Integrity Staffing Solutions
Integrity Staffing Solutions

Food Safety & Quality Assurance Team Leader

Pay: $70,000.00 to $70,000.00 Per Hour
Swedesboro, New Jersey
Direct Hire
Posting date: 6/24/2019
Job ID: 61070


Assisting with this position:
Ken Bode

Job Description
Job Description


Position Reports To: Director, Food Safety & Quality Assurance

Position Overview

The Food Safety & Quality Assurance Team Leader drives shareholder value by ensuring food safety and the production of high quality products that meet our specifications and consumer expectations while maintaining an excellent rating for our quality system. Reports to the Director, Food Safety & Quality Assurance, and works closely with the Production Manager, employees within the New Jersey Processing Facility, office and an external Food and Drug Administration Inspector. The FS & QA Team Leader leads the development, implementation, maintenance and improvement of the Food Safety and Quality Systems. The FS & QA Team Leader liaises with the Canadian Operations to align the Food Safety Programs to the extent possible. He / she proactively implements processes and procedures to maintain annual Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certifications. The FS & QA Team Leader will direct the work of a Quality Assurance Technician, a Meat Inspector, and a Quality Assurance line worker.


Major Responsibilities

  • HACCP Program Support: Maintains a thorough knowledge of quality systems including HACCP programs.  Stays current with changing regulatory requirements, implements and communicates new processes and procedures to remain compliant. Signs off on Critical Control Point checks completed by the QA line worker as outlined in the HACCP and SQF requirements.
  • Certifications: Is responsible for internal, third party or government inspections and audits. Manages all re-certification audits for the New Jersey production facility (SQF, HACCP, GMP).
  • People Management: Supervises the QA team and provides direction, development, and regular coaching and support.  Administers the Company’s Human Resources Policies and Procedures with respect to hiring, management, discipline, and performance decisions for staff. Oversees and verifies the activities of the QA Meat Inspector and QA Technician, ensuring all required documentation and inspection of the raw materials and finished products are complete and accurate.
  • Investigations: Checks and investigates customer returns and complaints; follows up on possible reasons for complaint (temperature abuse, date expiry, over order, etc.). Performs micro analysis if required.
  • Records and Reporting/Verification: Maintains corporate policies relating to Food Safety and Quality. Keeps accurate records for traceability.  Regularly reports to suppliers with findings and documents corrective action.
  • USDA Label Approvals: Maintains and updates all USDA label approvals.
  • Communications: Ensures timely communication with Sales and Suppliers regarding changes in shipments or specifications verifying changes are noted as acceptable. Manages the hold and release program, and takes appropriate action when any product fails to meet required specifications.
  • Training: Assists with creating, modifying and conducting relevant HACCP, Food Safety and GMP training for production plant employees to ensure HACCP policies are met and followed.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned, and initiates recommendations to further enhance the company’s recognition as a top employer.





Key Success Measures

  • There are zero non-compliance Food Safety and Quality Assurance issues in the Company
  • Product is received, processed, shipped and controlled according to specifications
  • New hires receive HACCP, GMP and Food Safety training to perform their duties
  • Training programs are updated and training records are maintained
  • Surveyed and measured customer feedback scores meet or exceed target around quality, service, integrity, and food safety


Qualifications & Considerations for the Position

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science, Microbiology or related field
  • 5 years food safety team leader experience in the food (raw meat) processing industry, butchery knowledge and meat grinding QA experience an asset
  • Product, processing, packaging and specification knowledge an asset
  • In depth understanding of SQF and HACCP system. Able to navigate easily through FSIS USDA websites and SQF program to locate specific sections of the program pertaining to daily tasks
  • Thorough knowledge of quality assurance principles, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meat processing regulations and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)  and Food Safety Enhancement Program(FSEP) and Good Manufacturing Practises (GMP) standards
  • License and previous experience getting USDA Label Approvals
  • Experience upholding all state regulations
  • Organized self-starter with proven ability to manage and effectively follow up on multiple projects and assignments and meet all deadlines
  • Excellent observational skills with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Able to collect, maintain, evaluate data, summarize and write reports, and recommend continuous improvement
  • Good oral, written and communication skills; able to develop and maintain strong working relationships with production and office staff and external FDA Inspectors
  • Proficient in computer software, such as inventory / traceability software, manufacturing software and Microsoft Office
  • Strong teaching, coaching, mentoring skills, willingness to train others
  • Team player with high integrity, values and a positive attitude
  • Able to effectively handle the high stress, time and work demands that come with responsibility as FS & QA Team Leader

Integrity Staffing is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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