Quality Engineer – Illinois
The Quality Engineer works with a Sr. Quality Engineer or under the QSM to provide leadership and technical support to an Operational Business Unit (Packaging and/or Processing), a Site Support Unit (Distribution, Receiving, etc…) or a Functional Program as assigned to ensure Quality, Food Safety and Regulatory requirements are maintained.
- The Quality Engineer will work proactively to manage and drive continuous improvements in total quality systems through direct partnership with Operations, Maintenance and CI to instill quality ownership, knowledge and awareness in all aspects of making, packing and shipping our products.
- Must possess the capability and commitment to perform in-depth, fact-based assessments of manufacturing operations to identify losses and gaps in program, process or procedure as a part of the Zero Loss Journey.
- Provides technical expertise to the Manufacturing Operation by identifying program and process variation and implementing corrective and preventative actions via proven practices or innovative technology.
- Actively establish and/or improve standards for manufacturing practices and methods that will produce uniform products in compliance with company specifications and all government regulations. Used as a training and development position.
- Leader in providing statistical information and managing issues in weight control, product composition, product attributes, consumer complaints and other areas as required.
- Provide leadership in the identification and implementation of product and process quality improvement opportunities and resultant productivity gains. Maintain current capability data on all systems.
- Support Corporate Quality, SARA, R&D and Engineering teams to ensure that product specifications, analytical procedures, sampling programs and control systems are appropriate and meet system capability and key consumer requirements.
- Support IL6S loss elimination processes as well as product and process improvements through the implementation of tools such as 6W2H, Centerline Management, MQM, PDM and other designed of experiments capabilities.
- Support sanitation and food safety inspections to ensure root cause of deviations are determined, standard and acceptable operating conditions are reestablished and corrective and preventative actions are implemented through collaboration with the Compliance Manager and the impacted business unit or department.
- Provide leadership for operations and quality technicians across all shifts through strong floor presence and the provision of Standard Of Identity (SOI) support, program and regulatory expertise, management and disposition support on out of specification product or regulatory non-compliance issues.
- Provide support to the Sr. QE, the QSM and Compliance Manager in the delivery of new hire on boarding for hourly and salaried members of quality.
- Coordinate timely communications with customers and suppliers through specification compliance verification and consumer complaint review to insure that finished products meet customer’s expectations.
- Audits quality systems (i.e. Sanitation, Housekeeping/GMPs, Recall Traceability, HACCP, QCMS) for compliance and effectiveness, and reports deviations and inadequacies to the appropriate Business Unit Manager, Quality Systems Manager, and Plant Manager. Makes recommendations for correction or improvement.
- Supports audits of the conditions and practices at outside warehouses containing company products when needed.
- Audits formulas, batch sheets, cost specifications and lab standards to ensure that all are correct and current and drives corrective actions where necessary.
- Support the design and implementation of commercialization and other plant trials and start-ups.
- Supports the plant hold/release program for raw materials, packaging supplies, and finished product grading to efficiently disposition held products and/or materials.
- Collect, analyze and interpret in-process and analytical data to support quality retargeting and other improvements and optimizations.
- B.S. degree or higher in a science or engineering related field or B.S. degree or higher in other fields with 1-2 years of experience in a food manufacturing plant quality department.
- Ability to influence diverse audiences/customers and provide technical leadership to cross-functional teams
- Willingness to work flexible schedules as needed to support a 7-day per week, 24-hour per day production facility. Work schedules will include occasional off-shift, weekend, and on-call support.
- Ability to meet physical demands of job (climbing, stooping, crawling, lifting, etc…) related to working in a dusty, cold or sometimes humid environment as well as sensory on foods which may contain allergens.
- Ability to use scientific principles and statistical methods to investigate manufacturing problems to formulate fact-based solutions.
- Very strong computer skills (applications, input and processing)
- Experience with GFSI certification (FSSC 22000 preferred)
My client is an iconic food manufacturer who has a deep portfolio of admired food & beverage brands that can be found in the pantries and refrigerators of virtually every household in the United States and Canada. 80% of their sales are in categories where they hold the #1 or #2 market position. They are looking for innovative thinkers with fresh ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit. Don’t miss this opportunity to join an amazing team.