ConAgra Foods (www.conagrafoodscareers.com/)
Full Time Employee
Manages the day-to-day functions within a functional area of the Enterprise Quality group. Supports management in the implementation of relevant quality processes and procedures, the daily management of activities related to such processes and procedures and in the supervision of professional employees reporting to the position. Leads cross functional teams to ensure effective implementation of quality initiatives and processes. Owns the definition of technical objectives related to assigned responsibilities.
Ensures food safety and quality of all products produced; Responsible for ensuring specifications are defined and communicated, formalizing process capability, institutionalizing process control and predictive quality process; Performs inspections of processes, employee training, compliance with applicable food laws and regulations and verifies plant HACCP plans; Defines best lab practices and provides guidance and adherence to quality policies; Actively participates in resolving customer complaints; Integral part of plant leadership team; Provides support to Sales, R&D and Operations on customer issues, questions and concerns. When absent, the Senior Quality Specialist will assume the roles and responsibilities of the Manager of Plant Quality.
Administering Quality Assurance and overseeing sanitation programs which allow the plant to operate within USDA guidelines; Participating in the startup of new product production at the plant facility, balancing cost and quality considerations; Staying current with USDA and FDA regulations and applications; Maintaining open communications between USDA and FDA personnel and plant management.
Manages subordinate supervisors who supervise a total of 20 to 40 employees in Quality Assurance; Is responsible for the general direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units; Also directly supervises administrative support personnel; Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Authority for personnel utilization, disciplinary action, and refers to the Human Resources Manager for dismissal of employees.; Authority to purchase laboratory supplies; Authority to stop production, hold product, and reject ingredients which are out of specification; Refers to the Plant Manager for authority to perform special tests and/or change manufacturing procedures.
KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
B. S. degree in Biology, Food Science, or equivalent and six to eight years experience and/or training in the food industry; or equivalent combination of education and experience; Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents; Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community; Ability to effectively present information to top management or public groups; Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis; Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to walk, taste, and smell. The employee is occasionally required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, and feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, and crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close and color vision. The physical demands described here are representative 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 functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment fluctuates from quiet to loud. 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.
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