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Senior Quality Assurance Manager
Beverage Manufacturer

Are you a perfectionist when it comes to food safety & quality?
Do you have beverage bottling & canning experience? 
Do you have a passion for coffee?

If you answered yes to these questions, we have a great opportunity for you! This person in this position plays a key role managing the Quality Assurance team in our Richmond, CA plant where we make cold-brew coffee using our unique, patented process. You’ll provide strategic direction and management of the implementation and execution of all programs related to food quality, safety, and regulatory compliance. This hands-on role works on-site at the plant, reporting to the plant’s General Manager.    

Duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide oversight of and direction to Kohana’s Food Safety & Quality Department and facilitate completion of all responsibilities under the company, regulatory, and industry policies and practices; 
  • Drive continuous improvement of the product quality and the QA team, collaborating closely with diverse, cross-functional groups to instill and manage a strong QA- and safety-oriented culture;
  • Proactively identify food safety and quality risks in the product or process development process, communicating risks to cross-functional stakeholders and offering solutions to mitigate those risks; 
  • Be a subject matter expert for internal and external stakeholders as it relates to food safety and quality;
  • Manage active internal audit process to ensure that all support systems supporting Kohana’s GFSI (SQF) standard are operating as intended, plus oversee all SQF audits, customer audits, and regulatory inspections (CDPH, CCOF, Star-K);
  • Work closely with Plant GM, HR, and other to keep training and orientation programs relevant, effective, active, and reflective the current standards that address product quality and food safety;
  • Directly responsible for the management and continued development of all compliance relationships to include FDA, CDPH, CCOF, Star-K, Non-GMO Project; and
  • Work with QA team members and others on a variety of projects as the business grows such as product specifications, supplier approvals, traceability, incident management, and the Company’s Product Recall Plan.

Minimum qualifications for the position include the following:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject such as food science, microbiology, or similar;
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in the food or beverage manufacturing industry, with progressively increasing responsibility for food safety and quality programs, including systems design, management, and implementation;
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience successfully managing others working in the food quality and safety; 
  • Excellent critical thinking and analytical skills, systems-thinker, and proactive, strategic problem-solver who can anticipate potential problems before they occur;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills coupled with effective, positive interpersonal skills and strong EQ; 
  • Must be organized with meticulous attention to detail in order to respond to a range of priorities in an appropriate manner; 
  • Necessary certifications include PCQI, HAACP, and SQF Practitioner with Better Process Control School certification a plus; and
  • Strong computer skills including use of MS Office and other relevant software.

Enthusiasm, high energy, and an entrepreneurial mindset are all necessary for success in our environment.  To learn more, visit www.kohanacoffee.com.  For immediate consideration, send your resume and cover letter (.docx or .pdf format only) with subject ‘QA’ to careers@kohanacoffee.com 

Salary TBD DOE.  No calls & no recruiters please.  EOE.

Protein Research (Livermore, CA) is currently interviewing for a R&D Food Scientist/Formulator to provide effective and functional technical leadership for customized formulas, product innovations and product optimization projects.  Protein Research is a leading contract manufacturer of nutritional and dietary supplements. 

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: R&D Food Scientist/Formulator DEPARTMENT: R&D
REPORTS TO: Senior Director of R&D
CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

SUMMARY:
Provides effective and functional technical leadership for customized formulations, product innovations, and product optimization projects for a contract manufacturer of nutritional and dietary supplement products. Leads product and process development from ideation/pre-formulation through commercialization. Leverages technical insights and product development skills to develop and commercialize new products for current and potential customers. Utilizes standard best practices and procedures for product compliance in conjunction with hands on formulating, scale up and commercialization support. Close partnership with Sales, customers, and cross-functional departments to accomplish company and personal goals.

