Quality Operational Manager

Excellent role for a Quality Assurance Manager in a fast growing FMCG based in South Kilkenny The overall the purpose of this role:- The primary responsibility of the Quality Managers function is to ensure the Optimum performance of the production facility with respect to Food Safety and Food Quality through ensuring that the process together with its systems are robust and capable of meeting the Customer’s specifications. Recognition and full appreciation for how the
Food Safety and Quality system is the vehicle that drives the business at the company is essential.
Reporting to the Head of Food Safety and Quality , Responsibilities associated with this role include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Drive and implement plant wide Process & Quality System Improvements.
  • Lead the HACCP team for the purpose of ensuring a fully integrated food safety business model drives the operations at the site.
  • Be the key challenging food safety player during the introduction of new products and new engineering processes/equipment.
  • Continuous measurement and gap analysis of business processes to ensure compliance to food safety and food quality standards.
  • Manage the Risk Assessment Programme for Raw Materials, Suppliers, process activities and new process introduction within the production facility.
  • Establish networking with supporting food safety bodies such as FSAI, Campden, BRI and other relevant governing bodies.
  • Possess a probing and investigative mind-set in the investigation of customer/supplier complaints and adopt a pro-active approach in the prevention of customer complaints.
  • Manage measure and advice on accepted protocol within the production environment for the prevention of pathogenic activity.
  • Manage the Quality Department to ensure the customers specification/requirements are fully met by the production facility.
  • Develop and implement QAS during the New Product Development process, support factory trials whilst ensuring the consistent manufacture of products to agreed specification post launch.
  • Implementing Quality improvement initiatives in both manufacturing and business processes via the internal audit system.Ensure close out of internal and external audits as priority.
  • Ensure suppliers are effectively approved for the site use in terms of technical, commercial and best for purpose through effective use of risk assessment and audit
  • Customer Interface on Quality improvements & corrective action support on a proactive basis.
  • Developing and managing cost of Quality programme.
  • Driving root cause / corrective actions reviews.
  • Development and reporting of Key Process Indicators for Quality Performance.
  • Proactive Quality engineering support for new Product Introductions.
  • Any other Quality related task as assigned by the Management Team.
  • Driving Customer Quality issues back through Product Design Cycle
The ideal candidate will have a
  • A bachelor degree in Food Science or similar
  • A min of 5 years relevant experience in a FMCG Environment
  • High energy, team player with strong record of meeting aggressive goals and objectives
  • Possess an analytical mind-set for the purpose of solving problems using well proven strategic approaches to identifying resolution.
  • Be a natural leader who desires to bring out the best in people, possessing good interpersonal. Communication and influencing skills.
  • Be a self-starter, work under own initiative, good listener, assertive and highly motivated. Clear demonstration of an ability to provide guidance and motivation to others.
  • Develop strong relationships with all other Departments such as Production, Engineering, NPD and Sales and use these platforms to allow for Technical Strategies to develop and grow.
  • Good PC skills in both Word Processing and Spreadsheet programs is essential. Familiarity with both presentation applications and database applications would be an advantage.