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QA Manager

Company: Blue Moose
Location: Lafayette
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

The QA Manager will be responsible for developing and maintaining the quality programs at Blue Moose of Boulder. This position will ensure that all quality programs meet or exceed FSMA, SQF, and HACCP standards as well as all other regulatory, customer and company related quality and food safety requirements. This position will oversee and ensure timely completion of all quality related tasks and schedules to ensure compliance. The QA Manager will also support the development of new products, reformulation of existing products and lead the quality review process for confirming that all productsproduced at Blue Moose of Boulder are consistent with the quality and sensory attributes.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.Coordinates the implementation, adherence and maintenance of the Blue Moose Quality System, FSMA, Gluten Free (GFCO), Non-GMO Project Verified, Organic, Gluten free Certification and Safe Quality Food (SQF) programs for Blue Moose of Boulder. Leads and mentor s kitchen Team Members in recipe preparation and establishes daily work priorities in conjunction with the Operations Manager. Develops detailed work instructions to ensure consistency in product formulation and makes certain that team member safety and food quality practices are incorporated in all activities.Reviews, updates, and creates quality programs and policies in coordination with the Director of Quality and/or Director of Operations. Evaluates product formulation and quality data to validate or indicate deviations from existing standards.Ensures scheduled quality tests and analysis on raw materials, finished products, production equipment and environment are completed in timely manner and results evaluated for opportunities for improvement.Assures that assigned projects are completed and documented on time.Assures that Quality Department calibrates and maintains kitchen and quality equipment.Reviews, updates and disseminates quality and technical information to internal and external customers.Assists the Operations Manager in onboarding, training and developing Team Members.Leads and supports regulatory/customer/3rd-party inspectors to ensure the facility, equipment and operations meet or exceed all regulatory food safety and quality requirements.Provides input on Team Member performance reviews to the Operations Manager.Complies with all company Safety, HACCP and GMP policies as well as reinforces compliance by all Blue Moose employees and contract workers.Immediately reports any food safety or quality issues to the Operations Manager and Director of Quality or other appropriate individual authorized to initiate actionBackup Provision: In the absence QA Manager fulfills the food safety responsibilities of the QA Supervisor.QUALIFICATIONSTo 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.EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCEAssociate s degree in biology, Microbiology, Food Science, Nutrition, or related field, required. Bachelor s Degree is preferred.3-5 years of related experience, highly desirable. QA experience within the food manufacturing industry, preferred.OTHER KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIESKnowledge of scientific principles and practices that provide the foundation for laboratory testing including microbiology, chemistry.Knowledge of manufacturing processes, quality control principles and analysis techniques to maximize the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.Excellent communication skills, both verbal and writtenDemonstrated interpersonal skills, with special ability to lead and establish work priorities with team members. Critical thinking and decision-making skills to consider and identify the strengths and weakness of alternative solutions and chose the most appropriate course of action. Ability to communicate information and ideas effectively and in a way that other Team Members will understand. Ability to read and comprehend work instructions and work-related documents. Ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions or apply general rules to specific problems. Ability to work independently as well as on a team.CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS Must complete HACCP certification program within 3 months of hire. Must complete SQF Practitioner certification within 3 months of hire. Must complete PCQI training within 6 months of hire.PHYSICAL DEMANDSThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a Team Member 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 Team Member is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to handle or feel, and talk or hear. The Team Member is occasionally required to reach with hands or arms, taste or smell. The Team Member must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required in this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus.WORK ENVIRONMENTThe work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a Team Member 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 Team Member may be exposed to hazardous substances as outlined in the Chemical Hygiene Plan. The noise level in the work environment is occasionally loud.TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USEDWhile performing the duties of this job, the Team Member may be required to work with food preparation and packaging equipment, computers and laboratory instruments.PPE S REQUIREDPersonal protective equipment that is required when working with hazardous materials or loud equipment includes: safety goggles, rubber or latex gloves, lab coat and hearing protection. Other recommended PPE includes face shield, chemical resistant apron and steel toe shoes. See Chemical Hygiene Plan for details.The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by Team Members assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. Blue Moose reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational and business needs as necessary.Job Type: Full-timeSalary: $70,000.00 - $75,000.00 per yearBenefits:401(k)401(k) matchingDental insuranceHealth insuranceLife insurancePaid time offVision insuranceSchedule:8 hour shiftMonday to FridayAbility to commute/relocate:Lafayette, CO 80026: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)Experience:ISO 9001: 1 year (Preferred)Work Location: In person

Keywords: Blue Moose, Denver , QA Manager, Executive , Lafayette, Colorado

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