The position of Quality Engineer requires a very organized individual able to complete requests, activities, and projects on time and with a high level of quality and accuracy. This position is accountable and responsible for establishing and maintaining a vendor qualification program, for setting of appropriate methods and specifications, for the testing and disposition of incoming materials and outbound products, and for assuring the Retentions and Holds area is properly managed.
All food safety and quality requirements as described in the guidelines presented in the SQF code as well as in company policies and procedures must be carried out as described. This position requires excellent leadership, great attention to detail and excellent documentation of permanent records for use by the company and its customers.
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.
Setting of appropriate tests and specifications for inbound and finished product materials using scientific knowledge and production and QC supervisor inputs to define critical measurements
Establish and maintain appropriate sampling requirements and AQL expectations
Disposition raw materials, components, and products
Manage a supplier/vendor qualification program that includes a defined sustainable program which includes: audits, communication (internal and external), quality agreement, and other requirements as necessary to assure the receipt of high quality materials and establishment of excellent partner relationship in coordination with Purchasing.
Establish clear and sustainable communication pathways with DC management, Procurement and Production
Assure all sample and record retentions meet compliance requirements and are appropriately secured and documented
Assure the HOLD areas at the DC and Plant are maintained properly, all items are documented, and disposition is completed in a timely manner (initial disposition within 24 hours).
The requirements for this position include:
B.S. Degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, or related field is highly desired
Food processing experience preferred, with at least 2 years in manufacturing environment under FDA and HACCP.
Strong scientific background performing product testing and/or setting specifications
HACCP Certification from a nationally / internationally recognized and accredited HACCP training firm or ability to obtain certification
Thorough knowledge of quality system requirements
Must have strong organizational and leadership skills
Demonstrated ability to work with cross functional departments within an organization
Experience managing supplier relationships
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.
SysPro experience is a plus.
Work 40+ hours per week
Stand or walk for long periods of time.
Use hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
Bend and lift objects of up to 50 pounds.
Heartland Food Products Group