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About Kerry

A career with Kerry Taste & Nutrition offers you an opportunity to shape how people across the globe view food and beverage while providing you opportunities to explore and grow as your interests do. With our commitment to a sustainable future, a career with Kerry is something you can feel good about.

About the role

The plant Food Safety and Quality Manager provides site leadership for Food Safety and Quality in alignment with the Kerry Corporate Policies.  This position reports to the Quality Director and has a functional reporting relationship to the Plant Manager. Plant quality assurance personnel and quality supervisors will report to this position. This position requires 5-10% travel. 

Key responsibilities

1. Food Safety:

Ensure effective food safety compliance and work with plant management team to implement programs to mitigate risk. Manage and lead Food Safety and HACCP programs and team at site level, ensuring that Good Manufacturing Practices, preventive controls and prerequisite programs are in place and effective. Manage the plant Food Safety & Quality System to produce safe quality food, leading as SQF Practitioner.

2. Quality Systems:

Develop and maintain food safety and quality systems including QC & QA. Develop, review and align procedures will corporate policies, through Intelex with a drive towards best practice. Internally audit practices and procedures for improvement to prevent non-conformances. Quality system shall include food safety, Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Quality Control in SAP, material control, sanitation, and Food Safety Plans, as required by Intelex.

3. Compliance:

Enforce Kerry standards in the areas of ingredient and product standards, process specifications, formula compliance, sanitation/GMP/pest control, and regulatory compliance. Ensure that the products released are compliant and safe foods. Be the point person at the site for regulatory inspections (FDA/USDA/CFIA), identify preserved (ie, organic, kosher) and customer audits.

4. Quality Improvement:

Track, trend, report and review agreed upon KPI’s. Develop and lead the plant Quality Improvement and Master Plans. Partner cross-functionally in quality and process improvement.

5. Customer Satisfaction:

Be proactive and responsive in addressing customer complaints, communicating effectively on technical issues and leading the root cause analysis. Develop and verify corrective actions.

6. Managerial Responsibilities:

Develop and maintain qualified personnel within the plant Quality department, through training, communication, and accountability. This involves recruitment, organizational development, personnel assessment, training, direction and motivation. Manage the department within budget and utilize resources effectively to meet needs of the business on a timely basis.

7. Technical Skills:

Continuously improve

Qualifications and skills


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or similar Science/Engineering. 

Knowledge and experience with relevant GFSI standards such as SQF, BRC, IFS or FS 22000. 


Minimum 4-10 years of quality experience and/or training.  

Experience managing quality and food safety systems. 

Experience in a plant environment strongly preferred. 

Nearest Major Market: Wausau

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