Quality Assurance Supervisor

at Empirical in Holcomb, Kansas, United States

Job Description

Join the future of food!

At our company we strive for continuous improvement, not only in our processes, but in our people.  High quality employees allow us to remain on the leading edge of innovation.  With you, we make things better!

Position Overview

The Quality Assurance (QA) Supervisor is responsible for insuring compliance with company quality standards and USDA quality standards. This includes having verification of raw material receipts, taking raw material samples, and verifying the finished, packaged product. The QA Supervisor is also responsible for the instruction, direction, and performance of the management support and hourly personnel working under his/her guidance. Team member in overall management of the facility. Expect to work on tests and pilot runs of new and improved products and evaluate the results of the pilot programs. Prepare technical reports to enhance research and development (R&D). Assist R&D in developing products that are consistent with our expectations for quality, safety, value, and wholesomeness. Responsible for taking product samples, performing various tests, and analyzing the lab results from such test samples, including trending, grading, quality, and functionality validation. Quality control personnel also participate in design reviews and provide feedback on error detection for new products and process quality.

Job Functions

  • Responsible for an efficient and timely transition from production to sanitation process. Ensure efficient shift change and full communication of related items to supervisors. This includes accurate and timely data entry into logbooks, spreadsheets, and other recordkeeping mechanisms, along with effective verbal communication to appropriate personnel.
  • Ensure equipment is assembled, disassembled, cleaned properly, and is ready for production. Responsible for maintaining high standards of safety and plant cleanliness, meeting or exceeding all Company and quality control program guidelines and requirements.
  • Perform audits and inspections to ensure QA activities are being performed effectively, accurately, and in a timely manner, meeting or exceeding the Company’s compliance guidelines. Activities include sampling efforts, labeling compliance, inspection of equipment, facility audits, inventory audits, etc.
  • Ensure raw material and equipment are prepared for inspection, meeting or exceeding all sanitation guidelines. May act as a liaison with USDA to maintain compliance with all quality control programs such as SOP, SSOP, HACCP, and grade labeling programs.
  • Immediately report or correct any production problems during shift. Communicate to plant management any issues requiring special attention during shift. Communicate with both maintenance and production management to coordinate activities.
  • Supervise and may perform shipping, receiving, and inventory control functions. May perform backup coverage to other areas as needed.
  • Audit paperwork and ensure proper communication to personnel has occurred. Responsible for the proper maintenance and retention of quality assurance documents.
  • Ability to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities

  • Basic math skills.
  • Experience in Microsoft Office Excel.

Demonstrated Competencies

  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise complex technical operations.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to interpret and analyze data from a wide variety of sources.
  • Effective problem-solving skills are required.
  • Ability to work and develop successful employees, fostering and leading in an environment of cooperation.
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of employees, both in verbal and written form.
  • Must have regular and punctual attendance.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift, push, and pull up to 60lbs.
  • This position requires walking, standing, twisting, reaching, bending, climbing, and lifting.
  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, including weekends.

Experience: Minimum of 1 year of plant production experience or equivalent is required. Experience in a supervisory or leadership role is preferred.
Education: High School diploma, an equivalent, or verifiable ability to perform essential job functions.
Department: Quality Assurance
Reports to (if applicable):

Our company is known for its competitive pay, benefits, and opportunities to advance.  Depending on position benefits may include:  Health/Dental/Vision, Disability, Life, Flex Medical and Dependent Care, Matching 401(k), Profit Sharing, Paid Vacation and Holidays.

Our company is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII.  The company prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled

Post offer physical and substance testing required.

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Job Posting: 12432694

Posted On: Feb 23, 2023

Updated On: Oct 25, 2023

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