Vice President of Quality Assurance

Location: San Antonio, TX

Job Title: Vice President Quality/Food Safety

Summary:

This role is responsible for providing global leadership and expertise to ensure that the company's products meet the highest standards for Food Safety and Quality. Working closely with various departments, including manufacturing, sales, R&D, and Purchasing, the Vice President of Quality/Food Safety ensures that the company maintains a best-in-class food safety culture and quality focus.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the strategic direction and effective execution of food safety and quality assurance plans, policies, and actions. Monitor progress using leading and lagging indicators and spend time in manufacturing plants to personally observe and coach on FSQA matters.
  • Collaborate effectively with manufacturing leaders to align on FSQA strategy and execution and drive change where necessary with a sense of urgency.
  • Drive the development and implementation of best practices in food safety and quality assurance across common food manufacturing platforms.
  • Serve as the subject matter expert on behalf of the organization for food safety, quality, FSMA, GFSI, and company FSQA policies/procedures. Ensure compliance with all regulatory requirements regarding weights/measures, product claims, declarations, etc.
  • Provide direction, development, and oversight of the Corporate FSQA team, FSQA Regional Managers, and manufacturing plant FSQA Managers and sanitation departments. Embrace continuous improvement by setting clear goals and objectives, empowering the FSQA team, and holding them accountable for results.
  • Ensure effective management of key customer QA relationships in partnership with sales personnel and inspire customer confidence.
  • Ensure the company has top talent in all food safety and quality assurance leadership positions and facilitate their proper development.
  • Interact effectively with all levels of the organization and influence key stakeholders to drive positive change in food safety and quality systems.
  • Assure that microbiological and analytical services and operations meet standards, accreditations, and best practices.
  • Represent the Food Safety and Quality function to all business teams and serve as a conduit for information. Enhance visibility of food safety and quality performance across the organization.

Education/Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in Chemistry, Food Science, Microbiology, Engineering, or related field.
  • SQF Practitioner Certification
  • Valid Driver's License.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 15 years of progressive experience in Food Safety, Quality Assurance, and Regulatory

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Expert knowledge in GFSI, HACCP, PCQI, etc.
  • Expert knowledge in FDA regulations.
    • Working knowledge of USDA, CFIA regulations would be a plus.
  • Strong working knowledge and experience with Lean process/culture.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and a sense of urgency with the drive to make continuous improvements. Must understand change management and how to drive positive change throughout the enterprise as it relates to food safety and quality.
  • Ability to operate on multiple levels from the strategic to "hands-on" to accomplish results.
  • Demonstrated ability to make and act on decisions while balancing speed, quality, and risk.
  • Ability to think clearly and decisively while remaining calm under pressure.
  • Excellent and effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills backed up by strong technical knowledge are critical to success in this role.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with SAP QM or other ERP systems preferred.
  • Good writing skills and ability to communicate effectively with customers and people at all levels of the company.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position has multiple direct reports at the professional level: Regional FSQA Managers, Global Director of Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance, Food Safety & Quality Systems Manager

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Standard office environment, but will spend time in manufacturing plants which can have cold/hot environments
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time.
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