DUTIES:
The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

  • Leverages technical insights, innovation, and product development skills to develop and commercialize new products for current and potential customers.
  • Works closely with Customers from ideation to commercialization on their products. Works against fast timelines to support new product launches.
  • Supports the needs of production in keeping product running on the lines whether new products are starting in production or there are changes to any formulations.
  • Assists in analyzing existing formulations that may be problematic and are not running well. Make suggestions for improvements.
  • Analyze and provide recommendations to customers who are requesting reformulations, follows the process for reformulations to ensure all changes are made effectively.
  • Provides leadership to champion new innovative ideas and transform into presentable and commercialize-able concepts and prototypes.
  • Provides product and process expertise to assigned accounts.
  • Clearly presents and articulates product ideas, suggestions, and innovations to new and current customers.
  • Identifies, captures, and commercializes new product development opportunities using customer/marketing insights and existing/new technologies.
  • Identifies and qualifies new equipment and/or processes for new product commercialization.
  • Initiates and monitors lab bench-top and manufacturing scale-up batches.
  • Oversees and assists in flavor optimization of products.
  • Provides technical and scientific input, support, and assistance to other technical disciplines.
  • Creates and updates R&D MMR folders (Master Manufacturing Records) in an accurate and timely manner to support new and existing product commercialization opportunities.
  • Creates and submits product commercialization support documentation (finished product specifications, raw material specifications, label review).
  • Prepares shelf-life testing samples as well as prototype customer samples. Prepares and reviews shelf-life testing protocols. Monitors, evaluates, and summarizes the results of shelf-life testing.
  • Supports Protein Research’s Kosher Certification, NSF, Gluten Free and CCOF (Organic) Certification
  • Partners with local Packaging companies to leverage vendor and network contacts to identify and recommend preferred packaging options for new product opportunities in the Protein Research facility.
  • Supports the R&D process through the identification and sourcing of new, and novel ingredients.
  • Gains full command of internal formulation system for development and commercialization.
  • Develops a network of outside contacts such as customers, vendors, consultants and educators.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry or equivalent.
  • At least four years of experience in food or dietary supplement formulations.
  • Familiarity with sports nutrition and nutraceutical product development.
  • Experienced working with flavor systems and sensory evaluation techniques.
  • Strong formulation skills. Firm understanding of ingredient functionality and nutrition.
  • A sound foundation in Food Science and Chemistry.
  • Nutritional Facts and Supplement Facts Regulatory knowledge a plus
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience conducting plant trials/process validation testing.
  • Familiarity of product shelf-life testing techniques and procedures a plus.
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, MS Teams, Outlook, ERP software and Product Development software (ESHA Genesis)
  • Working knowledge of statistical analysis of data, laboratory instrumentation, troubleshooting, and laboratory analysis
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical procedures

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to do the following:

  • Coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Collect, interpret, and/or analyze complex data and information.
  • Utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard.
  • Sit on an office chair for long periods of time.
  • Stand and walk to and from lab.
  • Reach, twist, kneel, squat body to file and reach office equipment on your desk and to filing cabinets.
  • Use hands and fingers to control equipment for forms of communication. (i.e. phone, email, fax, etc.) by grasping, reaching, and using finger dexterity.
  • Occasionally lift up to 25 lbs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Majority of work is done in an office and lab environment.
  • This position may be required to wear common protective and/or safety gear, i.e. gloves, face mask, hairnet, uniform, etc.
  • This position may be exposed to small particles, odors, and allergens.

To apply, please contact:
Tom Hirschbeck
Senior Director of R&D, Protein Research
925.243.6300 x208
www.proteinresearch.com
thirschbeck@proteinresearch.com

Patagonia Provisions

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General Summary
As the Provisions Product Quality and Safety lead you are responsible for the management and improvement of all quality assurance and food safety systems at Patagonia Provisions.  You will be responsible for elevating and monitoring all manufacturing and supply chain partners by providing risk assessments of new products and facilities to the product team. In this role you will also support the Patagonia retail and sales teams in all FSQA related efforts. You will manage all related documentation by creating a system of policies and procedures with the goal of ensuring the larger supply chain, sourcing and product related activities are completed in manner that identifies risk, establishes control measures and monitors results.

