Quality Assurance Manager

Job Category: Quality Assurance
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Hood River

Reports To: President/CEO

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

The Quality Assurance Manager coordinates and leads all aspects of the Quality Assurance and Food Safety Programs. Primary duties are to assure that all company manufactured and distributed products, and manufacturing/warehousing processes meet the regulatory requirements of 21 CFR Part 117, Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventative Controls for Human Food, 21 CFR 120, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP); Procedures for the Safe and Sanitary Processing and Importing of Juice; Final Rule. The Quality Assurance Manager should be familiar with the FDA guidelines in the management of patulin in apple juice.

The Quality Assurance Manager functions as the Food Safety Team Leader in the development, and continuous improvement of FSSC 22000 Food Safety Program (a recognized Global Food Safety Initiative scheme based on ISO standards).

It is the responsibility of the Quality Assurance Manager to oversee the organic processing program as required in USDA 7 CFR Part 205, Organic Program with certification through Oregon Tilth, the kosher program and certification of the Juice Products Association (JPA) approved tanker wash facility.

The QA Manager is responsible for all audit preparation and participates and facilitates in all onsite and internal audits.

The Quality Assurance Manager should have formal training in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and the FSMA required Preventive Controls for Human Food.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Supervise and direct Quality Assurance staff consisting of QA Assistants, QA Technicians and Document Control Coordinator.
  • Monitor products and process performance with respect to customer specifications.
  • Maintain the production laboratory equipment, chemicals, reagents, and supplies that are required to perform production and laboratory Quality Assurance functions.
  • Provide laboratory expertise and performance necessary to analyze product raw materials for:

o Chemical: Patulin, Brix, Malic Acid, pH, Solids, Turbidity
o Microbiological integrity: i.e., standard plate count, coliform, generic E. coli, yeast, and mold.
o Physical for visual defects.
o Organoleptic: flavor, aroma, and appearance of juice and other raw materials, as necessary.

  • Provide laboratory expertise and performance necessary to analyze and control finished products within their specifications for chemical, microbiological, physical, and organoleptic requirements.
  • Maintain and controls sample inventory of products (juice) in cold room for shelf-life determination, and shipment to customers as required under license or co-pack agreement or as requested.
  • Provide laboratory reports and certificates of analysis to customers as required by license agreement or as requested. Prepare and ship samples accordingly.
  • Maintain laboratory records for all production items through their shelf life and/or as required by federal or state regulation (21 CFR Part 110 Current Good Manufacturing Practices). FSSC 22000 to assure quality.
  • HACCP documentation including HTST pasteurization charts, master sanitation schedule, plant sanitation, and CIP procedures.
  • Maintain pest control program and interact with outside contractor for pest control system.
  • Special assignments upon request.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science or related field. Quality control and experience in the laboratory.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills in Microsoft office Suite.Knowledge of government regulations pertaining to food processing, packaging, and labeling preferred.
  • Ability to operate and maintain High Performance Liquid Chromatography equipment and software.
  • Ability to interpret chromatograms.
  • Disciplined, process oriented; demonstrates solid analytical and issue resolution skills.
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Work Environment:

    Professional office environment: Involves 80% sitting and working at a computer/video display terminal and 20% walking gathering information and assisting employees. General working hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday. These hours and days may change based on workload, production schedule, special events/meeting There are times when travel will be required.

    Physical Requirements:

    Must be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; able to sit for long periods of time. Must be able to type on a keyboard.

    Note: Job descriptions are not intended and should not be construed to be exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with a job. Jobs are organic in nature and may change from time to time. Job descriptions are intended to be accurate reflections of those principal job elements essential for making fair pay decisions about jobs.

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