Quality Assurance Manager, UHT Operations

Job Locations US-NJ-Flemington
Job ID
2019-1186
Category
Yogurt Operations

Overview

Johanna Foods is a state-of-the-art food manufacturer located in Flemington, New Jersey. Privately operated since 1995, Johanna Foods is now one of the country's largest producers and distributors of fruit juices, drinks and yogurt. Our products include the popular La Yogurt and Sabor Latino yogurt, Tree Ripe juices, Earth Wise juice beverages, Ssips and Sabor Latino drinks and nectars, and Ssips aseptic drink boxes, all using cutting-edge technologies and only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Johanna Foods is also a leading private label and co-pack juice and yogurt producer, manufacturing products for numerous leading retailers and brands.

 

What we offer:

Competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, short term disability insurance, long term disability insurance, vacation, and tuition reimbursement.

 

Job Summary

This high visibility position is responsible for leading and managing the Quality program at the Johanna Foods, Inc. UHT Operation.  The incumbent in this position also leads the Quality Improvement Program and acts as the plant liaison in dealings with regulatory agencies and client complaints.  The successful incumbent will be certified as SQF Practitioner, experienced in HTST and UHT processing and reporting, well versed in FDA, CFR, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Grade A and PMO regulations and is responsible for assuring excellent performance within the SQF program at Johanna (Food Safety and Food Quality).  Knowledge in the USDA NOP is beneficial.

Responsibilities

  • Continuously improves food safety and food quality performance at the plant.  Manages the internal audit program of the facility to verify that procedures mandated by the company and State and Federal governmental agencies are being adhered to.  This includes GMP’s, Sanitation, HACCP, Preventative Maintenance and Safety.
  • Installs appropriate controls, hold/release system modifications, code rotation, batching and processing controls and other production systems where problems might exist.  Troubleshoots quality problems associated with production; investigates root cause, develops and implements corrective actions, prevents reoccurrence through development of long term solutions.
  • Implements and ensures conformance to Corporate Quality assurance programs to prevent food quality or food safety issues to include environmental monitoring, pest control, sanitation, GMP’s, etc.
  • Installs and manages the plant’s quality systems.  Coordinates and manages sampling plans as per the corporate standards to monitor finished product quality, raw materials, and compositional results to ensure standards of identity are maintained.
  • Oversees the management of all aspects of the Quality Control Laboratory, including microbiological, chemical, physical and sensory aspects of all food products manufactured at this facility.  This also includes coordination of the sampling and testing effort with Production needs.
  • Manages the food safety programs (i.e. pest control, allergen, sanitation) and quality programs in the facility.
  • Develops and maintains a plant specific QA/QC manual of Standard Operating Procedures based on the Corporate Quality Manual.
  • Initiates and maintains the weight control program of all processing lines in the facility, as well as other loss-control programs.
  • Participates in troubleshooting events associated with production, ensuring root cause/corrective actions are appropriate and are fully implemented.
  • Manages the development, updates, and implementation of the plant HACCP, Food Safety, and SQF programs.
  • Manages the reviewing and maintenance of all required processing records and regulatory inspections and reports.  Develops tools to monitor deficiencies and quickly implement corrective actions when necessary.
  • Acts as plant liaison with regulatory agencies and client company representatives and auditors.  Manages regulatory issues to include Federal and State inspections, Kosher inspections, etc.  Coordinates corrective actions with Corporate QA, plant and operations management.
  • Leads the Quality Improvement Program through training of new and existing employees, including the Quality Control Technicians and Management.  This also includes coordination of consumer complaints and prevention programs.
  • Assures that plant is audit- and inspection-ready at all times.
  • Coordinates QA efforts with R&D, Technical Services, and plant involving new product launches, trials, and installations.  Coordinates all research and development testing on associated projects.
  • Stays current with all key regulatory and certifying agency guidelines.  Manages regulatory issues within assigned region.  Ensures annual permits and certifications are renewed and kept up-to-date.
  • Improves the quality metric tracking program and develops site-specific metrics relevant to JFI operations.
  • Delivers company and facility performance targets in areas of food quality attributes, food safety metrics, and cost.
  • Manages release of product following verification of conformance to specifications.
  • Supervisory responsibilities:
    • Provides work leadership to more junior level staff doing the same type of work; may assist in training and checking work of more junior level staff.
    • Provides direct supervision to subordinates, including making hiring/firing decisions, providing training and development opportunities, and conducting performance reviews and coaching sessions.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of BS in Science / Food Science / Technical Discipline
  • 5-10 years previous Quality Assurance experience in food/beverage manufacturing environments with emphasis on ESL, HTST, and/or Dairy equipment
  • Knowledge of plant production systems, FSMA, SQF, GMP, HACCP, sanitation, plant safety, quality systems, Non-GMO Verified Project, kosher regulations
  • Must be well versed in FDA, CFR, FSMA, Grade A and PMO regulations
  • Minimum level of responsibility as Quality Assurance Manager for a food manufacturing facility.

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