Quality Engineer

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Job Description: 

Ripple is looking for a Quality Engineer to strengthen its quality team and guarantee that its products deliver an amazing experience for every Ripple consumer, just as they are designed to do!

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES

  • Create strong partnerships with Ripple’s co-manufacturers and warehouses, ensuring an integration between Ripple’s and co-manufacturers' quality systems and timely release of products
  • Manage co-manufacturers, warehouses and suppliers performance, ensuring the delivering of high quality products, and continuously improving products and processes
  • Participate in audit for co-manufacturers, warehouses and suppliers approval and verification activities
  • Support Ripple’s pilot plant and tech transfer teams for quality management

PARTNERS

External partners: co-manufacturers, warehouses, suppliers, laboratories, regulatory and certification agencies

Internal partners: tech transfer, product development, consumer response, supply chain, pilot plant

AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY

  • Work along the tech transfer team to integrate Ripple’s manufacturing process recommendations into the co-manufacturers food safety and quality plan to ensure regulatory compliance and high quality products.
  • Identify co-manufacturers strengths and challenges, know their food safety plan and support their quality department to ensure sustained high quality of products and services.
  • Ensure the quality documentation and food safety plan stay up to date, re-evaluate risk and manage impact whenever there is a change in the product, product environment or regulation.
  • Manage the product release process to ensure products reach supply chain in a timely manner, and with the requested quality level (defining and implementing products sampling plans, release approval, holds, product tracking based on risk).
  • Manage co-manufacturers, warehouses and suppliers performance through scorecards, ensure correct root cause analysis are conducted and corrective actions are implemented.
  • Audit co-manufacturers, warehouses and suppliers when needed and follow up on action plans.
  • Manage consumers and customers feedback for the co-packers and products under your responsibilities. Work with co-packers and supply-chain to evaluate risk and advise on actions. Communicate updates to key partners.
  • Represent quality and support the pilot plant, tech transfer and supply chain in product development, sourcing and improvement projects.
  • Play the role of janitor, receptionist, IT-person, printer-jam-clearer, and general pitcher-inner alongside everyone else at Ripple!

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will have 3+ years’ worth of relevant industry experience and strong knowledge of quality systems for food manufacturers. They will have great scientific and personal skills, including:

  • Bachelor’s degree in food science or a related field
  • Knowledge of Food Safety Management Systems and regulatory requirements
  • Knowledge of quality auditing (GFSI scheme audit experience is a plus)
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret governmental regulations (FDA/cGMP), general business periodicals, professional journals or technical procedures (USP)
  • Ability to develop a management system and culture that emphasizes quality, continuous improvement, and high performance
  • Proficient understanding of risk management practices and concepts
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to influence
  • Ability to develop positive relationships and work cross functionally
  • Ability to solve problems ranging from basic to complex
  • Can effectively review data and perform analytics to drive improved quality and processes
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn technical software. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of programs with strong Excel skills
  • Detail oriented, take initiative, and work with a sense of urgency in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven teamwork and collaboration in small groups
  • Strong project management skills
  • Willingness for frequent travel to contract manufacturers, warehouses and suppliers (~40%)

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