The mission of Gemstone Foods, LLC and affiliates (“Company” or “Gemstone Foods”) is to provide the value-added food service and wholesale poultry market with products that exceed our customers’ expectations. Using the collective poultry experience of our management, we are dedicated to earning the trust of our customers by adhering to strenuous federal and local food and worker safety standards. We also strive to become a premier employer in the community, enriching the local families of our workers, owners, and business partners.
Under the leadership of the Quality Assurance Manager, provides leadership, direction and execution of all plant food safety functions to support the company’s food safety goals and ensures compliance with all regulatory agencies. Ensures all products produced meet or exceed all customer, regulatory and company requirements as they relate to food safety and Quality. Directs the plant Food Safety department in selecting, developing and motivating team members to achieve organizational goals. Acts as plant authority on all food safety/quality matters and work in conjunction with staff to ensure product safety and quality is always maintained. Position requires some cross functional skills and will assist QA Technicians with training and decision making when needed.
Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Develops, documents and implements food safety/quality processes and procedures to ensure product safety/quality is always monitored and maintained.
Supervises all food safety and regulatory efforts at the plant.
Enforces the company’s food safety standards as outlined in the plants HACCP, Quality Manuals and other programs. Maintains the required documentation.
Serves as the catalyst for leading continuous improvement through technology and scientific research in an effort to take the plants food safety program(s).
Provides leadership and is an active member of all project teams to ensure food safety/quality concerns are addressed at assigned plants.
Provide feedback to customers concerns by working with operations to meet or exceed customer expectations.
Maintains open communications with FSQA Management, operation management, and sales staffs to ensure each are aware of any potential food safety related concerns with product or product requirements and specifications.
Develops a professional working relationship and acts as a plant liaison with USDA staff.
Develops staff through appropriate mentoring and continuing education efforts. Ensures the company’s food safety programs are properly communicated and plant associates have a working knowledge of the programs through training and mentoring.
Provides timely, accurate and relevant data and analysis to plant management.
1 – 3 years supervisory experience in Quality Assurance. Experience in a HACCP, QA or food safety supervisory role. Good analytical and both oral and written skills. Knowledge of poultry and food processing principles.
Previous experience as Food Safety/Quality manager in poultry processing environment.
Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements
Position is mostly sedentary but may require occasional moving to other offices or buildings. When in a plant environment: Exposure primarily consists of wet and moist floors which include metal and plastic grating surfaces. May handle product 25 degrees to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. May be exposed to noise ranges of 50 db. to 110 db. May be exposed to all chemicals used in poultry, food, processing facility. Must wear and use protective and safety equipment required for the job as directed by the Company.