Manager, Quality Assurance

For more than 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has brought families together to share memorable meals and moments. Guided by a vision to engage, delight, and inspire consumers through trusted food and beverage brands that bring joy throughout their lives, Smucker has grown to be a well-respected North American marketer and manufacturer with a balanced portfolio of leading and emerging, on-trend brands. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker's??, Folgers??, Jif??, Dunkin' Donuts??, Crisco??, Caf?? Bustelo??, R.W. Knudsen Family??, Sahale Snacks??, Smucker's?? Uncrustables??, Robin Hood??, and Bick's??. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Rachael Ray?? Nutrish??, Meow Mix??, Milk-Bone??, Kibbles 'n Bits??, Natural Balance??, and Nature's Recipe??. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about our Company, visit jmsmucker.com.
Manager, Quality Assurance
Orrville, OH
Plant Manager
The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for the supervision and development of salaried direct reports and all Quality Assurance laboratory and Food Safety personnel. This position will assure compliance to all affiliate quality policies, procedures, and specifications, and all Federal, State, and local regulatory requirements pertaining to the manufacture of safe and wholesome pet food products. The position has the authority to stop production systems when quality standards or food safety is jeopardized, and to hold ingredient, in process materials, and finish product goods, and render dispositions within corporate Quality Assurance guidelines. This position provides technical support to the manufacturing plant aimed at producing quality and food safe products at a least cost. This activity includes quality systems development and maintenance, work instruction development, training, formula deployment, audits, project support, new product commissioning, and employee and organizational development. This position drives continual improvement in both quality systems and food safety and sanitation as measured by internal and external audits, and factory goal achievement.
Member of the Plant Leadership Team
Lead the Quality Pillar for the plant, setting direction, building capability, maintaining 90-day plans
Build skills and capabilities in Quality Key Element Owners and Functional Leaders. Ensure effectiveness of site QA training program (new hire and ongoing QA training.)
Provide coaching to plant operations on quality systems and day-to-day quality issues
Drive continuous improvement in the quality programs
Serve as product & process technical expert
Accountable for the development, maintenance and implementation of Food Safety and Food Defense plans for the plant
Assure internal specification and governmental regulatory compliance
Lead preparation and follow up for all internal or external quality audits and FDA/health department audits
Responsible for annual verification and validation of BRC and SQF system requirements
Accountable for ensuring food safety including sanitation procedures and programs - PCQI certification
Adhere to FSMA requirements, HACCP requirements and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs)
Responsible for plant quality results including finished product release and timely disposition of holds
Perform and/or oversee HACCP and GMP audits of the process as well as employee training in these areas
Review and evaluate Consumer Complaints. Provide investigation support to Corporate.
Develop and maintain quality documentation for the plant.
Manage Quality and Sanitation department budgets including invoice approval and reconciliation
Own outside service contracts for pest control, 3rd party lab testing, janitorial services
Act as plant recall leader
Coordinate and support all commissioning of new products and processes and issue final sign off for the plant
Lead and develop direct reports
A Bachelor's Degree is required; an Engineering, Food Science, Microbiology or other related science degree is preferred
At least 3 years of work experience in the food industry, pet food is preferred
Food Science or prior QC experience is preferred
Previous people management experience is required
A working knowledge of FDA Regulations, including cGMPs and FSMA
Experience leading a site thru corporate and external audits
Ability to lead capital projects pertaining to 'quality'
Excellent inter-personal skills
Ability to coach, teach and lead others
Strong Communication skills (written and verbal)
Strong problem-solving skills using Critical Thinking techniques
Ability to make decisions under pressure
Works well in a team environment
Strong data analysis and technical skills
Willingness to relocate for future opportunities
Represents JMS in a positive, professional manner

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