Quality Assurance Manager

Company Name:
Judge Executive Search

The Judge Group is seeking an experienced Quality Assurance Manager for a large food manufacturing company in Illinois.

Reports To: Director of Quality

Position Summary:

Responsible for establishing and/or managing a quality assurance system and team that promotes customer satisfaction Champion continuous improvement efforts and defect reduction initiatives Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point program (HACCP); (e.g. Food Quality Safety) Food Safety and Food Quality systems consistent with the SQF Code,
Develop, implement, manage and integrate a HACCP program for manufacturing.
Serve as the primary quality control resource for problem identification, resolution, loss reporting and continuous improvement.
Act as USDA liaison.
Support concurrent engineering efforts by participating in design development projects representing quality assurance and the customer.
Design, implement and document procedures for process control, process improvement, testing and inspection.
Establish and implement metrics (process capability, control charts, measurement quality) for monitoring system effectiveness and to enable managers to make sound product quality decisions
Perform root-cause analysis and other problem solving activities to identify effective corrective actions and process improvements.
Establish collection and analysis systems of statistical data to predict trends that will affect improvement of product quality.
Analyze customers' product specifications to establish efficient, cost-effective requirements for ease of manufacture and reproducibility.
Develop quality planning methods for all product lines.
Develop process certification standards and assist in process certification.
Monitor vendor performance and establish criteria and rating system for critical vendors.
Review customer purchase orders, contracts and change requests and ensure that the necessary criteria and provisions are included in quality and process plans.
Interact with customers to identify opportunities to improve quality and establish feedback with manufacturing and development personnel.
Oversee calibration and testing programs.
Report to management on quality issues, trends and losses.
Review suppliers purchase orders and establish supplier quality requirements.
Participate in internal and external quality audits.
Interface with supplier and customer quality representatives concerning problems with quality control and assure that effective corrective action is implemented.


BS/BA in Food Science, Microbiology, Chemistry, or related fields
5+ years' experience in QA systems implementation and management
5+ years' experience in developing, implementation, and maintaining HACCP and Food Safety programs in a USDA environment
SQF/GFSI/BRC certification and experience
Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
Strong computer skills including quality control applications, word processing, spreadsheets and databases
Thorough understanding of general safety requirements
Travel as needed to customers and other facilities
Work Environment/Physical Demands:
Work performed in an office and factory settings
Exposure to shop environment such as noise, cold, damp environment and allergens
Occasionally required to lift up to 20 lbs
Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, reach and move about facility

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