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QA Manager


Location: Thornton, IL 

Exemption: Exempt 




Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Plans, coordinates and directs the quality assurance program designed to ensure that the plant and finished products conform to all customer, federal and state regulatory requirements, as well as, implements and maintains Ventura Foods Corporate Quality Assurance polices and procedures.  The incumbent also facilitates the quality improvement program and serves as the plant liaison in dealings with regulatory agencies and client companies.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides direct supervision to subordinates (QA and Sanitation Supervisor), including making hiring/firing decisions, providing training and development opportunities, and conducting performance reviews, coaching sessions, and weekly 1x1 meetings with direct reports.
  • Maintains and improves product quality by completing product and compliance audits, investigating consumer complaints; collaborating with other members of management to resolve issues.
  • Maintains the food safety aspect of the plant by periodically performing internal audits of the facility to verify that procedures mandated by the company, state and Federal governmental agencies are being adhered to. This includes GMPs, Sanitation, Food Safety Plans, and Safety.
  • Acts as plant liaison in dealings with regulatory agencies and client company representatives and auditors. Reviews and maintains all required processing records and regulatory inspections and reports. Provides support to R and D on projects as needed.
  • Maintains all aspects of the Quality Assurance Laboratory, including microbiological, chemical, physical and sensory aspects of all food products manufactured at this facility. This also includes coordination of the sampling and testing with Production.
  • Ensures that all preventative measures as outlined in Food Safety plan are excuted, monitored, and record reviewed to include corrective and preventative actions.
  • Oversees the Pest Control program in the facility through coordination with contracted pest control service representatives.
  • Develops, updates and implements the plant Food Safety  program. Directs the cross-functional Food Safety team, including regular plant audits and monthly team meetings. Ensures that plant personnel is properly trained on a regular basis and that training is effective.
  • Manages departmental priorities and training for quality and sanitation.
  • Follow all company policies and procedures.  Comply with all GMPs, food safety and quality procedures to ensure that food safety and quality objectives are met.  Comply with all safety policies and procedures to maintain a safe work  environment.  Report all safety, food safety and quality problems to management. Work cooperatively with others both those on your team and with  on other teams.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Food Science, Microbiology or related field or equivalent experience. 
  • Demonstrated increasing responsibility in a fast-paced manufacturing environment in the food industry. 
  • 5+ years experience in the Quality Assurance field as well as 3 years supervisory experience is desired.
  • Experience with dressing and sauce technology preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong leadership, team building, motivator.
  • Able to prioritize, be decisive, strong communication and administrative skills are required


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


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: Chicago

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