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Quality Assurance Manager

Quality Assurance


Location: Albert Lea 

Exemption: Exempt 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

The Quality Assurance (QA) Manager I is responsible for leading, managing and successfully executing all aspects of the Ventura Foods’ quality and food safety systems at the plant level. This includes coordinating with the Ventura Foods’ regional and other plant QA managers to manage the execution, communication and training for all policy systems that relate to Ventura Foods’ systems, customer systems and all aspects of maintaining adherence to the FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), as well as applicable USDA and other regulatory agencies requirements. This role will also coordinate projects and training support to the operations teams and be a liaison with company functional groups of Technical Services, Operations Excellence, R&D, HS&E, Sales, Marketing, HR and Finance. The QA Manager I ensures responsiveness and timelines of projects, programs and management of personnel to delight our customer's customers’ expectations.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides the leadership and management for Ventura Foods’ quality and safety systems. Leads all aspects of managing plant systems for SOPs, SSOPs, training, and adhering to total product specifications. This includes key Must Dos, Right First Time processing and Total Product Containment
  • Maintains company and facility policies, procedures, and programs supporting food safety and quality systems. This includes managing special focus for key customer specification requirements, HACCP/GMPs, and SQF II requirements. Includes all second party audits and third party audits to confirm compliance to all food safety and quality systems
  • Manages and ensures direction and training for QA staff. Responsible for budget and costs associated with overseeing the Quality Department. This includes compliance and schedules for training, food safety and quality systems audits, and testing methodologies
  • Leads by example in conducting and analyzing company Quality Assurance plans as it relates to HACCP/GMPs and identifying gaps to improve critical control points and preventative measures.  This includes working with the technical services and R&D teams in establishing relevant specifications, monitoring and reviewing analysis, corrective actions, and verification procedures
  • Manages statistical evaluation of results to help improve processing and/or product performance.  Manages projects to reduce costs, eliminate variation, and/or standardize methods. With the operations team manages complaint review and corrective action resolutions. This includes working closely with the regional and HQ team to monitor and track complaints with the goal of reducing complaints through continuous improvement plans
  • Participates as part of the plant management team in the budgeting, people planning, and capital expenditure review process.  Maintains department staff reviews and annual performance goals for individuals and self. May represent plant manufacturing manager or regional quality assurance manager at company and/or industry events
  • Responsible for overseeing all specifications as it relates to finished goods, processing, raw materials, and packaging.  Includes coordination of Kosher and Halal requirements
  • Is primary plant technical point person for new products and/or test runs. Coordinates new project work with regional QA, technical services and/or R&D. Also oversees and monitors any processing projects for the facility so that product quality is not compromised
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Travel may be required

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor Degree in Food Science, Microbiology or related field. 
  • 5+ years of Quality Assurance, Regulatory, Technical, R&D and/or other food science related experience, including 3+ years of direct people leadership experience.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong leadership, team building, interpersonal and supervisory skills
  • Ability to prioritize decisions and actions using problem solving and creative thinking approaches with good project management skills
  • Good knowledge in executing and maintaining worker safety and quality systems programs 
  • Must have basic knowledge of federal, state, and relevant local regulations and standards related to worker safety, food safety and quality and aspects of FSMA  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good computer skills including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and ERP or related  


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Albert Lea

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