Hourly Rate (if applicable):
Leads department leads and/or quality hourly team members in executing both food safety and quality systems functions. Partners with corporate quality and cross functional plant operations teams to support plant goals. Assist with the training and implementation of all practices and procedures associated with Food Safety, Food Security and Food Quality. Ensures audit readiness and drives continuous improvement.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Collaborates with Quality Manager to ensure proper metrics and processes are established and executed to reduce complaints and hold product.
Leverages proper routines as well as problem solving to ensure appropriate attention on shop floor to manage health of processes (food safety and quality) and identify root cause for deviations and process interruptions.
Drives continuous improvement processes and tools across Quality and Operations team to deliver consistent reduction in complaints (consumer and customer); delivers first time quality targets.
Coaches the quality and operations team to deliver quality objectives; applies sound motivational and correctional techniques, including employee counseling and disciplinary actions and recognitions for good work.
Stays abreast of employee contributions and potential growth so that opportunities for greater contributions can be capitalized.
Ensures proper scheduling to effectively staff the operation as well as appropriately manages time and attendance for the department.
Contributes to the development of effective employee training programs. Conducts training and promotes continuous learning of staff resulting in a flexible and agile workforce.
Works with Department Manager to plan and manage department activities in accordance with agreed budget.
This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS
Minimum level of education required
Minimum number of year(s) of experience required in addition to education plus type(s) of functional experience
Other required type(s) of functional experience (e.g. Production/Operations, Accounting, Forklift Operator, Inventory Control, etc.)
Experience presenting concepts and ideas to employees at all levels of the organization as well as external customers in business and technical fields.
Experience writing and interpreting complex documents in a clear and concise manner.
Proficient use of computer and analytical software. Able to develop, interpret and apply specification parameters.
Expert knowledge of statistics and SPC.
Knowledge of USDA Grades and standards for the almond industry.
Strong technical background and ability to analyze laboratory reports and technical data.
Required to keep Quality Assurance documents current.
5 years of assurance/quality control experience in a manufacturing environment
Other job requirements (e.g. certifications/licenses, CPG experience, work overtime/weekends, etc.)
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES (Specialized education, specific software experience, etc.)
Experience in the nut industry preferred.
Food manufacturing experience and Continuous Improvement (LEAN,TPM).
Technical knowledge with food processing equipment, understanding of SPC and associated tools, knowledge and application of SQF, quality standards, and associated requirements.
Typical number of Direct Reports
Bachelors (Required), High School/GED (Required)
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Blue Diamond Growers (BDG) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital/familial status or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law. BDG also complies with all provisions of the U.S. Government's Executive Order 11246 dated September 24, 1965 and the rules, regulations and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.
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