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Sr. Quality Assurance Specialist - Chocolate Department

Company: Albanese Candy
Location: Merrillville
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

DescriptionUNDERSTANDINGWith a strong understanding of quality goals, this specialist reaches into all operational practices to drive out inefficiencies and build consistency in the Quality Management System. The Senior Quality Assurance Specialistuses corporate goals as a guide to look for improvements throughout operations. They build the strongest of relationships with operational and supporting departments by being upfront and collaborative with team leaders from other departments. They are clear about operational gaps and help provide guidance and resources to eliminate inefficiencies. This person can look at systems and processes as starting points with opportunities to provide additional automation, simplification, and standardization within all systems. They see data as their primary source of truth and are proactive looking for trends to identify issues. The decisions they make are bound in fact gathered from reliablesources. They understand perfection is impossible, while never faltering from their goal of achieving it.They guide their teams using the core principles of ACG. They require creativity from themselves and their team. They drive a "nothing is impossible" attitude and view issues as direct challenges to better themselves and their team.RESPONSIBILITIES---Evaluate and identify opportunities for improving practices and procedures using FDA regulations and third-party certification requirements as a guide.---Assist the Quality Assurance Manager in maintaining Global Food Safety Initiative Certification. Develop knowledge of internal programs and manage compliance schedule.---Lead third party certification audits in the Chocolate Department and develop corrective action plans as required.---Assist in efforts to educate and train employees in the Chocolate Department and Quality Control on food safety and quality topics.---Investigate and analyze incidents to identify trends as related to the Quality Management System for the Chocolate Department.---Initiate corrective actions and communicates findings to the leadership team. ---Conduct regular internal audits which include elements of HACCP and FSMA regulations. Report findings and follows-up on non-conformances. ---Conducts routine audits and inspections after cleaning or maintenance work. ---Review control point documentation. ---Lead verification and validation activities for FSMA and Global Food Safety Initiative compliance. ---Implement continuous improvement through utilization of Food Safety Plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP), HACCP, allergen control, and consumer complaint reduction. ---Under moderate supervision, act as QA representative on multi-functional project teams or non-routine assignments. ---Other duties as assignedWORKING RELATIONSHIP ---Reports to the Quality Assurance Manager.---Communicates regularly and has a strong relationship with team members in multiple departments.---Communicates and meets periodically with other departmental leaders.QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED---Working knowledge of FDA 21 CFR Part 117 regulations, HACCP, and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).---Understanding of sanitation and pest control practices---Strong computer, document management skills and attention to detail---Ability to effectively communicate in verbal and written form---Strong problem solving/trouble shooting skills---Strong auditing / assessment skills---Proficiency in computer programs / software such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, and Power Point.---A 4-year bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience---1-5 years of related experience is preferred for Senior QA Specialist for Chocolate---HACCP and PCQI certification preferred---Experience complying with BRC standards preferred---Great verbal, written, and presentation communication skillsEDUCATION---High school diploma or equivalent

Keywords: Albanese Candy, Gary , Sr. Quality Assurance Specialist - Chocolate Department, Other , Merrillville, Indiana

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