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Quality Assurance Supervisor

Requisition ID 33011
Position Type (US)Full Time
Career Function Quality 
Recruiter #LI-ME1
Posting Type LI


Leading to better encompasses all we do at Kerry, it's how we've become the worlds leading taste and nutrition company. Whether it's building and manufacturing sustainable solutions for food, beverage or pharmaceutical consumers, our commitment to lead the world to better nutrition drives us forward. With 24,000+ colleagues across the globe and 15,000+ Kerry products, your opportunities are limitless.

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

Located in Vinton, IA, this role is responsible for supervision of Sanitation staff and including but not limited to the following:  laboratory management, training, maintenance of product and raw material quality records and testing procedures, informing stakeholders of food safety and quality issues, and compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices and Kerry Standard Operating Procedures.

What would you do?

  • Supervision of Sanitation staff. This includes scheduling, approving time records, periodic evaluation and performance documentation. Responsible for conducting departmental and job specific training.
  • Conduct laboratory analyses and investigations, develop and apply new techniques.
  • Notify key stakeholders of identified issues and ensure proper communication. Provide technical support for resolution of food safety and quality problems with operations.
  • Use and understand SAP system to create QC documents & labels, authorize finished product results and disposition accordingly. Use SAP to hold/release products as needed.
  • Use Intelex to manage document control, non-conformances, CAPA, audits and inspections.
  • Maintain and update product specifications including customer specifications and raw material specifications to reflect any changes or product use requirements. Ensure finished product and raw materials are tested per Kerry specification. Monitor test results in relation to these specifications.
  • Support the plant Food Safety & Quality System to produce safe quality food, acting as SQF Practitioner back-up.
  • Maintain Good Laboratory Procedures (GLP’s) including calibration. Order laboratory supplies.
  • In conjunction with the Quality Manager, update and support food safety programs and food safety systems: HACCP/Preventive Controls, sanitation, pest control, and environmental monitoring program. Maintain the quality systems for the plant. Ensure work instructions, SSOPs, procedures and other pertinent documentation is up to date. Recommend revisions to plant work instructions as needed.
  • Participate in quality complaint investigations. Verify corrective action completion and continued conformance. 
  • Perform and/or participate in internal audits while ensuring compliance to internal food safety and quality policies and applicable local regulations through the audits, observations, process reviews, and development of corrective actions with site management.
  • Support facility during inspections, customer and 3rd party audits, communications, commercialization’s, and other interactions with regulatory agencies or customers.

What will you need to be successful?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Food Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or similar science/Engineering.
  • Knowledge of relevant GFSI standards such as SQF, BRC, IFS or FS 22000
  • Minimum 1-2 years of quality experience.
  • Experience with laboratory, quality, and/or food safety systems
  • Experience in a plant environment preferred.  
  • Knowledge and understanding of Food Safety regulations, FSMA, and industry and market trends.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Effectively organize and manage numerous work tasks of a diverse nature.
  • Strong Computer Skills (Microsoft Office and SAP)
  • HACCP/food safety experience
  • Experience in food, chemical, or Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Knowledge and experience with quality management systems, GFSI audit standards, SSOPs, Environmental hygiene programs, prerequisite programs and HACCP/Preventive Controls.

What is in it for you?


About our Sweet & Cereal Business


We have a real work-hard, play-hard culture and we pride ourselves on being collaborative and having a healthy culture where working hard and doing a good job is recognized and appreciated.

Our experienced chefs’ team, food scientists and research and development experts create chocolate and cocoa coated sweets, energy bars, breakfast cereals, and other snack and confectionery items focusing on meeting each customer’s needs and expectations, whether they want to deliver indulgence, improve nutrition or achieve greater processing efficiencies.

Kerry is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Kerry will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen. EEO is the Law poster can be found here. Additional information can also be here .  

Nearest Major Market: Cedar Rapids

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