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Quality Assurance Manager at Agropur, Inc in Jerome, Idaho

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Job Description:

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Job Type:Regular

Working at Agropur means being a member of an extended family where simplicity and honesty are part of everyday life, and where the management style is based on integrity, openness and autonomy. You too can join the Agropur family!
We are an employee-focused organization that promotes from within and are looking for enthusiastic, team-oriented employees to join our growing team. Founded in 1938, Agropur is a top 20 global dairy processor. In addition to being one of the largest award-winning cheese manufacturers, Agropur is a leader in high quality and diverse nutritional whey proteins. Agropur's 10 US-based, SQF Certified plants are behind some of the most prominent food, beverage, and nutrition brands in the industry. Vertically integrated by design, Agropur provides future-forward solutions in the areas of cheese, ingredients, beverages, and custom contract manufacturing services. "Better Dairy. Better World."

We are looking for a Quality Assurance Manager in Jerome, ID.

What this role is all about:
The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for maintaining the Agropur's Food Safety and Quality Assurance Program including all planned and systematic activities within the quality system that are demonstrated to provide confidence that the product meets quality requirements. This position provides leadership related to various quality programs including, but not limited to, HACCP, sanitation, hygiene, validation, document control, document review, change management, supplier/vendor qualification and management, raw material specifications, internal auditing, pest control, etc.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage the formulation, implementation and maintenance of basic policies, plans, programs, standards and techniques necessary to achieve food safety and quality objectives.
  • Manage the development and maintenance of methods and systems for measuring the degree to which Agropur's food safety/quality goals, objectives and standards are being met; utilizing the results in the effective management of QA activities and recommending corrective actions as needed.
  • Interface with sales, suppliers, customers, manufacturing, and distribution to establish food safety and quality requirements on individual products and services based on customer need, the function of the product and its reliability, salability, and value.
  • Manage food safety and quality assurance functions to ensure that proposed and existing products and processes are reviewed to avoid or eliminate unnecessary food safety and quality issues; developing recommendations for improvements that increase product uniformity and reliability and improve characteristics to reduce field failures and complaints.
  • Ensure all operations comply with government and agency regulations; manage all audits with such agencies.
  • Responsible for providing a safe work environment.
  • Responsible for department budget and cost management activities.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities
    • Responsible for employee relations including work direction of employees, hiring, training, performance reviews, administering policies and procedures, disciplinary action, and compensation recommendations.
    • Direct implementation of departmental objectives, goals and policies.
    • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • Work directly with the Plant Manager and Plant and Corporate Quality Assurance.
  • Work with other managers and supervisors in the plant to improve overall process.

The Requirements (Minimum Qualifications):
  • Bachelor's Degree required; preferably in Food Science, Dairy Science, Operations Management or related field.
  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be considered.
  • Minimum three (3) years of quality assurance/control experience required; preferably in food processing/dairy production.
  • Previous supervisory experience required.
  • HACCP Certification required.
  • PCQI Certification required.
  • SQF Certification required.

The Extras (Preferred Qualifications):
  • ASQ CMQ/OE Certification preferred.
  • CIS preferred.
  • Knowledge in business acumen, understanding of current and future policies, practices, trends, technology and information affecting the organization, familiarity with the competition, and comprehension of how strategies work in marketplace.
  • High level of leadership skills including strategic thinking, fostering teamwork, cultivating relationships, and demonstrable experience leading teams through change.
  • Proven ability to manage and develop staff.
  • Knowledge of Food Quality and Food Safety programs including GMP, HACCP, CAPA.
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow documents and procedures (GLP, SOP, MSDS, GMP, test procedures, and HACCP) and translate into workable plant procedures including implementation and accountability.
  • Intermediate math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, comparative analysis, measurements, statistical analysis).
  • Intermediate computer skills with Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Word, Outlook and field-specific software.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy in work.
  • Demonstrate excellent organizational skills, establish priorities, ability to multitask, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Communicate well both verbally and in writing with executives, managers, colleagues and individuals inside and outside the organization.
  • Result driven, bottom-line oriented, strives to exceed goals, and motivates self and others to achieve positive outcomes.

What we offer you:
  • Agropur offers its employees a competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package focusing on your physical, financial and emotional health to include the following:
    • Health, Dental and Vision options
    • Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Company paid life insurance, short and long-term disability
    • 401(k) Retirement Plan with a 4% company match
    • Tuition Reimbursement Program
    • Health and Wellness Programs to include Wellness Incentives and Employee Assistance Program
    • Opportunities for discretionary bonus' and discretionary 401(k) contributions based on Company financial performance.
    • Paid Time Off Program, Holiday Pay and Bereavement
  • An environment that upholds our five core values: Boldness, Collaboration, Communication, Excellence and Integrity
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Training programs
  • Employee Referral Program
  • Community Involvement

The Location:
Our Jerome, ID, plant is home to approximately 400 employees and processes approximately 7 million pounds of milk per day. This facility produces various types of cheeses, such as; mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, muenster, parmesan, romano, Monterey jack, gouda, and asiago. They also run various whey streams, such as; deproteinized whey, sweet dairy whey, GMP, permeate, instantized, and our top-rated BiPro products.

The Jerome, ID area is a paradise for those seeking unique recreation attractions. You can visit Shoshone Falls (the Niagara of the West), Perrine Bridge (the only legal spot to base jump from in the US), and the beautiful Snake River Canyon (perfect for canoeing, boating and walking). There are also multiple restaurants throughout the Magic Valley area with quality cuisine. You can also visit the Jerome Chamber or Twin Falls Chamber sites for more information on local events.

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