Plant Quality Manager


Dallas, TX

Industry: Food & Beverages


5 - 7 years

Posted 8 days ago

  by    Greg Downs

Plant Quality Manager -- Dairy Product Manufacturing -- SQF -- Excellent Salary, Benefits and relocation assistance

GENERAL DESCRIPTION of the Quality Manager position:

The Plant Quality Manager oversees all Quality Assurance and Food Safety functions including laboratory practices, raw material quality, supplier scorecards, consumer complaints, and all regulatory compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

This position reports to the Plant Manager and directs professional quality positions as well as staff laboratory technicians. This role

is also responsible for leading the Quality Pillar within the Plant Leadership Team in support of Continuous Improvement. The

Quality Manager also has a dotted line relationship with the Director of Innovation and Technical Services as well as partnerships with

the Technical Services group and our in-house Research and Development Team.

The major responsibility of this position is to ensure the manufacturing facility operates within quality assurance

requirements as related to production, manufacture, processing, transport, storage, distribution, and supply of raw

materials/ingredients used to manufacture finished product. We have Food Quality and Food Safety Systems in

place to ensure the company supplies safe, quality food while defining the methods used to comply with customer and regulatory

requirements and continually improving upon the food safety and quality management system. The Quality Manager assures that all

products produced at the manufacturing location meet food safety and food quality specifications and are suitable for release to


PRINCIPAL DUTIES of the Quality Manager position:

Management and Leadership

• Managerial responsibility includes ensuring production quality at the facility

• Manage Quality Department budgets, including requisition approval and reconciliation

• Provide oversight, manage and develop quality documentation for the facility and products

• Serve as the site's legal point of contact for all quality-related government regulatory affairs

• Development of Quality team members through training programs (new hire and ongoing)

• Liaison between Marketing, Production, Technical Services, and Product Development

Systems and Methodologies

• Provide investigative support and respond to Consumer Complaints processes

• Develop and enhance quality programs that support company beliefs (Pure & Clean)

• Drive continuous improvement of the quality programs through learning and education

• Responsible for the integration of Quality systems with other high performance work systems

• Oversee quality methodologies, systems coordination, and Statistical Process Control

• Maintain and implement HACCP, HACQP, FSMA and Food Defense plans

Technical Support

• SQF Practitioner, responsible for annual verification-validation of SQF system requirements

• Supervise the work of Quality Technicians, ensuring their qualification to conduct testing

• Manage outside services, pest control, 3rd party lab testing, and lab equipment maintenance

• Maintain the hold/releasedatabase system for Finished Goods and Raw Material holds

• Support business and plant initiatives, guarantying compliance to all quality requirements

• Provide technical support and guidance for existing and new product development


The Practitioner is responsible for the protocol used to develop and implement new methods and assign responsibility as well as the criteria for verifying and validating the programs and/or activities outlined below:

Pre-Requisite Programs

Critical Food Safety and Quality Limits

Monitoring Activities for:

Pre-Requisite Programs

Critical Control Points

Critical Quality Points

Other Food Safety Programs

Sampling, Inspection and Analysis

Raw Materials

Finished Product

Work In Progress

Scheduling and Conducting Internal Audits

The Quality Manager is the designated SQF Practitioner for their facility, with responsibility and authority to:

• Lead the development and implementation of Food Safety Fundamentals, Food Safety Plan and Food Quality Plan as

outlined in the standards;

• Oversee the development, implementation, review and maintenance of the SQF System;

• Take appropriate action to ensure the integrity of the SQF System;

• Communicate all essential information to relevant personnel to ensure the effective implementation and maintenance of the

SQF System.


• B.S degree minimum in Food Science, Dairy Science, or technical equivalent (Food Microbiology, Chemistry, etc).

• Five to ten years of QA/QC Industry experience practicing Quality Systems Management at a fluid-based food manufacturing facility.

• Excellent management, planning, organizational, and the formal writing skills to work on technical journals and policy


• Formal education (including short courses) on GMP, SQF, TQM & HACCP, 6-sigma, or other continuous improvement



$90K - $120K