Job Title: HACCP / FSQA Lead
Backup: FSQA Manager
Reports To: FSQA Manager
FLSA: Non-Exempt Hourly
Pay Rate: $21-$23/hour

SUMMARY
Under the direction of the Food Safety Quality Assurance (FSQA) Manager, the HACCP / Food Safety Quality Assurance Lead is responsible for assisting in the management of the Quality Assurance and Food Safety systems. The Lead ensures that the regulatory requirements per FSIS-USDA are followed. This position should be able to perform the duties of the Quality Assurance Manager, Quality Assurance Lead, and Quality Assurance Technician as required. The position requires working any hours from Pre-Op inspection to the end of production as necessary.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• First and foremost, the FSQA Lead is responsible for working as a QA Technician and ensuring that these duties are covered daily (as needed).
• In the absence of the FSQA Manager, the Lead will be responsible for performing record review, completing foreign material incident reports, SSOP and HACCP deviation reports, etc.
• Assist in training and developing FSQA technicians.
• Keep FSQA manager informed daily of problems incurred during the shift. Provide leadership, coaching and accountability to FSQA Technicians.
• BRC program participant, responsible for their department’s knowledge and compliance to the BRC standard – includes: Housekeeping and Hygiene in High-Risk and High-Care Zones/Waste/Waste Disposal in High-Risk, High-Care Zones/Protective Clothing in High-Risk and High-Care Zones; Control of Non-conforming product; Documentation, Records; Management of allergens; Personal Hygiene/Protective clothing; Corrective & Preventative Actions; Housekeeping and hygiene; Chemical and Physical Product Contamination Control; Product Inspection and Laboratory Testing/Product Release; Chemical and Physical Product Contamination Control; Written HACCP Program and records.
• Ensure proper coverage of Quality Tech positions in the absence of the FSQA Assistant Manager and/or FSQA Manager.
• Assist with the daily record review of Food Safety, Quality and, Production records
• Assist with product quality attributes tracking and trending
• Assist with the microbiological sampling program including any of the following: preparing, labeling, collecting micro swabs, interpretation of results from 3rd party laboratory, preparation of customer specific COA’s.
• Responsible for placing nonconforming product on hold and notifying relevant departments of the holds.
• Participate in the investigation and corrective actions for foreign material findings
• Assist in validation and verification of pre-requisite programs
• Assist with FSQA Program and document management
• Participate in investigations regarding QA tech performance and recordkeeping
• Responsible for releasing non-conforming products and notifying relevant departments of the release.
• Make decisions regarding corrective actions
• Performs Pre-Operational Inspection
• Assist with Traceability Exercises as needed.
• Maintain good communication and working relationship with FSQA team members, operations, and USDA personnel.
• Other duties as assigned.

Share Supervisor Responsibilities such as but not limited to:
• Record data collected from audits into computer-based data sheets with attention to detail and accuracy. Graph and trend data using MS Excel.
• Filing and scanning of QA Paperwork
• Verify that checklists / paperwork are updated and correct
• Monitor FSQA technicians for effectiveness of job duties and relate to manager

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Strong working knowledge of Quality Systems including HACCP
• GMP and SSOP
• Knowledge of prerequisite programs.
• Ability to maintain concentration while performing tasks over period of time.
• Ability to work well with others.
• Ability to communicate effectively both written and orally.
• Ability to coordinate actions in relation to others’ actions.
• Know how to collect and identify essential information.
• Knowledge of clerical procedures and systems such as filing and records maintenance and Microsoft Office Products including Word, Excel and Outlook.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
• Quality Assurance and Food Safety experience of 3+ years in meat processing or value-added food processing.
• Strong working knowledge of Quality Systems including HACCP, GMP, SSOP
• HACCP Certified within the first 180 days.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Ability to read, write and communicate in English. Bilingual; English and Spanish a plus, but not required.

CONTACTS:
Communicates with internal and external customers with tact and discretion. Applies broad knowledge of products and services when communicating with individuals outside the immediate work area/department.

REASONING ABILITY:
Ability to apply disciplined knowledge to analyze and resolve problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.

CERTIFICATE, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
HACCP Certified within the first 180 days.

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 qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Requires full range of body motion to include lifting, bending, twisting, kneeling, pushing, pulling, reaching outward and overhead, stopping, and squatting
• Regularly required to sit or stand, and move about the production floor
• Position requires frequent walking and/or standing on even concrete surface or on fatigue mats, which may at times be slippery due to marinates, water, and other liquids associated with the production process. May walk up to multiple miles per workday while performing essential duties
• The ability to maintain one’s balance while performing the required work tasks is essential
• While in the production area Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as hair and beard nets, rubber soled shoes, smocks, rubber gloves and hearing protection is required
• Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range
• May require unassisted lifting or a variety of objects from various positions, which range in weight from 5 to 60 pounds with an average weight of 34 to 37 pounds
• Utilizes a variety of hand positions that requires hand and finger dexterity, including the use of mouse and keyboard
• May be exposed to strong odors such as marinate from seasoned meats
• Since the facility operates one shift – may work late to provide coverage until production is finished.
• The job is fast paced and the ability to deal with job demands and stress is essential. Will often be working under pressure of production deadlines or emergency situations
• Will work with a variety of personalities, and employee classification/positions both internally and externally, the ability to work cooperatively and get along with others are critical
• Creation of specifications and/or labels. Label submissions to regulatory agency for approvals as necessary.

Full-time regular position that works Monday through Friday, generally 8-10 hours per day, Saturday / Sunday hours when production runs. Some travel might be required.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• The office environment is typically climate controlled of 68ºF to 72ºF and clean, with normal air contaminants, such as dust, typically found in an office environment
• The indoor production environment is climate-controlled of -40ºF to 45ºF with regular exposure to prolonged noise
• While in the production area, all employees are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to include hair and beard nets, rubber soled shoes, smocks, and hearing protection and hard hats.

 

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