Quality Assurance Manager

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Job Description: 

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Job Category: Food Safety and Inspection

Job Type: Employee

Job Posted: April 7th, 2021

Ken’s Foods Las Vegas is hiring!

Come join an amazing team in our state-of-the-art facility located in the Southwest Las Vegas valley. We are looking for A+ talent to deliver our brand of dressings, marinades and BBQ sauces. If you are passionate about safety, quality, respect, mutuality and freedom – we want to hear from you! Ken’s is a family business that traces back to the basement of Ken’s Steakhouse, a restaurant in Framingham, Massachusetts that became known for its delicious salad dressings. To this day, Ken’s is still owned by the same family, as they continue their tradition of flavor obsession. Joining Ken’s Foods is becoming part of an enthusiastic team. Whether you’re in our state-of-the-art facilities or in our corporate headquarters, you’ll enjoy a warm company culture and get all the tools you will need to succeed in your career.

SUMMARY

The Ken’s Foods Quality Assurance Manager directs the development, implementation, and maintenance of comprehensive Quality Assurance and Quality Control programs within our facilities. The Quality Assurance

Manager provides the leadership, direction, and support as necessary to ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state regulations and support as necessary to meet or exceed relevant internal and external Quality

standards. The Quality Assurance Manager must possess the ability to develop and maintain relationships with all levels within the organization to include all employees at both the corporate and plant levels. The Quality Assurance Manager needs to be able to indirectly lead change across all departments.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Promotes Quality compliance through effective administration and enforcement of company policies.

• Responsible for ensuring compliance to internal Quality Assurance guidelines.

• Promotes employee engagement and development through effective training, feedback, and reviews per company guidelines.

• Develops and manages standard work for QA department employees.

• Oversee the development and execution of Quality programs that ensures compliance with company, customer, and regulatory expectations.

• Develops and manages QA Lab practices in accordance with company expectations.

• Manages the maintenance and calibration of all essential QA testing equipment.

• Manages technical training and retention programs for all QA Technicians, QA Leadership, and QAS personnel.

• Develops and manages an incoming raw materials and packaging program that focuses on specification adherence.

• Provides periodic QA awareness training per requirements to all location employees.

• Works closely with R&D on new formula implementation and problem formulas to ensure all QA monitoring parameters are understood and can be effectively tested for.

• Responsible for overseeing customer complaints resolution with emphasis being placed on understanding cause and preventing.

• Works closely with peers to improve QA processes and/or resolve QA related product and/or packaging issues.

• Works closely with Food Safety Manager to ensure all food safety initiatives are consistently met.

• Works with Food Safety Manager to ensure facilities are audit ready all the time.

• Ensures compliance with corporate standards and systems to monitor food safety, food safety culture, quality and facility cleanliness

• Commitment to safety begins with management. Managers and frontline supervisors are accountable for creating and maintaining a culture of Safety and assuring a safe work environment

• Responsible for developing Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) that are Quality Assurance specific, tracking KPI performance, and working with broader peer group to develop improvement initiatives that will improve QA processes and results.

FOOD SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES

• Lead by example to ensure our highest quality manufacturing practices are being met

• Ensure team members follow all Ken’s Food Safety and GMP policies

• Ensure all work is completed in a safe and sanitary manner

• Ensure team members produce product free of contamination

• Ensure team members Report any suspicious activities anywhere in or around the plant

• Ensure team members Inspect work area for any possible product contamination issues on a continuous basis

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s Degree (BS or BA) in Biology, Chemistry, or a Food Science discipline preferred; or four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience specific to reliability centered maintenance or total productive maintenance disciplines.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability

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.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

SQF Practitioner

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS

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 regularly required to walk. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

ESSENTIAL MENTAL ALERTNESS REQUIREMENTS

• Work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner

• Ability to perform tasks involving high levels of cognitive function and judgment • Not mentally or physically impaired from any cause that can adversely affect ability to safely and competently perform the duties of the position • Ability to take prompt and appropriate response to operating conditions

• Ability to work in an unfatigued state

• Ability to accurately gauge lengths of time and distance

• Ability to quickly store and recall instructions in one’s short term memory

• Ability to concentrate

• Ability to cope with sudden changes in surrounding and/or emergency situations and/or alarms

• Demonstrated caring, committed and concerned attitude about safety

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is frequently exposed to risk of electrical shock. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; high, precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; explosives; and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

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Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.