Salem, MA

Schulte Staffing Solutions is seeking a QA Manager for our client in Salem, MA.

This is a great direct hire opportunity with an established company in the North Shore


Manage the Safe Quality Food (SQF) team and processes to assure the production of high quality, safe and legally compliant products that meet the desired product design and customer expectations. The Quality Assurance Manager is to provide governance of the SQF processes and lead the development and implementation of the short and mid-term business plans for SQF team and assists in the development of the strategic plan for the plant.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned

  • Line Management and coaching of the Site SQF team, supporting the development and talent pipeline for SFG at the plant level.
  • Lead the supplier approval program.
  • Lead the food safety, quality and product security agenda at the plant, challenging the plant management team where necessary to ensure products meet the regulatory requirements.
  • Manage quality and food safety incidents by investigates all production issues (foreign material, product specifications, label issues, weight issues, on hold products, destruction of product)
  • Accountable for the development and governance of operating policies, procedures, the Production Manual, QA/QC Manual and any other documents as required
  • Accountable for the development and maintenance of documentation as required to maintain high quality are developed and followed with appropriate testing being conducted
  • Accountable for site testing and approval of all in-process, raw material, and finished product specifications, quality food safety risk assessments and change management.
  • Accountable for approving new products by R&D in development and new ingredients proposed by R&D at the site level.
  • Accountable to approve the shipment of finished product and control and release of any product on hold
  • On receipt of an approved Certificate of Analysis, will release raw materials (eggs, peanuts and tree nuts)
  • Ensuring that all products are in compliance with finished product specifications and labeling requirements
  • Validates all nutrition and ingredient specifications are reviewed and confirmed in Product Specification Sheets
  • Works with customers on forms, nutrition statements, product specifications, production labels
  • Apply for and maintains all certifications (Organic, Non-GMO, USDA, Fair Trade, Kosher and RSPO)
  • Participates in all regulatory audits (SQF), Customer Audits and Third Party Audits
  • Communicate performance standards to associates, making sure they have the resources and capabilities to accomplish their jobs successfully
  • Meet with vendors, customers, and staff to discuss and resolve any quality issues
  • Investigates the cause of a recall, and any customer complaints
  • Performs all pathogen testing
  • Participate in GMP, Sanitation and safety inspections.
  • Oversees integrated pest management program
  • Participate in a daily production meeting, bi-weekly managers meeting and budget meetings

Supervisory Responsibilities

Manages one subordinate supervisor who supervises a total of one employee in Quality/SQF Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of these units. Also directly supervises two non-supervisory employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. When production goes to two shifts at some point in 2018, this position will be managing the two shifts in regards to QA. Additional personnel will be added to supervisory responsibilities at this time


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.


BA/BS degree in Business, Supply Chain Operations, Food Science, Engineering or related field


5 years supervisory experience in a food- processing, pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing organization a must, preferably using computerized manufacturing equipment.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Internet software; Inventory software; Manufacturing software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

SQF Practitioner

Other Skills and Abilities

HACCP, GMP, Food Allergens, FSMA, USDA and FDA knowledge. PCQI and SQF certified and OSHA knowledge, participate in Internal and External Audits. Mechanical and spatial aptitude, including working knowledge of equipment.

Other Qualifications

Must be able to travel 10% of the time

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

Required Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.

Design – Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Demonstrates attention to detail.

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem-solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Project Management – Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.

Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.

Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.

Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.

Change Management – Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by the change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.

Delegation – Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.

Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.

Managing People – Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.

Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.

Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.

Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.

Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.

Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Strategic Thinking – Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization’s strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains the reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks.

Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in a timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.

Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.

Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Initiative – Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas.

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