Reporting directly to the Quality Assurance Manager, the Senior Quality Assurance Lead is responsible for assisting the QA Manager on overseeing the facility’s adherence to food safety and quality standards as well as directly supervise QA technicians and Product Auditors. The Senior Quality Assurance Lead’s function is to be the QA team’s leader and main point of contact for the QA technicians and Service Center management during the time that QA supervisors are not onsite. The Senior Quality Assurance Lead acts as a liaison between QA supervisors. The Senior Quality Assurance Lead provides leadership, training, direction and oversight of quality and food safety programs to all personnel.
The following list of duties and responsibilities of the Senior Quality Assurance Lead is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the job described; rather they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job. Under the supervision of Quality Assurance management, the Senior Quality Assurance Lead shall:
- Demonstrate and communicate Vantage Culture.
- Under the direction of QA management, this position provides leadership, direction and oversight of all QA staff.
- Ensures the highest level of food safety and quality throughout the plant.
- Ensures implementation of existing food safety and quality programs. Assists QA management on the development and improvement of food safety programs as needed.
- Instills a continuous improvement attitude throughout the department and an absolute commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.
- Assists on training of company employees in food safety and quality requirements.
- Protects the Company’s success by ensuring customer protection, satisfaction, defect free work and operational efficiencies.
- Leads the implementation and maintenance of GFSI certification.
- Reviews and maintains Quality Assurance documentation.
- Acts as a liaison to USDA inspector personnel and as a liaison between QA Supervisors.
- Performs food safety and quality control point checks on process as outlined in the facility HACCP plan and Quality Program requirements.
- Perform pre-operational inspection on all operations equipment, tools, utensils, and areas.
- Evaluates raw material, finished product, equipment, or tools on hold, suggests disposition, and informs appropriate management personnel as required
- Assists in data entry for all monitoring and verification activities as required. Prepares reports as necessary to record findings and recommendations from testing
- Understand and apply safe work practices and principles. Ask questions if unsure.
- Identify potential hazards and either work to remedy them (if possible) or bring them to supervisor’s attention for action.
- Bring a ‘safety first’ attitude to work.
Key Skills and Competencies:
- Proven leadership skills
- Strong decision-making skills
- Ability to read, understand, and follow documents and procedures
- Ability to expand job responsibilities, suggesting improvements, and collaborating with others to generate ideas and improve processes.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office is required
- Ability to work in team setting or independently with minimal supervision
- Good analytical and logical problem-solving skills
- Strong organizational skills. Good verbal and written communication skills
- Strong conflict resolution skills. Ability to handle stressful situations.
- Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment
- Bachelor’s Degree in a scientific relevant discipline: Animal/Food Science, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry/Biochemistry.
- 2-4 years of experience in QA field. Experience in a leadership role preferred.
- Knowledge of USDA requirements and HACCP systems
- BRC knowledge a plus
The hours and days of work are established as needed by operations and at the discretion of management and may be adjusted (increased or decreased) by management as required. Must be able to work flexible schedule as necessary. Protective equipment is provided. Exposure includes:
- Very cold temperatures (32° – 36° F). High noise levels.
- Work in close proximity to industrial equipment, saws, conveyors, forklifts, and mechanized equipment.
- Wet and slippery floors
- Variety of odors
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualification required of employees assigned to this job.