Assistant Manager - Quality Assurance

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Job Description: 

When you join the Lakeside team, you’ll become part of our family. Since 1887 we’ve produced a diverse line of canned and frozen foods at our 13 locations. We sell our products through most major retailers, food service distributors and national restaurant chains. We’re driven to find new, innovative ways to serve our customers and our community.  At Lakeside, we're committed to growing our company – and our people. And there’s a seat at the table for you.


This position is responsible for assisting the Quality Assurance Manager in the management of the quality control functions and quality control personnel at the Plainview facility.  Also responsible to carry out the policies of Lakeside Foods to produce a high quality product consistent with customer specifications and government regulations.


  • Ensure all Federal, State, and Local laws and regulations as well as Lakeside Foods Policy and Procedures related to food safety and quality are followed at all times.
  • Ensure the proper application of 21 CFR 113 for thermal processing of low acid canned foods including proper equipment, proper calibration for CCP monitoring equipment, proper application of the filed scheduled process, etc.
  • Ensure updated and proper application of all SSOPs, bacteriological monitoring and investigation, and sanitation inspections.
  • Ensure the maintenance of all quality control programs, procedures, documentation, and statistical records including X-Bar Charts.
  • Review all daily processing records to ensure compliance to 21 CFR 110, 21 CFR 113, customer specifications, Lakeside Foods Policy, etc.
  • Determine the quality level of product and assign grades based on Lakeside Foods Policy and Procedures
  • Assist in FDA, USDA, State, Third Party, internal, and customer audits and inspections.
  • Communicate real-time quality data to all affected departments to ensure customer specifications are continuously met.
  • Thoroughly investigate and respond to customer complaints on a timely basis.
  • Ensure proper management of held product, storage condition, and quality of labeling, packaging, and shipping operations.
  • Ensure employees maintain work areas in a safe, clean, and orderly manner.
  • Notify Quality Assurance Manager or General Manager immediately if any unsafe or potentially hazardous conditions are discovered.


  • A Food Science degree or Technical courses in Chemistry, Bacteriology or a related field, with one or more years of practical experience or a combination of both. A knowledge of vegetable canning/ freezing is preferred.

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, customers, and the general 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 solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


  • Through individual and team efforts, enthusiastically work toward the continuous improvement of his/her job, work area, department and Lakeside as a whole. Fully participate in TAL by "living" Lakeside's Standards of Conduct and being an active member of operational and project teams.  By action and work, clearly and visibly demonstrate the spirit of teamwork, cooperation and respect for others in all business transactions and exchanges.

           Proactively create an environment that clearly and sincerely                         encourages the spirit of TAL in all areas of responsibility.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers.


  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Lakeside Foods welcomes people of all backgrounds and the varied ideas they bring to the workplace. Being an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer is part of our heritage and culture. We recruit, hire and promote employees based on qualifications and merit, without regard to race, religion, age, gender, disability, marital or veteran status.


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.