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Quality Assurance Manager

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Acara Solutions is looking for a Quality Assurance Manager for a client in Woodland, WA.

The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for ensuring that the Food Safety and Quality Management System is strictly adhered to in order to ensure produce is safe, legal, and quality food product. This position requires a minimum of two years? experience in quality assurance/ management in a federal or state regulated business (preferably within the food industry). The perfect candidate would possess the following: strong regulatory compliance background, positive attitude, good communication skills, personable, excellent leadership skills, detail oriented, realistic, good time management skills, knowledgeable and above all honest, responsible, and self-motivated.


  • Manage all aspects of the Food Safety and Quality Management System (FSQMS)

  • Schedule and Conduct internal, customer, third party, and regulatory audits to ensure certifications maintained and customer standards met. (FDA, BRC, USDA, Customer)

  • Ensure that GMP and internal audits are scheduled, performed as scheduled and any necessary corrective actions are completed.

  • Perform Mock Recall Procedures.

  • Manage supplier approval program and ongoing verification activities are in place to ensure compliance.

  • Develop and manage supplier specifications

  • Manage customer specifications and internal process specifications and ongoing verification activities are in place to ensure compliance.

  • Updating the FSQMS if Product Realization and Contract review generate changes or new information related to food safety.

  • Communicate clearly and effectively food safety concerns that arise.

  • Follow company policies and make sure that all products are safe and legal.

  • Supervise Quality Control personnel (12-18).

  • Keep current on changes within the food industry and government regulations.

  • Provide oversight and management of on-site laboratory including the ordering of lab supplies, overseeing lab technicians, scheduling and overseeing annual proficiency testing, as well as other aspects of the laboratory

  • Responsible for directing the Environmental Monitoring Program

  • Manage positive hold and release policy and implementation.

  • Create Certificates of Analysis.

  • Respond to customer questions and complaints

  • Ensure calibration of measuring devices used in lab and production facility.

  • Ensure written policies and procedures are strictly adhered to.

  • Keep Director of Operations, Plant Manager and other pertinent department heads informed of laboratory results, complaints and other important information.

  • Work overtime as required.

  • Perform other tasks as necessary.

  • Initiate and record corrective actions

  • Oversee company training program


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Required Skills / Qualifications:


  • Required Skills: Minimum of two years? experience in quality assurance/ management in a federal or state regulated business (preferably within the food industry)

  • Ability to present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, employees, clients, customers or general public.

  • Ability to manage and lead a team of Quality Professionals



Preferred Skills / Qualifications:


  • Spanish language skills a plus

  • Continuous Improvement Background (Lean or Six Sigma Certifications a plus)

  • Experience within a GFSI scheme (preferably BRC) a plus



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