Quality Assurance Specialist

E.A. Sween Company Annandale , MN 55302

Posted 4 months ago

We are always looking for talented, hardworking people to join the E.A. Sween family.

We are a family-oriented company that understands the significance of our employees and we are successful because of our incredibly committed team. We have a great opportunity for a Quality Assurance Specialist on 1st shift. The hours for this position are 7 am

  • 3:30 pm, mainly Monday

  • Friday.

E.A. Sween is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minority/Female/Veteran/Disability

SUMMARY:

Actively contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of company food safety and quality programs to ensure our customers have a great experience with our sandwich products.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:

EAS Food Safety & Quality

  • Execute assigned food safety, quality and continuous improvement activities to support the SQF Code requirements as updated.

  • Develop, execute and maintain the CAR process for supplier quality, operations food safety & quality issues, and customer complaints.

  • Obtain information regarding quality issues via Redzone RMIF, emails, and DMM.

  • Complete the Corrective Action Request form and communicate issues to suppliers or operations as appropriate. Copy Production Management, Purchasing, Planning, and Food Safety groups.

  • Review responses and save in the CAR file.

  • Follow up when more information is required to close the CAR.

  • Execute supplier defective transactions and ensure affected product is destroyed or returned to the supplier.

  • Follow up on supplier questions regarding invoice deductions/short pay issues.

  • Track information for the Supplier Score Cards.

  • Follow up on customer, consumer and route complaints. The CAR process may be used when issues are the result of operations failure.

  • Summarize customer complaint data each from JDE E1 each quarter, analyzing the data for trends. Issue completed report to FSQ personnel, Operations Management, Director of R&D.

  • Train as a backup for the FSQ Supervisor. Completing functions such as:

  • Review quality checks, microbiology documentation, and sanitation documentation in Redzone and complete sign off.

  • Complete pre-shipment reviews (CCP metal detection, allergen sequencing, allergen statement on label) for Target products.

  • Communicate sanitation issue to the sanitation supervisor follow up.

  • Work with the Quality Control Lead to respond to quality issues in RTE production, prep room and storage areas.

  • Manage the hold program at Annandale, including working with JDE E1, physically managing inventory, and updating the hold log.

  • Attend daily floor huddles as well as DMM to update the team on quality issues.

  • Ensure accurate shipping of swabs to Eden Prairie.

  • Use lab equipment such as pipettes, autoclave, etc. to prepare environmental monitoring swabs.

Regulatory

  • Create and update GMP training materials for Operations new hire orientation, refresher and maintenance training. Work with 3 shift sanitation manager to create GMP refresher training.

  • Present new hire GMP training as scheduled by HR.

  • Coordinate and present GMP refresher training for operations and related personnel three times per year and for new hires as scheduled.

  • Coordinate and present maintenance GMP training for new maintenance personnel and annual refresher training.

  • Update GMP slides for Deli vision monthly.

  • Help update GMP boards in hallway to lunchroom and GMP room entrance.

  • Provide 3-4 GMP slides to Deli Vision monthly.

  • Update the training matrix for annual training of pre-requisite and preventive control program training.

  • Track re-training provided to employees as a means of preventive action.

  • Monitor employees for GMP compliance and record infractions into the Redzone checklist.

Safety

  • Cooperate with all aspects of the safety program at E. A. Sween Company

  • Follow employer safety and health rules, policies and standard work.

  • Complete the mandatory E. A. Sween Safety Training Sessions.

  • Report near miss conditions to my supervisor or the safety team.

  • Maintain 6S in your work environment.

  • Be an active member of the safety team.

  • Provide one safety slide for Deli Vision monthly.

Financial

  • Submit budget needs for the next fiscal year to the Director of Food Safety during September
  • October.

Personal Development

  • Professionally represent EAS to our supplier, industry and government.

  • Enhance qualifications for the Quality Control Auditor position by attending related seminars or classes as directed by supervisor.

  • Support lean initiatives by participating on teams and following the team process.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BS degree in Food Science or biological science preferred or 1-2 years of Quality Assurance experience in the food industry

  • HACCP or PCQI preferred. Certification is required within 3 months of employment.

  • Experience training employees regarding GMP preferred

  • Knowledge of MAP (Modified Atmosphere Packaging) desired

  • Knowledge of SQF principles desired

  • Computer skills required (Windows, MS Word, MS Excel)

  • Basic math, problem solving skills, aptitude for cloud based technology and good organizational skills are required

  • Attention to detail and legible writing is a must for documentation

  • Must be able to work independently and as a part of a team

  • All hires will need to successfully pass a drug screen and background check

EQUIPMENTS/MACHINERY USED:

  • Over-Under Bench Scales

  • Thermometers (Probes/Infrareds/mercury in glass)

  • O2/CO2 analyzer

  • Lippke 4500 package tester

  • Metal Detector

  • Data Logger

  • Office equipment

  • Autoclave

  • Pipettes

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Must be able to lift waist high and carry up to 35 pounds.

  • Must be able to remain on feet for extended periods of time

  • Must be able to go up and down stairs several times a day

  • Must be able to work at refrigerated temperatures for extended periods of time

  • Must be able to work overtime including some weekends and early mornings

  • Work under pressure, yet maintain skills needed to perform functions as described

  • Maintain and extend a positive attitude to work environment and be able to accept/withstand negative feedback from others

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