Quality Systems Supervisor

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Job Description: 
Hostess Brands is currently seeking an Quality Systems Supervisor in our Chicago, IL bakery location.  This role will be a key contributor to the bakery team and in helping Hostess Brands in the compliance of quality standards and ensure food safety practices.
The Quality Systems Supervisor primary responsibility will be to assist with the implementation of quality systems and programs to ensure quality and food safety standards meet key performance drivers for the business. This position in Quality will be working across multiple departments that produce a variety of Hostess products. The candidate will interface regularly as a resource and quality point of contact with cross-functional teams including but not limited to Operations Management, Engineering, Procurement, corporate Quality, and R&D.
This person will educate, train and coach appropriate personnel within the plant on the criticality of GMP, Food Safety, Business risk and Quality Management System activities and give recommendations and guidance to organization management on best practices.
This position may travel up to 5% as business needs require.
Key Functions and Accountabilities: 
In addition to following Hostess’s policies and procedures, principal duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  •     HARPC/HACCP/BRC Program management

    •         Maintaining current documentation in binders/electronic files and updating documents
    •         CCP management of metal detectors (training, validation, calibration, etc.)
    •         FSMA management for compliance and updates
    •         HACCP meeting and training management
    •         HARPC and Food Safety Plan maintenance
    •         Document control log management
  •     Product launch support

    •         Support new product development, product moves, and changes to existing products.
    •         Ensure specifications are complete and achievable at hand-off to operations
    •         Develop HACCP plans for product launches
    •         Act as quality operations liaison at the plant
  •     Support Audit processes

    •         Prepare site for Hostess and other audits and regulatory inspections
    •         Attend and guide onsite audit process
    •         Conduct follow up support on corrective actions and effectiveness checks
  •     Demonstrate knowledge of the following standards and provide guidance as needed to cross functional support groups

    •         U.S. Food GMP’s (FSMA)
    •         Hostess policies, associated documents and requirements
    •         Regulatory (Kosher, RSPO, Gluten free, Allergen Control) activities at  the plant (as applicable)
    •         BRC Standards (in-depth knowledge)
    •         HACCP certification
  •     Harmonization and compliance of Hostess Quality and Food Safety Systems across assigned operations. Steward site policy and support transition of corporate policy to local policy
  •     Conduct line assessments to ensure facility and process is capable of producing product meeting Hostess expectations.
  •     Plant assist – Support Quality Manager and Operations Audit processes through line start-ups, change overs, walk-throughs, trials, meetings, and act as general designee to the Quality Manager
  •     Prepare various reports and metrics upon request
  •     Conduct necessary training courses and education (i.e. inspection/auditor, Food Safety)

Required Qualifications:

  •     Bachelor’s degree in Science or Technology (Biology, Food Science, Chemistry etc) Or a BS in Engineering (Chemical, Food etc) required.
  •     Minimum of six months to one year of work experience in Quality or Food Safety in a food manufacturing environment required. Experience can include college internships and professional experience post-graduation.
Preferred Qualifications:
  •     Three or more years of work experience in Quality or Food Safety in a food manufacturing environment.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  •     Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications required.
  •     Excellent communication and cross-functional teamwork skills are a must.
  •     Able to maintain work area neat and organized.
  •     Visible leadership, ability to influence and drive results.
  •     Structured thinker who can layout clear action plans and drive implementation
  •     Leadership to create a shift in performance
  •     Good time management and multitasking skills
  •     Ability and willingness to take action
  •     Excellent problem solving and trouble shooting skills
Working Conditions:
  •     Manufacturing Environment
We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, and encourage minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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