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Quality Manager

Meade PotatoLobinstown, County MeathFull-timePermanent

The Quality Manager is responsible for overseeing and leading the work of the Quality Team in the QA department. You will be prepared to carry out internal audits on a routine basis & maintain Quality Control / HACCP procedures on a daily basis. Knowledge of BRC, Global Gap, IOFGA & Bord Bia standards is desirable & leading out scheduled & unscheduled technical audits.

Supervision Duties:

  • Delegate responsibility and expect accountability and regular feedback.
  • Maintain employee work schedules including assignments, job rotation, training, time off/holidays, rosters and cover for absenteeism.
  • Coach employees for performance and attendance.
  • Ensure all Quality related matters are communicated to management.
  • Liaise with customers on returns, customer complaints and any queries they may have.
  • Ensure specifications are in place for all raw materials and finished products.
  • Ensure all the quality records for the production floor are covered in document control and are updated when required.
  • Track and trend volumes returns data and identify areas of weakness/strengths and present to Senior Management.
  • Hold monthly Quality Team meetings.
  • Ensure GMP/Glass and Hard Plastic Audits are carried out monthly.
  • Ensure Shelf Life monitoring is completed on a scheduled basis and any trends communicated to the procurement department.
  • Ensuring Supplier Approval is kept up to date and all suppliers hold 3rd party accreditation.
  • Highlight to the procurement department if any supplier is out of their accreditation date (Bord Bia has expired).

Quality Duties:

  • Carrying out quality inspections on produce at intake, during production and finished product stage.
  • Complete attaching quality reports accordingly.
  • Completion of daily record keeping that maintains Quality management Systems, E.g. Scales/temperature checks, etc.
  • Sending Quality reports to Suppliers daily and reviewing raw material quality on a continuous basis.
  • Communicate details to the Quality/Production/purchasing teams on the quality/shelf-life of produce being received by MPC.
  • Ensuring HACCP (food safety) principles are continuously met for product safety and process control.
  • Ensuring good manufacturing and housekeeping practices are in place at all times including completion of routine cleaning check sheets when required.
  • Liaising with the Supervisors, Line-Leaders, General Operatives and Buyers on quality of produce on a daily basis.
  • Maintain customer and supplier specifications for all products.
  • Ensuring BRC, Global Gap and TFMS requirements are maintained as set down in the relevant standard.
  • Carrying out internal audits on a routine basis/ when required.
  • Endorses an “Audit Ready Every day” and Customer Focused Culture
  • Ensuring and cross-checking traceability for each delivery and contact all foreign suppliers to obtain traceability in advance.
  • Communicate your work plan and envisaged daily and weekly tasks with Management in advance.
  • Assist management with any ad hoc duties requested or in their absence.

Key Experience and Skills:

  • 3rd Level qualification in relevant Discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience within a food manufacturing environment
  • Prior Supervisor experience is essential
  • BRC / IFS Food Safety Certification, HACCP, Bord Bia, Food Service and Retailer
  • Codes of Practices and food manufacturing is essential
  • Knowledge of Lean/Six Sigma Principles
  • Ability to delegate to a team but also ability to work on own initiative
  • Must have excellent communication skills both oral and written
  • Computer literate
  • Quality Risk-based thinking and decision making
  • Must be able to prioritise and organise tasks
  • Natural ability to work in team-oriented environment

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