QA/QC Manager - Aurora, CO

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Job Description

Position Summary:

QA/QC Manager will perform complex, non-repetitive, technical duties relative to managing QA/QC functions within the plant. Provide leadership to plant and Lab and personnel to assure that internal and external procedures and product specifications are achieved/maintained. Must be able to work with a cross functional team representing and providing technical expertise in both Chemistry and Microbiology of products. This team would include Marketing, Sales, R & D, Quality Assurance and Operations. This position will report to the Director of Regulatory and Quality Affairs.

Key Activities:

  • Developing, implementing and maintaining QA/QC policy, standard operation procedures and laboratory programs i.e., GFSI, (BRC) FDA, State and local requirements.
  • Provide detailed reporting on QA/QC activities.
  • Serve as processing authority for HACCP.
  • Maintain a safe work environment but adhering to standards and conducting routine.
  • Validate and implement new micro and chemical methods and procedures.
  • Assist with research and development work on cost effectiveness, implementing line extensions/product changes and in-plant testing of new products prior to full-scale production.
  • Design sampling programs for receiving materials, finished product, environmental and in-processing swabs.
  • Provide guidance in troubleshooting chemical, physical or microbial issues.
  • Perform chemical and physical analysis of food ingredients and finished food samples using established chemistry methods and procedure to ensure compliance to standards and specifications.
  • Participate in providing management with laboratory assistance involving product performance, both improvements and corrective measures.
  • Development of Lab and supervisory personnel for further advancements and overall job satisfaction.
  • Provide guidance in troubleshooting formulation issues relate to chemical analysis.
  • Serve as liaison with local, area, and Federal USDA and FDA personnel.
  • Maintain laboratory proficiency testing standards, accreditation and laboratory standard procedures manual.
  • Provide technical expertise to the plant on sanitation and gmp’s.
  • Work with internal EHS Manager to maintain laboratory safety manual.
  • Verification and Validation of laboratory training as well as providing training material.
  • Provide guidance of product and ingredient lethality studies.
  • Perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical, microbiological or chemical properties of food products.
  • Provide guidance on customer complaints related to out of specification or compliance.
  • Assure all regulations & customer regulations are met. Aid in commercialization, product and process improvement.
  • Provide expertise to the sanitation team on cleaning procedures, sanitizer procedures, as well as environmental cleaning processes and procedures.   
Required Qualifications:
  • Experience leading a Quality Assurance/Control team in the Food or Pharmaceutical Industry.
  • University degree in Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Science, or related technical field.
  • Leadership experience in a Quality Assurance/Control environment.
  • Knowledge of food safety standards, HACCP, PCQI, BRC or GFSI, GMP and food defense etc.
  • Requires 5 or more years of work experience with 3 years of relative experience as a Microbiologist, Chemist or similar.
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001 managerial standards.
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills – SAP is an advantage.

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