Quality Assurance Specialist II

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Job Description: 
Prinova is a leading global supplier of ingredients and manufacturing solutions for the food, beverage and nutrition industries. By leveraging our broad in-house array of capabilities as well as years of industry expertise, we support our customers throughout the entire development process, taking their product or formulation idea from concept to completion. As a single-source partner, we strive to provide our customers with the utmost simplicity and flexibility in all their processes.
 
At Prinova, we pride ourselves on hiring individuals who are innovative thinkers with diverse backgrounds. Our culture is based on the FISH! philosophy, which encourages four simple practices: Be There, Play, Make Their Day, and Choose Your Attitude!
 
Quality Assurance Specialist II
Department:  Quality Assurance
Location: US Corporate Office - Carol Stream, IL
Type: Full-Time
 
Summary
Conducts activities involving quality assurance and compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. Audits, validates, verifies and reviews quality data according to existing documents and procedures.
 
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
 
  • Collaborate annual review of all BRC programs and HACCP per the Internal Audit and Verification/Validation Schedule.
  • Complete Monthly, Quarterly, Semi-Annually, and Annual inspections as required by the BRC system.
  • Inspects the plant and distribution centers on a routine schedule; monitors deficiencies and tracks corrective actions.
  • Verifies and validates elements of the allergen control program including ingredient labeling, segregation, storage, cleanup process, verification and validation of cleanups.
  • Verifies, and validates environmental program at plant and required microbiological analysis of ingredient and finished product.
  • Review and create training to help all managers and employees understand food safety and quality requirements.
  • Take appropriate action whenever needed to maintain the integrity of the program.
  • Communicate to relevant personnel all information to ensure the effective implementation of the BRC System.
  • Maintain standards and methods to achieve high quality products. Identify testing procedures, sampling procedures and frequency of data collection, recording, analyzing, and determining corrective action.
  • Investigates root causes of food safety-related customer complaints and participates in the mock recall exercises and policy reviews.
  • Validate and Verify all established CCP’s in accordance with associated HAACP plans.  Participate as a lead member of the HAACP team.
  • Verifies and Validates quality control policies and procedures for the production plant.
  • Support the objectives of quality and production to maximize the product quality and minimize costs.
  • Prepare and participate in third party and customer audits, preparing paperwork, conducting internal audits, leading tours, answering auditor’s questions.
  • Provide training and development programs of quality and production staff.  Review and monitor that all Prinova employees are in compliance with established quality and safety procedures.
  • Devise procedures and directions for recording and reporting quality data
  • Analyze data to identify areas for improvement in the quality system
  • Maintains a safe and clean work area at all times.
 
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
Associates degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two year college or university in a scientific discipline with three to five years related experience and/or training. Bachelors degree (B.S.) or equivalent from a four year college or university in scientific discipline with one to two years related experience and/or training. Must have a PCQI certification and have an understanding of BRC, FDA, FSMA, FDA, USDA and SQF regulations.
 
Language Skills
Ability to read, understand and interpret regulatory information, industry standards, and International and Federal Food Regulations. The ability to format and create regulatory/quality documents where necessary.
 
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. Thorough understanding of unit conversions, nutritional analysis calculations.
 
Reasoning Ability
Ability to make educated judgments on correctness, accuracy, and appropriateness of information. Must be able to provide leadership, organization, and prioritize and make decisions.
 
Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Contact Management systems; Database software; Inventory software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software. Must be comfortable collecting and interpreting data.
 
Safety Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of each employee to comply with occupational safety and health standards issued under OSHA and to follow all rules, regulations, and procedures established by the Company to ensure that their actions do not impact the health and safety of themselves or others.
 

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.

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