You must be highly detail focused as you will be responsible for organizing large amounts of incoming information and synthesizing that information into actions aimed at improving product quality and consistency.  Knowledge of food safety, quality control procedures, food safety regulations, and a passion for continuous improvement are essential for this role. 

About Patagonia Provisions
With Patagonia Provisions, our goals are the same as with everything we do: We aim to make the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and perhaps most important, inspire solutions to the environmental crisis. We believe there is great opportunity—and an urgent need—for positive change in the food industry.  Patagonia Provisions is about finding solutions to repair the chain.

What You’ll Do:

  • Monitor Co-packers and engage in all activities related to product quality and safety
    • Manage and administer manufacturer (Co-packer) approval and verification programs
    • Monitor Co-packers and engage in all activities related to product quality and safety
    • Collaborate with co-packers to control and maintain consistent product quality
    • Review production samples submitted by manufacturers and provide timely feedback and corrective actions when necessary  
    • Perform regular site visits and coordinate 3rd party evaluations of manufacturers
    • Manage product retain library and administrate evaluations of product shelf-life
  • Manage certifications and submit audit paperwork, to certifying bodies
    • Non- GMO
    • Kosher
    • Fair Trade
  • Manage quality feedback program
    • Evaluate risk of each complaint received and determine appropriate action
    • Maintain database to track trends and provide regular reporting to the larger team
    • Work with manufacturers and vendors on corrective actions resulting from feedback
  • Directly manage all testing of products and ingredients with outside laboratories
    • Manage annual budget for testing
  • Maintain recall readiness
    • Conduct annual mock recall
    • Manage programs and policies associate with recall and traceability of products
    • Serve as FDA contact in the event of a recall  
  • Provide guidance and direction to external partners (both manufacturers and ingredient suppliers) to help improve food safety systems.
  • Coordinate closely with our extended team of food safety scientists and legal experts.
  • Assists Supply Chain Manager in evaluating potential ingredient suppliers
    • Coordinate with co-packers on FSQA documentation requirements for new ingredients
    • Perform FSQA risk assessments for new ingredients
  • Support the sales team’s product demo and sampling efforts to ensure consistency and food safety
  • Provide regular updates and monthly reports of product quality and key performance indicators.
  • In cooperation with the Food Scientist establish systems for the evaluation of existing product lines and provide recommendations on product improvements
  • In cooperation with the Food Scientist investigate technical issues as they arise and report to the larger team with actionable solutions

Who You Are:

  • Passionate: Have passion for the mission of Patagonia Provisions and making a change in food/agriculture space.
  • Organized – able to put plans together and keeping the team/project ahead of schedule
  • Meticulous - extreme attention to detail.
  • Innovative - proven skill at problem-solving and thinking outside of the box.
  • Entrepreneurial – scrappy and comfortable in the “gray” and wearing many hats.
  • Inclusive: deeply experienced in collaborating with others across difference.

Experience You Bring:

  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience in the Food & Beverage industry in quality control or food safety.
  • Robust attention to details and highly organized record keeping and process improvement. 
  • Knowledge of HACCP principles and FSMA rules, trainings and certification a plus
  • Proven track record of increasing responsibility, strong relationship management and ability to focus on large strategic priorities while maintaining focus on the details.    
  • Able to effectively prioritize workload and work independently in a startup environment.
  • Ability and willingness to provide regular sensory evaluation of our products and potential ingredients.  

Employee Conduct
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.

