Quality Manager - Food Manufacturing, SE MN

March 16, 2020

As Quality Manager you will be directly responsible for the implementation of quality systems and initiatives within the facility.  This position is responsible for the daily operations of a single plant as they relate to the production, packaging, receipt, storage, and release of food products manufactured within the facility.  The individual in this position must establish relationships with not only her/his direct reports but within all departments in the organization to effectively cultivate a culture in which safety, quality, and productivity goals are met.   


In this leadership role you will report to the Director of Quality who travels between 6 plants, so my client needs an individual who is a self-starter, able to manage a group of technicians and a quality supervisor in one of the best core management teams within the company.


Job Responsibilities:

  1. Developing, educating, maintaining, and motivating a quality team through a context of accountability, ownership and empowerment.

    1. Formulate and manage the development and implementation of goals and objectives as they pertain to the position’s direct reports.

  2. Create, implement, communicate, and maintain food safety and quality plans to ensure compliance to the corporate Quality Management System (QMS) ensuring conformity with regulatory and 3rd party standards and acknowledgement of customer standards.

  3. Responsible for the implementation of the Quality Management System (QMS)

  4. Responsible for practicing cross-functional management reviews of the business’s quality performance and driving action from those metrics.

  5. Active Participation in the alignment of quality activities between all corporate manufacturing sites ensuring that the department’s goals and practices are harmonized.

  6. Team with the R&D group to introduce and maintain product supply.

  7. Partnering with other members of the expanded leadership team to cultivate a quality culture that allows the company to surpass our customer’s expectations in quality.

  8. Review and Approve non-conformance’s in the facility.

  9. Maintain a trained team that performs internal GMP Audits in order to maintain an audit ready state within the factory.

  10. Appropriately and effectively represent they company during all external (Customer, 3rd Party, and Regulatory) facility audits.  Ensure closure of related corrective actions that result of said audits.

  11. Initiate and support continuous improvement and elimination of waste and variation in processes using established improvement processes.

  12. Must develop cooperative relationships with other departments

  13. Responsible for the quality budget


Education and Experience:

  1. Must have an Associate’s/Bachelor’s degree. Food Science is preferred, however other sciences (Biology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) will also be considered.

  2. Must have recognized 3rd party HACCP Training/Certification (or related experience).  A certified PCQI and SQF Practitioner is preferred. 

  3. Proven understanding and experience working is a 21 CFR part 117 is required, an understanding or experience in 21 CFR part 111 is a plus.

  4. In depth knowledge of quality tools such as: Design Reviews, FMEA, Control Plans, Fault Tree Analysis, Product Validation/Verification using statistical techniques is desired.

  5. Experience working in a certified Quality Management System (QMS).

  6. Experience hosting regulatory, 3rd party and customer audits.



  1. Proven aptitude for coaching, mentoring, and teaching.

  2. Effectively communicate at all levels of an organization, both internally and externally.

  3. Function at a high level in both a team environment and independently.

  4. Maintain flexible work schedule to contribute and support a 24 hour manufacturing operation.

  5. Excellent Project Management skills, and ability to work project through to fruition.

  6. Proficient in MS Office; specifically Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.

  7. Ability and willingness to learn, understand, implement and follow documented work procedures

  8. Demonstrated ability to function in a fast-paced environment while moving multiple simultaneous projects forward


Company offers full benefits, excellent base salary - if you enjoy working with a smaller team/environment this is something for you to consider.  I've worked with this company for over 8 years, having placed the Quality Manager 7 years ago who is now the Director.  This is a fun group to work with!


Please send resume to sharon@mccordexecutivesearch.com









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