QA Manager

Cumberland, WI

Posted: 06/27/2019 Industry: Laboratory - Food & Beverage Job Number: 300.19KK Pay Rate: 80,000 - 95,000

QA Manager

The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for leading the Food Safety and Quality Programs of the site on a daily basis, under the guidance of the corporate Food Safety & Quality Director, as well as ensuring compliance with all applicable regulatory and third-party requirements.  The Quality Assurance Manager will provide oversight, direction, and motivation of the shift technicians and operators to ensure the efficient daily operation of the plant while obtaining the quality and quantity of product consistent with plant and quality objectives.  This role also provides direct supervision of quality and sanitation teams, and provides indirect supervision of production associates regarding production, safety, and quality issues.

The Quality Assurance Manager provides operations with analytical support for process and product control, technical support, guidance, and training, which is crucial towards implementing and measuring benchmarks to achieve optimum plant performance.

The back-up for this position is the Food Safety & Quality Director for SQF Practitioner and Quality Manager duties.  The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for final decision making on site with regard to food safety and quality questions.  In the absence of the Quality Assurance Manager, questions should be directed to the Plant Manager and the Food Safety & Quality Director.

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

SQF Practitioner, with responsibility and authority to:

  • Manage the development, implementation, review and maintenance of the SQF system
  • Maintain document control. This includes direct responsibility for updates to all quality control and food safety documents (e.g. HACCP, GMP, Sanitation, etc.) and assistance in the evaluation of current and proposed system procedures
  • Set Quality Assurance compliance objectives and ensure that targets are achieved
  • Function as the site FDA Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI)
  • Manage and maintain the site HACCP and Preventative Controls Programs
  • Ensure compliance with food safety standards and legislation, including Organic Program, Kosher, Halal, and the non-GMO Project
  • Coordinate the daily quality operations of the site
  • Directly manage site quality, analytical, and sanitation personnel
  • Ensure the efficient operation of the plant and its staff by striving to hit plant objectives for output, quality and safety
  • Interact and communicate with Logistics and Production team regarding scheduling, sourcing, and production output
  • Work with purchasing staff to establish quality requirements from external suppliers and maintain quality documentation of all ingredients used on site
  • Maintain quality requirements of all warehousing used by company
  • Assess company product specifications for raw materials and finished products and compare them to customer requirements
  • Assign and direct employees on job tasks to ensure efficient use of all manpower
  • Ensure the accuracy of production reporting, product test results, cleaning logs, and other shift documents, including the oversite of daily batch record review
  • Ensure all required product sampling is completed, and maintain lot retains and customer sample library
  • Track and investigate complaints and respond to the vendor or customer
  • Develop and recommend test procedures for finished products and raw materials. This includes maintaining calibration of laboratory equipment calibration, ensuring test procedures are properly performed, and maintaining and trending all data
  • Function as point of contact for all food safety inspection from customers, third parties, the Food & Drug Administration, and State & Local regulators
  • Act as liaison with all third-party test laboratories
  • Manage the site pest control program
  • Responsible for training of all employees in quality, food safety, and other related programs. This includes programs such as SSOPs, cGMPs, HACCP, third-party certification standards

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Sam Kovacevic at

JO:  300.19KK


  • MS in Chemistry, Biology, or related field
  • 5+ years of overall related experience
  • Ability to manage 3 direct reports (QA Lead, Sanitation Lead and Analytical Chemist) and 20 Indirect

**If you’d like to hear more about this opportunity and others we are currently working on, please contact Sam Kovacevic at

JO:  300.19KK


Sam Kovacevic
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