Equal Employment Opportunity
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

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PROTEIN RESEARCH

SUMMARY: Provides effective and functional technical leadership for customized formulations, product innovations, and product optimization projects for a contract manufacturer of nutritional and dietary supplement products. Leads product and process development from ideation/pre-formulation through commercialization. Leverages technical insights and product development skills to develop and commercialize new products for current and potential customers. Utilizes standard best practices and procedures for product compliance in conjunction with hands on formulating, scale up and commercialization support. Close partnership with Sales, customers, and cross-functional departments to accomplish company and personal goals.  

DUTIES:

  • Leverages technical insights, innovation and product development skills to develop and commercialize new products for current and potential customers
  • Works closely with Customers from ideation to commercialization on their products. Works against fast timelines to support new product launches.
  • Supports the needs of production in keeping product running on the lines whether new products are starting in production or there are changes to any formulations.
  • Assists in analyzing existing formulations that may be problematic and are not running well. Make suggestions for improvements.
  • Analyze and provide recommendations to customers who are requesting reformulations, follows the process for reformulations to ensure all changes are made effectively.
  • Provides leadership to champion new innovative ideas and transform into presentable and commercialize-able concepts and prototypes.
  • Provides product and process expertise to assigned accounts.
  • Clearly presents and articulates product ideas, suggestions and innovations to new and current customers.
  • Identifies, captures and commercializes new product development opportunities using customer/marketing insights and existing/new technologies. 
  • Identifies and qualifies new equipment and/or processes for new product commercialization.
  • Initiates and monitors lab bench-top and manufacturing scale-up batches.
  • Oversees and assists in flavor optimization of products
  • Provides technical and scientific input, support and assistance to other technical disciplines.  
  • Creates and updates R&D MMR folders (Master Manufacturing Records) in an accurate and timely manner to support new and existing product commercialization opportunities.
  • Creates and submits product commercialization support documentation (finished product specifications, raw material specifications, label review). 
  • Prepares shelf-life testing samples as well as prototype customer samples. Prepares and reviews shelf-life testing protocols. Monitors, evaluates, and summarizes the results of shelf-life testing. 
  • Supports Protein Research’s Kosher Certification, NSF, Gluten Free and CCOF (Organic) Certification  
  • Partners with local Packaging companies to leverage vendor and network contacts to identify and recommend preferred packaging options for new product opportunities in the Protein Research facility. 
  • Supports the R&D process through the identification and sourcing of new, and novel ingredients.
  • Gains full command of internal formulation system for development and commercialization.
  • Develops a network of outside contacts such as customers, vendors, consultants and educators.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Biology, Chemistry or equivalent.
  • At least four years of experience in food or dietary supplement formulations.
  • Familiarity with sports nutrition and nutraceutical product development.
  • Experienced working with flavor systems and sensory evaluation techniques.
  • Strong formulation skills. Firm understanding of ingredient functionality and nutrition.
  • A sound foundation in Food Science and Chemistry.
  • Nutritional Facts and Supplement Facts Regulatory knowledge a plus
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience conducting plant trials/process validation testing.
  • Familiarity of product shelf-life testing techniques and procedures a plus.
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Ability to manage priorities and meet deadlines
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, MS Teams, Outlook, ERP software and Product Development software (ESHA Genesis)
  • Working knowledge of statistical analysis of data, laboratory instrumentation, troubleshooting, and laboratory analysis
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical procedures

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to do the following:

  • Coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Collect, interpret, and/or analyze complex data and information.
  • Utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard.
  • Sit on an office chair for long periods of time.
  • Stand and walk to and from lab.
  • Reach, twist, kneel, squat body to file and reach office equipment on your desk and to filing cabinets.
  • Use hands and fingers to control equipment for forms of communication. (i.e. phone, email, fax, etc.) by grasping, reaching, and using finger dexterity.
  • Occasionally lift up to 25 lbs.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Majority of work is done in an office and lab environment. 
  • This position may be required to wear common protective and/or safety gear, i.e. gloves, face mask, hairnet, uniform, etc. 
  • This position may be exposed to small particles, odors, and allergens.

Employment type: Full-time

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