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Quality Assurance Supervisor
balchem
 
Job Location: Verona, MO

COMPANY OVERVIEW:

Balchem Corporation develops, manufactures and markets specialty ingredients that improve and enhance the health and well-being of life on the planet, providing state-of-the-art solutions and the finest quality products for a range of industries worldwide. Our corporate headquarters is located in New Hampton, New York, (Hudson Valley area) and we have a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily located in the US and Europe. Founded in 1967, Balchem is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ BCPC) with annual revenues over $640 million and a market cap exceeding $3.0 billion. The company consists of three business segments: Human Nutrition & Health; Animal Nutrition & Health; and Specialty Products. Balchem employs over 1,400 people worldwide who are engaged in diverse activities, committed to developing the company into global market leadership positions. To learn more about our dynamic, stable and growing company, visit www.balchem.com

PRINCIPAL FUNCTION:

Principal coordinator food/feed safety programs for the site. Develops, implements, and coordinates the food/feed safety program for the site including HACCP/HARPC-based food safety plan, verification and validation of all food safety and preventive control systems. Maintains the food safety manual documenting the written procedures, pre-requisite programs, food safety plan and other documentation necessary to support the development, implementation, maintenance and control of the site food/feed safety management system.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Ensures food/feed safety. Under the supervision of the site quality manager, acts as the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) and qualified SQF Practitioner for the site with responsibility and authority to:
a) Oversee the development, implementation, review and maintenance of the quality system, including food/feed safety fundamentals, registers, the pre-requisite programs and a risk-based food safety plan. b) Oversee a review of the food safety system in its entirety including a review of the risk-based plan, preparation for issuance of an annual quality review and demonstration of a successful mock recall.c) Assist in the verification of all prerequisite programs on a (no less than) annual basis through audits and other meansd) Validate all prerequisite programs and HACCP CCPs (HARPC preventive control programs) on an annual basis.e) Take appropriate action to ensure the integrity of the food safety system. f) Oversee a review of food safety fundamentals and the risk-based plans when any change undertaken at the site could impact either system.g) Communicate all information essential to relevant personnel in order to ensure the effectiveness implementation and maintenance of the food safety system.
  1. Prepare and lead internal audit teams. Perform internal audits according to a published schedule to assure the effectiveness of the food/feed safety system (including the facility and equipment, the identified pre-requisite programs, food/feed safety plans and all cGMP requirements as defined by federal, state, customer and Balchem requirements). Use the incident database to record all deficiencies and track the progress of all corrections and corrective actions. Ensure that all internal auditors are trained appropriately.
  2. Serve as back up to Quality Assurance Specialist for batch record and SOP support.
  3. Ensure that training in cGMP requirements and all tasks critical to the effective implementation of SQF is provided to all new hires and that refresher training is provided on a specified basis. Provide HACCP/HARPC, cGMP and food safety training to plant personnel as required.
  4. As required, assist site quality manager in the investigation of any quality-related incidents and customer complaints with the goal of identifying root cause(s) and corrective/preventative actions.
  5. As required, assist site quality manager in completion of customer questionnaires and audits.
  6. Follow and enforce all safety policies and procedures including use of safety equipment (PPE) and equipment safeguards. Works to advance and promote the safety culture of the site.
  7. Coordinates and leads the sanitation program for food and feed areas. Ensures that all applicable personnel are trained in proper sanitation practices.
  8. Sustains and supports site environmental monitoring program
  9. As required, reviews batch records for completeness and accuracy.
  10. Serves as back-up to the incumbent site quality manager

QUALIFICATIONS:

- Bachelor of Science degree in scientific field required.

- Five years of related analytical experience in an industrial setting with demonstrated supervisory capabilities preferred.

- Experience in HPLC and GC analyses is preferred.

- Documented training in HACCP/HARPC and SQF (or other GFSI standard) preferred.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES:

No unusual physical activity requirements. May be required to scale stairs and ladders, occasional lifting up to fifty pounds.

VISUAL ACTIVITIES:

Ability to distinguish colors and odors. Ability to operate PC and other office and laboratory equipment to include burettes, balances, microscope, chromatographs (GC, HPLC), et cetera.

Environmental Conditions:

Most of the time is spent in an office environment. The conduct of audits will require occasional exposure to the production area with temperatures and noise above ambient levels, proximity to moving mechanical parts, with potential exposure to dust and chemicals.






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