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Production Stream Quality Leader

About Kerry

 

More than 25,000 people have careers with Kerry. From Food Science to Manufacturing, our jobs help nourish and delight consumers around the globe. Kerry is committed to leading to better in everything we do. We strive for better taste and nutrition, better sustainability, better career opportunities and ultimately, a better world.

 

Everyday millions of people throughout the world consume food or beverage products containing our taste and nutrition solutions.

 

As the world leader in taste and nutrition, our Purpose is to Inspire Food and Nourish Life.

 

Our Purpose is central to The Kerry Way and serves as our guiding light on our journey to make it easier and more valuable for customers to do business with us, as we seek to make a greater, more lasting difference in the world by inspiring innovative, natural and sustainable taste and nutrition solutions for consumers, customers, the industry and the world.

About the role

 

We have an exciting opportunity for a Production Stream Quality Leader to join the Kerry team in Shillelagh,

 

The Production Stream Quality Lead (PSQL) will work alongside the Production Stream Management team to build Technical Capability within the Production Stream. PSQL  will develop trust and champion safe food values and quality first culture thus enabling the effective and sustainable transfer of Quality responsibilities to the Production Stream -through a programme of education, training, coaching and ongoing verification.

 

PSQL will develop technical excellence at all levels within the Production Stream – through a programme of training, coaching, and mentoring to enable sustainable high performance against Quality standards.

 

Another important element of this role is to provide support to enable the Production Stream to undertake routine factory-based food safety /quality standards inspections.

Key responsibilities

 

  • High Performing Teams (Build Sustainability Through People) Develop technical excellence at all levels within the Production Stream – through a programme of training, coaching, and mentoring to enable sustainable high performance against Quality standards. in built/online quality (e.g. QC monitoring tasks) and to ensure proficiency in Food Safety and Quality Standards e.g. Basic GMP, Allergen Control, Quality system procedures Build trust through effective leadership and the skilled application of people management processes and open 2-way communications.
  • Support the development of Process Standard Operating Procedures Train and Coach the Production Stream to enable them to develop SOPs which are aligned with the Quality Management System for process related manufacturing jobs / tasks.
  • Facilitate Continuous Improvement Continuously improve standards set by facilitating and executing appropriate KPS Methodologies such as 8 Step Practical Problem Solving within the Production Stream. Coach 8 Step PPS & conduct periodic assessments to ensure the 8 Step PPS process is being followed.
  • Standard Confirmation Check that standards set within the Production Stream are adhered to through layered confirmation
  • Product Quality Standards Educate and train the Production Stream team to ensure that
  • Product Quality Attributes are effectively introduced, verified and embedded. 6. Facilitate and support Quality Inspection Provide necessary, training, coaching and support to enable the Production Stream to undertake routine factory-based food safety /quality standards inspections including: Product and process QC, Cleaning inspection Pre-start, Line Start up inspection, Fabrication Inspection, Glass Integrity Checks, Foreign Body Inspections and GMP Audits
  • Support Quality / Technical Issue Resolution Provide the necessary training, coaching and support to enable the Production Stream to lead the investigation and resolution of non-conformances (including non-conformances relating to product, process, internal and external audits) using 8 Step Practical Problem Solving - communicate issues 
  • Support Production Stream Governance Provide support to the Production Stream to help identify performance gaps, trends and improvement opportunities and communicate internally using visual management standards in the Production Stream and externally to site management team

Qualifications and skills

 

Essential: 

  • Proficient written, numerical and verbal skills Fluency of English language Numerical ability to record, interpret and analyse key process data
  • Understanding and ability to apply in live situations the principles and tools of lean manufacturing Robust understanding of Food Safety and Quality Management Systems Robust knowledge of the BRC Global Food Standard and specific customer standards as they apply.
  • The ability to identify and actively plan improvements. Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to be successful in a changing environment Leadership: Thoughtful leader who lives the core values of Kerry PVV, KPS, respect and Teamwork Effective communicator who facilitates bottom up and top down communication channels Key Skills: • Team facilitation/coaching • Influencing Skills • Able to meet deadlines • Analytical skills • Good relationship building

 

Desirable:

  • Diploma or higher in a Food Science related subject. Training qualification (FETAC or equivalent) e.g. Train the Trainer
  • Ability to solve problems using 8 Step Practical Problem Solving. Experience in standardisation of processes. Proficient in the use of MS Office tools.

 

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