Position:  Quality Assurance Supervisor
Location:  Pawnee City, NE
Job Id:  250
# of Openings:  1

The primary role of the Quality & Food Safety Supervisor is to manage the Quality and Food Safety Technicians’ work; the data generated during testing, assuring samples are pulled and shipped as required by CJF procedure and customer requirements, test results are received and logged, and action taken when necessary.  The Supervisor works with the Quality Manager to ensure the Laboratory is staffed and equipped to meet daily needs.  The Supervisor assists the Quality Manager in investigations, reporting, and auditing. 
  • Ensure proper implementation of Hold Program
  • Recommend disposition to nonconforming products
  • Ensure proper operation of FIFO Program, recommending timely disposition ofmaterial or product
  • Analytical Instruments:
    • Must have demonstrated lab skills: Able to operate, troubleshoot, and calibrate the NIR, Aw meter, Computrac moisture analyzer, calipers, mycotoxin test equipment, pH meter, laboratory weigh scales, vacuum chamber for seal checks (PC), thermometers and other equipment as needed
    • Track NIR accuracy through outside laboratory wet chemistry results, and alert Quality Manager of significant differences
    • Monitor testing supplies inventory and order from approved suppliers when needed
    • Knowledge of wet chemistry
  • In-Process Sampling and Testing:
    • Able to complete all routine tests required for both Processing and Packaging side
    • Train new Quality Technicians to written Work Instructions
  • Business Systems:
    • Enter data collected from routine tests into IQS software
    • Pull production run reports of analyses data as required by Customer Sample and Report checklist
    • Update IQS Inspection data and inspection plans when needed
    • Knowledge and proficiency in all C.J. Foods Business Systems as relates to position; to include, but not limited to:
      • Place product on hold & release
      • Run Expiring report
      • Run Aging report
  • Food Safety and Sanitation:
    • Know and follow basic GMP requirements
    • Participate as member of in-house GMP Audit teams
    • Know and monitor HACCP compliance in-Process
    • Participate as member of the facility's HACCP team
    • Perform verification checks of metal detectors and magnets in area of responsibility as specified in Quality Checkpoints
    • Monitor product changeover cleaning and sanitation; assist with inspections required before product startup
    • Supervise Food Safety Team
    • Monitor all insectocuters and insect pheromone traps, record findings, and communicate with Plant Manager and contracted Pest Control Operator (PCO) for follow up action as needed
    • Assign & direct full-facility and equipment clean-up
    • Understand and ensure all Food Safety Technicians follow good cleaning practices that prevent secondary microbial contamination of equipment and facility, and are designed to eliminate existing microbial populations
    • Train Food Safety Technicians on use of standard cleaning equipment such as vacuums, brooms, scrapers, and brushes
    • Ensure proper training to operate semi-complex to complex cleaning and sanitation equipment is conducted (including Hotsy, steam hoses, foam equipment, floor scrubber, ColdJet, etc.)
    • Monitor and order cleaning chemical inventories
    • Ensure the safe and effective preparation and use of industrial strength cleaning and sanitization chemicals
    • Inspect for, recognize, report, and correct conditions or presence of stored product pests – insects, rodents, and birds
    • Monitor production cleaning equipment for repair or replacement and notify Plant Management if items are needed
    • Monitor transition zone compliance
  • Microbial Testing:
    • Prepare finished product samples for shipping
    • Prepare environmental samples for shipping
    • Ensure proper sampling procedures are used for finished product and environmental samples
  • Regulatory Requirements:
    • Ensure samples are pulled for testing as required in product specifications
    • Prepare export documents as required for customer's products
    • Assist Quality Manager in preparing for and assisting during third part audits – AIB, Cook & Thurber, etc.
  • Communication:
    • Assure operators and shift supervisor are informed of testing results by Quality Technicians in a timely manner
    • Report Quality concerns and Quality status to Operations
    • Prepare communications to customers in the form of shift reports
    • Attend and participates in Microbial Control meetings
    • Attend and participate sin Critical Incident Assessment (CIA) meetings
  • Staffing
    • Assist Quality Manager in the development of programs; implement and lead said programs
    • Mentor Quality & Food Safety Lead
    • Schedule Quality and Food Safety Technicians
    • Manage daily employee activities such as timekeeping, vacation, overtime, employee attendance policies, and disciplinary actions for Quality and Food Safety Team
    • Provide performance feedback to employees on a regular basis including performance reviews
    • Monitor accuracy of Quality technician’s work on a day to day basis, and advise Quality Manager of improvement needed or excellence to be awarded
    • Review required paperwork for completion and accuracy
  • Critical Quality Incidents:
    • Assist with investigation of Critical Quality Incidents and attend weekly CIA meetings
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean and organized work area
  • Other duties as assigned or directed
    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  (To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required).
  • B.A. or B.S. degree in chemistry, engineering, or related science;
    Minimum of three years in human food manufacturing facility, required; pet food manufacturing preferred;
  • Minimum of three years of experience in Quality, Supply Chain, R&D, or related technical experience;
  • Minimum of two years of experience in supervising, training, hiring, and developing of personnel;
  • Minimum of two years of experience in leading Quality Systems at a manufacturing site, contractor, or supplier;
  • Ability to build and lead effective teams to solve problems, make decisions, and take action within the organization;
  • Solid analytical skills;
  • Advanced technical knowledge, communication, and interpersonal skills.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  (The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.  The phrases “occasionally,” “regularly,” and “frequently” correspond to the following definitions: “occasionally” means up to 25% of working time, “regularly” means between 26 and 75% of working time, and “frequently” means 76% and more of working time.)
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, walk, and move from place to place.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, use foot/feet to operate machine, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl or reach above shoulders.  The employee is frequently required to stand and use hands to finger, handle or touch.  The employee must be able to climb stairs and ladders.
The employee must exert 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and / or up to 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and / or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).
The employee may be frequently exposed to allergens and/or airborne particles in the production area.  Production employees are exposed to temperatures ranging from 50 to 115 degrees, depending on the season and workstation, and may be working near moving mechanical parts. Occasional exposure to outdoor weather conditions may occur.
The noise level in the work environment may be loud while production equipment is running.
Personal Protection Equipment (including, but not limited to, boots, gloves, safety glasses, and/or face shields) is required during various processes in the production area. Ear plugs and bump caps are required at all times in the production area.

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