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Corp Food Tech Fresh and Produce Food Safety Quality Manager

Company Name: Kroger Manufacturing
Position Type: Employee
FLSA Status: 10



Position Summary

Leverage technical expertise and leadership to assure safety and quality of Produce Kroger branded and Fresh Kitchen products. Work closely with and monitor farms, packing houses, distribution centers and fresh food facilities to maintain relevant Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification. Ensure all labeling and packaging meets legal requirements. Demonstrate the company's core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.

Essential Job Functions

  • Ensure food safety/quality plans for all processes at fresh food facilities; including inspection plans, product testing protocols and methodologies
  • Oversee field team that performs regulatory food safety, sanitation compliance/quality systems audits at supply chain operations/facilities, issue written reports, assist in developing improvement plans and monitor progress against objectives
  • Oversee field team/production facility's root cause/corrective action processes to ensure timely completion and thorough analysis of root cause/corrective actions; ensure effective implementation of sustainable changes to prevent reoccurrence
  • Develop/maintain appropriate GFSI scheme policies, procedures, training materials, logs, documentation, certificates of analysis, product specification sheets and records to ensure certification standards are met
  • Analyze customer comments; partner with facilities to resolve product quality and food safety issues
  • Collaborate with product development teams to maintain/improve finished product specifications
  • Compile/analyze statistical data and product specification information to determine standards; help establish finished product quality/reliability expectations
  • Ensure effective environmental monitoring programs are established and followed
  • Identify and drive continuous improvement
  • Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles
  • Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties: complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports
  • Must be able to perform the essential job functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Minimum Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in food science technology, dairy science, bakery science, food microbiology or related field
  • HACCP certification, PCQI, internal auditor training or related functions
  • 5+ years of experience in quality assurance and food safety/quality systems in fresh food prep or manufacturing
  • Any experience and expertise to validate changes to food safety fundamentals, food safety plans and food quality plans that impact the Kroger manufacturing network's ability to deliver, safe quality food
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills
  • Excellence in project management, problem solving and execution
  • Advanced knowledge in food microbiology, refrigerated foods, U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA regulations, specialty ingredients or supplement regulations
  • Ability to provide leadership to promote quality concepts/principles and to develop/administer the Kroger Co. Quality Management System
  • Desired Previous Experience/Education

  • CQA
  • Any experience with statistical process control (SPC) and Lean/Six Sigma
  • Any experience implementing/maintaining robust quality systems (e.g., ISO 9001, 22000, SQF, BRC)
  • Proficient with product lifecycle management (PLM), Redzone, MS Teams, othe4r LIMS systems and SharePoint

    Education Level: Bachelor's Required
    Required Travel: Up to 25%
    Required Certifications/Licenses: None
    Position Type: Full-Time

    Regions: General Office- Cincinnati


    Jobs at Kroger Manufacturing: Through quality products, strong individual commitments and team spirit, Kroger has been established as a leader in the manufacturing industry. Kroger Manufacturing provides career development programs aligned with aspirations in Engineering, Process Management, Information Systems, Quality Assurance, Operations Management, Human Resources, Finance and Procurement. Our work force programs provide technically challenging rotations with cross-functional teams, plants and locations to allow our Associates to learn from some of the brightest minds in the business. Experience and training combined with mentoring and guidance from plant sponsors prepare our Associates with the skills and leadership behaviors needed to achieve a successful career at Kroger.


    Company Overview: Kroger Family of Companies employs nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names.  At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.  We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  Careers with The Kroger Co. and our family of companies offer competitive wages, flexible schedules, benefits and room for advancement.

     Posting Notes:  OH || Cincinnati || 1014 Vine Street || 45202 || Kroger Manufacturing || None || Food Technology || Employee || Exempt || Full-Time || None 

    Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

    Job Segment: Information Technology, IT Manager, Food Safety, Developer, Technology, Quality

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