Co-Manufacturing Quality Assurance Manager

  • Beyond Meat
  • Pleasant Prairie, WI
  • Oct 20, 2020
Quality Assurance

Job Description

COMPANY DESCRIPTION
At Beyond Meat, we started with simple questions. Why do you need an animal to create meat? Why can’t you build meat directly from plants? Thus, we make plant-based meats that allow families to eat more, not less, of the traditional dishes they love while feeling great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant protein. Our goal is to bring exciting change to the plate—and Beyond.
OVERVIEW
The Co-manufacturing Quality Assurance Manager’s primary role/ position is to ensure that all food products produced at our Co-manufacturers meet requirements of customers, regulatory bodies, and the Company. The, Co-manufacturing Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of quality control programs and procedures, as necessary to meet internal and customer specific quality control standards

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with the co-man management team on proactively improving quality assurance programs
  • Maintain quality programs at all manufacturing locations – current and future
  • Assist with new co-man facility set-up and qualification, including preparing audit reports and action plans for meeting BYMT standards
  • Conduct routine validations of co-man compliance to BYMT standards
  • Ensure co-mans are FSMA compliant
  • Lead and maintain other certifications including Non-GMO Project and Kosher at co-mans and COMO
  • Support production at all manufacturing (including co-man) locations in producing top quality products that meet internal specifications
  • Responsible for conducting nutritional audits on current production as needed
  • Lead packaging update projects (Nutrition Facts Panel, Ingredient Statement, certifications and claims)
  • Champion quality and food safety initiatives to monitor and document product, facility and worker compliance
  • Ensure co-man plant audit corrective action plans are implemented in a timely manner
  • Monitor the effectiveness of food safety training programs at co-mans
  • Interface with all regulatory agencies, certification bodies and customers and ensure compliance of manufacturing facilities
  • Review and maintain product specifications, certificates of analysis, and all other QA documents at co-mans
  • Ensure that co-mans are conducting microbiological tests on raw materials, WIP items, and finished products per specifications
  • Oversee co-mans HACCP, FSMA, pre-requisite quality programs, and all quality/food safety related programs to meet internal, regulatory and/or customer requirements
  • Ensure all sanitation and food safety guidelines are being met throughout the manufacturing facilities
  • Review lab testing results, testing requirements and procedures on BYMT products and processing environments.
  • Generate reports describing QA activities, trends, and expenditures as well as communicate findings and action plans to necessary/appropriate parties
  • Ensure that co-mans are conducting sensory evaluations that meet company standards
  • Respond to food safety related concerns and consumer complaints with corrective action reports
  • Manage and provide technical support for BYMT internal quality lab. Achieve and maintain A2LA certification and compliance with defined standards
  • Assist with method development, modification, and validation of new methods for lab testing
  • Attend industry educational trainings, seminars, and events to understand industry best practices and provide technical support to BYMT team
  • Prepare and maintain customer documentation and requests for information
  • Assist with shelf life studies at co-mans to validate instructions, microbial limits and organoleptic properties

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science or Microbiology / Biology preferred or Comparable Industry Experience
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a food and/or beverage manufacturing environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of GMP, FDA/USDA and Food Safety, SOP’s, and SQF

Skills:
  • Leadership skills, focused on results, employee’s engagement, decision making, team work, change management
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Strong PC skills includes MS office programs
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, problem solving and organizational skills

Abilities:
  • The employee must have the ability to quantitatively review technical procedures and representative regulations.  In addition, must be capable of writing detailed reports, and general day-to-day oversight and related correspondence
  • The ability to effectively present information to groups and respond to questions from peers, supervisors and managers is essential
  • Ability to multi-task and set priorities within Quality Assurance

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Office, production and warehouse floor environment
  • This position requires at minimum 50% travel to co-manufacturing plants


Beyond Meat is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, liability for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. If you are interested in learning the status of your application, please note you will be contacted directly by the appropriate human resources contact person if you are selected for further consideration. Beyond Meat reserves the right to defer or close a vacancy at any time.

Organization Type

Company  

Sectors

Food & Agriculture

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