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Manager, Plant Quality

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Position Overview:

Responsible for ensuring plant compliance to corporate and divisional Quality and Food Safety Policies and Procedures involving the following programs: Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audits, Sanitation, Environmental Monitoring, Foreign Material, regulatory compliance including Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls (HARPC) plan, Net Weight Control, Allergen, Integrated Pest Control, In Process and Finished Product Evaluations, Raw Material and Incoming Raw Materials Approval, Product Formulations, Customer Complaints, Product Startups and R and D Projects. In the event of this person's absence, coverage will be provided by Associate Quality Specialist and Plant Manager.


•Manage all laboratory activities for the testing & evaluation of raw ingredients, processed batches and finished products to meet customer, consumer and corporate specifications

•Develop, implement, monitor and keep current quality assurance and food safety programs in coordination with Corporate Quality and Product Safety group

•Serve as Plant R & D liaison and coordinate plant involvement in corporate R&D projects and test runs

•Assure lab test results are timely, precise and accurate. Provide direct support and supervision to Lab Technicians. •Schedule lab technicians to maintain adequate support for production.

•Assure allergens are being managed appropriately

•Ensure all plant sanitation activities meet corporate and 3rd party standards

Monitor, maintain, and oversee plant •Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point program and Safe Quality Foods (SQF Program)

•Ensure the plant insect and rodent control programs are effective

•Maintain the integrity and calibration of all lab test equipment

•Summarize technical data monthly to identify trends and appropriate corrective actions

•Train, support and motivate subordinates in the performance of their duties

•Respond to customer complaints involving technical or quality issues

•Ensure sanitation and GMP procedures for the plant are effective

•Conduct GMP and sanitation audits of operations and warehouse areas

•Represent the Quality department in department meetings and represent the facility in all regulatory activities

•Monitor and maintain the "Hold, Rework and Return" programs

•Responsible for disposition of all held product with input from the Plant Manager as needed

•Serve as liaison for all technical and quality control issues between operations and sales departments

•Work on special projects and assigned responsibilities outside of QA and Product Safety as needed

•Provide leadership to the plant Performance System; Pillar ownership and Pillar support

•Respond promptly, effectively and accurately to consumer or customer complaints and work with individuals at corporate to resolve as quickly as possible

•Work to reduce potential for foreign material contamination by identifying potential sources and developing corrective actions to prevent occurrence

•Conduct periodic plant GMP audits and inspections and communicate findings to appropriate individuals

•Recommend capital project relative to product quality, food safety and cost improvement

•Accompany regulatory, AIB, customer or rabbinical inspectors and report results as required to St. Louis headquarters

•Work with our third party distribution warehouses with which we are paired in regard to problems with inbound shipments and other sanitation and GMP issues

•Actively participates in association technical committees (American Association of Cereal Chemists) to keep plant current on issues impacting hot cereals and in particular oat based products.

Serve as the technical resource for production.

•Interact as an integral team member with Plant Manager, all managers and group leaders. Works with all others in the administrative group and with bargaining unit Group Members.

•Interacts with our oat product suppliers along with other suppliers, customers, government agencies, outside contractors, and our third party warehouses

•Provides back-up for Associate Quality Specialist


•Directly Supervises Quality technicians and Associate Quality Specialist; provides direct and indirect leadership to the management team and production personnel.


•7-10 Years technical experience in the food industry

•3-5 Years Supervisory/Management experience

•Bachelor's Degree in Food Science, Manufacturing, Production Operations Management or equivalent field of study

•Excellent communication, presentation, and negotiation skills

•Strong computer application skills, network and PC business application software.

•Background in statistical process control, basic financial skills and understanding

•Key Leadership Competencies in addition to Ethics/Values and Integrity/Trust. (Action Oriented, Directing Others, Priority Setting, Decision Quality, Organizing, Process Management)

•Training in cereal product sanitation and GMP required

•SQF Practitioner certified; HARPC certified

•Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with all levels of employees. Utmost honesty, integrity and dependability required

Physical Demands:

•The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

•While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, keyboards, and reach with hands and arms.

•The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific visions abilities required by this job include close visions, distance visions, color visions, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to perform the job successfully. The Company recognizes that an individual with a disability may require an accommodation to enable him/her to successfully perform a job function. Consideration will be given to reasonable accommodations.

Disability Assistance

TreeHouse Foods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers, including those with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to In your email please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting and a description of the position for which you are applying.

EEO Cosiderations

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Posted 01/06/17

Job ID: 20963708
Mactive ID: 46059