Food Safety and Quality Assurance Supervisor

Job Overview

My client is currently recruiting for a Food Safety and Quality Assurance Supervisor to join their busy food manufacturing company based in Co. Kildare.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that product and food safety specifications are met by verifying the production and system checks and documentation, and supporting operations in decision-making in the day-to-day production of conforming product.
  • Carry out the following quality checks in line with the FSQMS:
  • raw material and receiving checks.
  • CCP verification.
  • traceability checks as directed and within allocated timeframes.
  • Keep alert for and highlight hazards, and always act to prevent any risks to product safety
  • Conduct traceability exercises as required.
  • Instigate non-conformance reports and drive investigation and corrective action when deviations are detected.
  • Routine and project-based validation of production and pre-requisite processes
  • Work with production management, QA, S&I, purchasing and other departments in setting standards, solving problems, and taking corrective action.
  • Hygiene inspection audits and environmental monitoring.
  • GMP audits as per audit schedule.
  • Training for production teams and other staff in SOPs, Hygiene, Technical Policies and Procedures etc.
  • Conduct environmental swabbing as required.
  • Collection and logging of product samples for testing.
  • Review and collation of results to ensure compliance, and communication of any non-conforming results or trends to relevant personnel.
  • Provide regular quality performance reports to assist production management, QA management, purchasing etc. in addressing and eliminating non-conformances.
  • Produce other reports as required e.g. risk assessments, analyses, investigations, KPIs, trending etc.
  • Ensure that high standards are maintained with respect to procedures, reports and documentation control. Filing and archiving of quality records.
  • Supporting requests from other departments e.g. Stock Releases, Stock Enquiries, POs etc
  • Control of non-conforming product, including placing on hold, review and release as appropriate.
  • Control and calibration of measuring devices e.g. probes, data loggers etc.
  • Liaising with specialist contractors and service providers e.g. Pest Control, Calibration, Audit and Certification Bodies.
  • Assisting with customer, regulatory and supplier visits and audits, including ensuring appropriate PPE is in place.
  • Recording daily QA / Technical meeting minutes and following up on issues raised.
  • Provide support to the Technical Department and/or Customers as required (e.g. Customer Queries, Customer Complaints, Cutting Sessions, Customer Specifications, Dry Ingredients, Legislative Queries, Supplier Audits etc.).

Experience and qualifications required

  • Degree or Higher Level in a Scientific Food Discipline.
  • 1 - 2 years hands-on experience in driving compliance, quality and food safety, and day-to-day technical trouble-shooting in a fast-paced production environment.
  • Experience in operating and continuously improving quality systems.
  • Strong hands-on knowledge of food safety & quality standards e.g. BRC, Regulatory and Retailer Standards.
  • Experience in working with customers, suppliers, regulatory bodies and audits desirable.
  • Attention to detail in observation and record keeping.
  • Strong team working and influencing skills, and assertive as necessary.
  • Excellent communication skills both written & verbal.
  • Ability to use own initiative, and to be able to work under pressure.
  • Hands on, pro-active approach.
  • Strong numerical skills.
  • Excellent time keeping.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Excellent problem solving and logical thought ability.
  • Energetic, committed and self-reliant individual.
  • Adaptable and flexible to the needs of the business.

If you hold suitable qualifications and would be interested in this role please apply with you updated CV to the link provided and contact Jennifer in the Kilkenny office

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