The Quality Assurance Specialist is responsible for coordinating Document Review, Implementation and Specification Maintenance. This role requires a very organized individual with a strong understanding of Thermal Processing and Microbiology to be able to complete tasks on a timely basis and maintain permanent records for the company and its customers.
Essential Duties and Key Responsibilities:
Review Batch Processing and associated records to ensure compliance with cGMP and GDP requirements. Effectively communicate problems to Production management and initiates corrective procedures.
Identify and log Process Deviations and initiate the Root Cause Analysis and CAPA process.
Responsible for initiating appropriate actions that address Food Safety concerns, including escalation to Quality and Operations Management.
Create and maintain One Point Lessons and SOPs related to Food Processing/Safety for Operations.
Responsible for developing monthly quality trainings and presenting along with the quality portion of new hire orientation.
Assist in the maintenance of the SQF code guidance spreadsheet and support FSSC 22000.
Assist in internal audit program and mock recalls.
Supports the QMS process.
Act as a backup to the production coordinator for the Creation and Maintenance of MSPECs and all finished product labels.
Collaborate with site and department leaders to develop and maintain the most efficient quality assurance procedures for respective areas.
Generate ideas for continuous quality improvement and participate in the development and implementation of new policies, procedures and/or programs.
Maintain a work environment committed to sustainable safety by enforcing safety rules, setting a safe example, coaching and communicating to department associates the reasons for safe operations.
Must be available to assist off hours if required
All other duties as assigned
BS Degree in Food Science, Microbiology or Engineering preferred.
1-3 years of food manufacturing QA experience. Knowledge of Thermal Processing and/or Aseptic Processing required.
HACCP Certification from a nationally / internationally recognized and accredited HACCP training firm or currently in the process of obtaining preferred
Knowledge of FDA regulations and SQF experience required
Strong expertise in Quality Assurance and cGMP/GDP requirements.
Must have strong organizational and leadership skills
Demonstrated ability to work with cross functional departments within the organization
Strong communication skills required - both verbal and written
Excellent problem-solving skills and corrective action/resolution skills
Strong computer skills with experience using Word, Excel, Power Point.
Must be able to physically perform the functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions
Must be able to work seated using a computer and phone for long periods of time.
Must be able to work extended hours, such as daily overtime and an occasional weekend
Must possess visual acuity to document company records
Continuous walking throughout plant and distribution center.
Lifting up to 40 pounds
Heartland Food Products Group