Associate, Quality Assurance - 2Nd Shift

Hostess Brands LLC Indianapolis , IN 46218

Posted 3 months ago

Hostess Brands LLC

Hostess is one of the largest packaged food companies focused on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling and distributing fresh baked sweet goods in the United States. The brand's history dates back to 1919, when the Hostess CupCake was introduced to the public, followed by Twinkies in 1930. Today, Hostess produces a variety of new and classic treats including Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Donettes and Fruit Pies, in addition to Twinkies and CupCakes.

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Job Overview:

Hostess Brands is currently seeking an Quality Assurance Associate in our Indianapolis, IN bakery location. This role will be a key contributor to the bakery team and in helping Hostess Brands in the compliance of quality standards and ensure food safety practices. There is a position available on 2nd shift.

The Quality Assurance Associate will monitor compliance with quality standards on production floor to ensure product conforms to specification and food safety practices and assist in documentation involving HACCP, Food Safety, and Good Manufacturing Practices.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in Quality or Food Safety in a food manufacturing environment. A High School diploma is required, but one with an Associates or higher education is desired.

This is an hourly non-exempt role working Monday- Sunday during the bakery run schedule which may be an 12 hour shift.

Key Functions and Accountabilities:

  • Monitors production to ensure all documentation is complete. Monitor scaling of raw materials, mixing of batter and icing to ensure compliance with formula cards (i.e., correct ingredients, correct lot codes, quantities). Audit compliance of specific gravity and temperatures.

  • Monitors the baking process to ensure baking specifications are being followed, check product for done-ness, compare to color standards, and check internal temperatures.

  • Monitors cooling process to ensure product is being adequately cooled without any adverse effects.

  • Ensures product specifications; weights, color and other attributes of finished product.

  • Monitors packaging to ensure correct labeling, date coding, and correct packaging is being followed.

  • Conducts organoleptic tests of finished goods to ensure acceptance to standards, taste, eye appeal, odor etc.

  • Advises QA Manager regarding questionable product, discarding of bad product or possible stopping of production line to correct or prevent product quality issues.

  • Monitors production processing and assist operators in making adjustments to processing methods during production to improve product quality & consistency.

  • Monitors metal detectors and scales to ensure complete accuracy.

  • Assists production employees with label printing as necessary.

  • Works with production and warehouse to control, maintain, and/or improve as appropriate the handling, storage and usage of all other materials.

  • Provides individual or group training to production employees on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), product specifications, SPC, production controls, formulas, visual quality inspection criteria, GMP, Food Safety procedures.

  • Assists in development of SOPs by working with production operators to understand current operating procedures, identify best methods, help document new and/or update existing standard operating procedures.

  • Assists in developing HACCP plans, SOP's and maintaining food safety programs for BRC/AIB audits.

  • Performs GMP inspection.

  • Controls and retain samples and associated reports.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • One or more years of work experience in Quality or Food Safety in a food manufacturing environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates degree in a related area of study is preferred

  • Two or more years of work experience in Quality or Food Safety in a food manufacturing environment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Understanding of commercial bakeries and bakery equipment.

  • Understands the functionality of ingredients with time and temperature in the baking process.

  • Understands the unique equipment in a bakery production plant, along with operation of that equipment relative to the baking process. Ability to trouble shooting equipment to ensure optimum efficiency and product quality.

  • Empowerment, Collaboration, Motivation, and Enthusiasm - effectively leads, coaches, trains, and motivates people to follow established standards.

  • Effectively monitor performance of direct reports and provide feedback to improve performance.

  • Oral and Written Communication Skills.

  • Successfully coaches, trains, and follows up with people to ensure production goals are met.

  • Personal Computer Skills - Familiar with MS Excel and Word

Physical Requirements:

Ability to stand, walk, kneel/squat, climb, bend and lift to a maximum of 50 lbs.

Working Conditions:

  • Manufacturing Environment

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, and encourage minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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Associate, Quality Assurance - 2Nd Shift

Hostess Brands LLC