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Quality Systems Group Leader

About the role

We’re Kerry Foods – a leading name in the global food industry, and an altogether individual business. We’re home to incredible brands such as Cheestrings, Mattessons, Wall’s & Richmond sausages, Pure, Yollies, Dairygold and Denny.  Plus we’re a leading producer of yummy supermarket private label products such as ready meals, cooked meats, cheese and dairy products.  We’re made up of a team of brilliant people and big ambitions. Our products, many of which are household favourites, are eaten by millions of people every day.

We’re now looking for a Quality Systems Group Leader to join our fantastic foods site, based in Hyde!

We’re looking for an individual that loves a challenge, loves food, and loves get stuck into a past paced working environment.

Key responsibilities
  • Lead the Quality Systems team to ensure they are engaged and high performing with a focus on problem solving and team work. Build trust through effective leadership and the skilled application of people management processes and open 2 way communications.
  • Develop and Standardise (best in class) the site  HACCP plan  and associated documentation and – facilitate HACCP review meetings
  • Develop site Quality Management System (QMS) framework procedures to incorporate Kerry Group, Regulatory, Customer and 3rd Party Standards (policies, procedures, COP’s)
  • To include Collation and reporting of NCs to VS or relevant person, close out of NC’s upon receipt of verification, prepare and agree formal audit response with relevant parties prior to approval by site TM, facilitation of mock product recalls and traceability challenge
  • Continuously improve standards set by facilitating and executing 8 Step Practical Problem Solving and other appropriate KPS methodologies within the Technical function and as required within the value stream.
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  • Maintain product quality and safety through management of the Quality Systems Team ensuring Standards are defined for quality assurance processes, operational practices and product quality.
  • Develop process quality documentation ensuring alignment with Kerry Group, Regulatory, Customer and 3rd Party Standards.  This will include Process Inspection Schedules.
  • Liaise with Competent Authorities on site quality / technical issues relating to the manufacturing process such as consumer complaint investigation or factory audit.
  • Facilitate the internal and external Quality audit process with a primary focus on Quality Management Systems.
  • Develop and maintain the Quality training programme content ensuring alignment with central training materials and the site QMS.
Qualifications and skills
  • Diploma or higher in a Food /Science related subject.
  • Numerical ability to record, interpret and analyse key process data.
  • Experience managing a team within a similar role.
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office tools.
  • Understanding of Food Safety and Quality Management System.
  • Knowledge of the BRC Global Food Standard and specific customer standards as they apply.
  • Understanding and ability to apply in live situations the principles and tools of lean manufacturing.
  • Ability to solve problems using 8 Step Practical Problem Solving.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to be successful in a changing environment.
  • Effective communicator who facilitates bottom up and top down communication channels.
  • Strong relationship building skills, with the ability to facilitate and coach a team.
  • Influencing skills with the ability to work cross functionally and meet deadlines.

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