame. Reduce risk through effective system design, implementation and compliance
  • Oversee and direct customer quality and food safety data management systems (e.g. iCiX, Aspirago)

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in Food Science, Microbiology or Food Technology
  • 10+ years of experience in quality and/or food safety within a food manufacturing environment
  • Ability to actively engage in the plant operations – hands on manager
  • FDA and USDA regulatory knowledge and prior experience
  • Organic certification knowledge and experience
  • Experience with organic ingredients in product development
  • Completed Better Process Control School (BPCS) and/or the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) Thermal Processing Professional Training Regiment
  • Experience working with R&D and with the following thermal processes (e.g. retort, hot fill hold) and extrusion
  • 5-10 years of experience in quality and food safety systems auditing
  • Strong working knowledge of GMPs, HACCP, basic quality testing and food safety issues
  • Organization skills and the ability to multi-task major initiatives simultaneously
  • Excellent written & verbal communication
  • Travel will be > 35% to perform co-packer and supplier audits and on-site investigations

Please submit resume and cover letter to Alton Bradshaw, Senior VP Technical Services

alton@happyfamilybrands.com

Product Development Scientist at Happy Family in Boise, ID

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Position:  Product Development Scientist

Reports To: Senior Principal Scientist

Location: Boise, ID

Overall Function: The Product Development Scientist reports to and works closely with the Senior Principal Scientist in R&D, and is responsible for delivering specifically assigned Research and Development technically based product development activities on time.  Secondly, the Product Development Scientist is accountable for completing R&D projects which meet marketing and sales generated expectations for creating and executing new product concepts and finished product matches from the initial concept through commercialization stages.

This position will play a vital role in the development of finished product formulas and cost improved formulas while expanding the current finished product portfolio.  This post will be involved in raw material sourcing and approval, plus finished product formula costing.  The position will also actively interface with marketing, the supply chain, quality, production and research and development resources.

This position will ensure consistent regulatory compliance with all production processes and materials.  The position will deliver R&D technical support while also meeting the business needs of Happy Family Brands.  Lastly, this person will be actively involved with specific R&D projects at the Boise, Idaho located R&D laboratory.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in assigned technical R&D product development activities
  • Desire a detailed knowledge of food manufacturing processes, especially thermal processing (e.g. retort, hot fill hold, and pasteurization), plus extrusion
  • Ensure finished product development compliance with FDA and USDA government regulations plus Organic, Kosher and Halal private industry standards
  • May support new product plant introduction/commercialization while maintaining compliance with quality and food safety mandates
  • Oversee and generate new product development finished product specifications
  • Oversee generation of R&D product briefs, R&D plant trial reports and R&D commercialization reports

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or Food Technology
  • 3-5 years of experience in product development within a food manufacturing environment
  • FDA and USDA regulatory knowledge and prior experience
  • Organic and Kosher certification knowledge and experience
  • Prior experience working with organic ingredients in product development
  • Experience with the following thermal processes (e.g. retort, hot fill hold) and extrusion
  • Strong working knowledge of GMPs, HACCP, basic quality testing and food safety issues
  • Organization skills and the ability to multi-task major project initiatives simultaneously
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Travel may be up to 10% to participate in R&D commercialization trials at various co-packing sites

Please submit resume and cover letter to Alton Bradshaw, Senior VP Technical Services

alton@happyfamilybrands.com