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Corporate Quality and Food Safety Manager

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Date: Sep 25, 2021

Location: Irwindale, CA, US, CA 91706

Company: Bonduelle

What if your job had a real impact? 

By joining Bonduelle, the world leader in ready-to-use plant-based food, you are deciding to make a positive and sustainable impact on yourself, others, and the planet. You will play an active part in our mission: "inspire the transition toward a plant-based diet to contribute to people's well-being and planet health". Bonduelle is a family-run company of 14,600 people which provides over 100 countries with vegetables. 

Well established in the United States, our business unit includes 4 production facilities with more than 3,200 associates. We process fresh vegetables, salads and meal solutions with our own brands: Ready Pac Foods®, Bistro®, Ready Snax®, Cool Cuts® and Bonduelle Fresh Picked™. Join us at Bonduelle to start an adventure where people come first and contribute to a better future through plant-based food!

Position Summary:

The Corporate Quality and Food Safety Manager is responsible for establishing and maintaining a harmonized Quality Management System (QMS) covering both Quality and Food Safety programs. This includes implementing and improving electronic QMS for the Corporate and all facilities to drive compliance and inspection readiness. This position effectively collaborates with cross-functional departments to ensure documentation is designed and implemented in a compliant manner including applicable regulatory requirements. Additionally, this position collaborates with the Quality leaders at every site to develop, maintain a harmonized quality system and perform internal audits to verify compliance. The Corporate Quality and Food Safety Manager provides quality oversight to the training, change control, and document control systems to ensure procedures, documents and materials comply with QMS requirements.


Position Responsibilities:

Primary Duties

  • Ensure Corporate QMS procedures, forms, policies etc. that are in compliance with applicable regulations, standards and customer requirements.

  • Works with facilities to ensure Corporate QMS procedures are fully implemented. 

  • Works with cross-functional teams such as Operations, Engineering, Sanitation, Innovation and Development etc. to develop or review quality and food safety programs, build relationships and resolve issues.

  • Performs internal audits/assessments at facilities to verify compliance to established programs. Schedule and perform audit activities, including pre-audit planning, audit execution and evaluation, and post-audit follow-up and recommendations.  

  • Develops and delivers effective communications that provide partners at all levels with appropriate awareness and knowledge of standards, program updates and process changes.

  • Establishes the process for tracking QMS activities, engages stakeholders and leads the QMS meetings. 

  • Establishes and maintains the lifecycle of controlled documents including but not limited to the records management system (i.e. version control, document distribution, archival, retrieval, retention and destruction).

  • Assists facilities with third-party audit readiness such as SQF, Commercial Food Sanitation etc. and serve as a single point of contact from the Corporate team during such audits. 

  • Other related responsibilities as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • BS degree in Food Science or related field. MS degree in a related field is preferred.

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in Quality Assurance and Food Safety or related function within the food processing field.

  • At least 5 years of experience in supervisory, management, and leadership roles.

  • Thorough knowledge of food safety regulations (USDA, FDA etc.).

  • Experience working with Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audit schemes such as BRC, SQF etc. 

  • Technical proficiency in Google, Microsoft, QMS applications etc. 


Additional Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team 

  • Ability to analyze complex data, draw conclusions and make recommendations 

  • Ability to articulate and sell quality assurance programs and continuous improvement goals to involved stakeholders

  • Ability to assimilate new information quickly and react positively to new and challenging opportunities 

  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal customers and peers 

  • Ability to make progress in spite of setbacks or lack of clarity 

  • Ability to manage and resolve conflicts 

  • Ability to operate effectively in a fast-changing environment 

  • Ability to solve problems through data, processes and influencing skills 

  • Knowledge of quality assurance program methodologies and implementation within a manufacturing environment

  • Flexible schedule

  • Must be able to manage projects from beginning to end

  • Ability to travel (25-50%)

Bonduelle Fresh Americas is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe in hiring individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a workforce that truly reflects our communities. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to veterans and individuals with disabilities or special needs during the application process and employment. If you need assistance, please contact us at (626) 856-8686 or bfa-info@bonduelle.com.