Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance

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Job Description: 

Job Title: Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance

Location: Chicago, IL or Council Bluffs, IA

Our Company, Your Opportunity:

Plumrose USA is a company with an 80-year history of providing high quality, great tasting sliced meats, bacon, ham and ribs.  Plumrose was recently acquired by JBS, the world’s leading provider of beef, chicken and pork, with a vision of building the company into a leader in Protein Centric Prepared Foods.  This is a unique opportunity to be in a start-up environment, with the backing of a Global CPG Powerhouse.  This is a role for someone who is looking for an entrepreneurial challenge in a company with aspirations to be leaders within the CPG world.  The position will have both strategic and tactical elements.  This is an opportunity for a person who wants to think Big, dream Big and work to make Big ideas a reality.

Our Mission:

To be THE BEST in all we do.  We are completely focused on our business, ensuring the BEST products and services to our customers, a relationship of trust with our suppliers and profitability for our shareholders.  All this, we do to provide an opportunity for a better future for all of our TEAM MEMBERS.


Determination, Discipline, Availability, Simplicity, Sincerity, Humility, Ownership

Scope of Position:

To provide company-wide leadership and direction for quality assurance/quality control and food safety functions. The Director interfaces and directs, advises, and supports operations at all production and warehouse facilities with any quality, regulatory, and food safety practices. Manages and advises regulatory staff with any labeling or regulatory issues. Supports and represents the company with government agencies, vendors, customers, and co-packers. Also, directs Customer Service/Sales and advises Consumer Affairs on complaints or technical questions.


  • Lead, supervise, and manage FSQA management and direct-reporting personnel, ensuring continuing professional development, training, and overall employee well-being at all processing facilities.
  • Strong leadership and management skills in a high paced environment.
  • Provide scientific expertise and serve as a subject matter expert for programs and activities related to food safety/microbiology, regulations, and quality systems.
  • Provide technical oversight and guidance for quality related functions at all Plumrose manufacturing facilities, co-manufactures and warehouses.
  • Provide strategic leadership, guidance, and risk management for corporate food safety and quality programs and systems to include, but not limited to, HACCP, Preventative Controls, SQF or other BRC-related programs, USDA Process Verified Program and customer or 3rd party audit-driven requirements and policies.
  • Oversee all plant HACCP, pre-requisite quality programs, and all quality/food safety related programs to meet regulatory and/or customer requirements
  • Assure sampling for raw, WIP and finished product in compliance with label and specification declarations.
  • Oversee plant sanitation programs, pre-operational, and operational programs to ensure sanitary standard operating procedures (SSOPs) and regulatory requirements for food manufacturing
  • Provide technical support to corporate senior management, Sales and Production Management.
  • Oversee labeling and master specification registry for all Plumrose manufactured, distributed and sold products.
  • Maintain shelf life requirements and Listeria monitoring programs to show continuous improvement.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of statistical process controls. Ability to drive continuous improvement with Quality Programs.
  • Support Continuous Improvement with standardized work, science based problem solving and utilizing real time tools to predict quality attributes. Implement SPC, control charts, visual management, and other lean manufacturing tools.
  • Champion quality and food safety initiatives to create a Food Safety culture and mindset.


  • B.S./B.A degree and demonstrated expertise of Food Safety, Quality, and Sanitation practices required; graduate degree in Food Science, Animal Science, Biological Sciences, or closely related disciplines preferred. Experience will be evaluated and may be acceptable if lacking the degree requirements.
  • 5 - 7 years of experience in quality assurance management and food manufacturing.
  • HACCP Certified with a comprehensive knowledge of Microbiology and Shelf Life programs
  • Must be willing to travel as needed to support business needs; 25 - 40%
  • Complete knowledge and experience developing and managing HACCP, Preventative Controls, GMP, SSOP, SQF and/or other BRC and customer-driven quality and food safety requirements and programs.
  • Excellent team building, oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success managing and or supervising multi-disciplinary teams and programs.
  • Must be a professional, customer driven manager of producing high quality food products while achieving company objectives
  • Comprehensive knowledge of USDA-FSIS regulations and requirements for meat and poultry processing.
  • Strong leadership and management skills in a high paced environment.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

  • Frequently required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle/feel items, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and talk or hear.
  • Office and plant setting: the plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold (non-weather related), and working near moving mechanical parts
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.

If interested, please apply at We offer a full range of benefits including health care, life insurance, and a 401 (K) plan.

Plumrose USA is an equal opportunity employer.


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.