Job description


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Plant Senior Quality Leader/Plant QA Manager

Department: Quality Assurance
Position Type: Management
Position Reports To: Site Leader
Position Supervises: QA Supervisor/Lab Associates/Plant Services Associates
Pay Level: Salaried
FLSA Status: Exempt
Position Summary:

Ensure consistent production of safe, quality product by following corporate and government guidelines. Supervise Quality Assurance associates. Perform all jobs safely, efficiently and accurately to maintain and improve the performance of the entire plant in the areas of Safety, Quality, Reliability (SQR) and our Customer 1st strategy. Provide leadership that embodies our 7 Kroger Manufacturing High Performance Work System principles. Demonstrate the company’s core values of respect, honesty, integrity, diversity, inclusion and safety.
Essential Job Functions:

Provide leadership to the plant in areas of food safety and product quality.
Serve as liaison for governmental inspections.
Participate in corporate regulatory compliance inspections and audits.
Audit plant sanitation process through environmental testing, product testing and physical inspections.
Assure that Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) are consistently and effectively followed and ensure pest control program compliance.
Support quality initiatives by participating in routine Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) walkthroughs and participating in or leading any food safety or quality initiatives.
Monitor to ensure that Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC), Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs), allergen programs, formulations, and finished product consistently meet specification.
Assure that Quality Assurance staff is properly trained and resourced.
Ensure thorough and effective annual training of Safe Quality Foods (SQF), Good Manufacturing Practices GMPs and Food Safety Programs.
Assure that record keeping is accurate and meets Kroger, SQF and government regulations.
Ensure receiving procedures for incoming and outgoing ingredients are in compliance with quality and safety standards.
Investigate consumer comments, collaborate with production on resulting action plans.
Assist Corporate Food Technology (CFT) with product development, product audits and calculation of raw materials.
Provide support to production in continuous improvement effort.
Provide feedback to suppliers to improve relationships and resolve quality issues.
Assist the staff management team in all Safe Quality Food policies and requirements.
Support the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the SQF 2000 Systems.
Accountable to the Kroger Manufacturing Food Safety and Quality Principles.
Supervise and coach direct reports in the performance of their duties; complete performance reviews and provide feedback to direct reports.
Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Minimum Position Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in food science or a related field
Preventative Control Qualified Individual certification
SQF practitioner certified
5+ year’s quality assurance lab experience
Ability to read, analyze and interpret scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents
Ability to apply statistical process control concepts
Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; able to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
Desired Previous Job Experience:

Thorough working knowledge of food safety and microbiological concepts
Plant QA Assistant Manager
Leadership Behaviors: Achieves Results through Teamwork, Coaches and Develops Others, Communicates Effectively and Candidly, Executes with Excellence, Leads Change and Innovation, Leads through Positive Influence, Provides Clear and Strategic Direction, Puts the Customer First. For more information on the Kroger Leadership Behavior model, click here.
Education Level: Bachelor's Required
Required Travel: Up to 25%
Required Certifications/Licenses: None
Regions: South


Nearest Major Market: Columbia
Nearest Secondary Market: South Carolina

About the company

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,425 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 789 convenience stores, 337 fine jewelry stores, 1,109 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Kroger also operates over 80 “The Little Clinic” retail healthcare sites inside select Kroger, King Sooper and Fry’s stores.

Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. For more information please visit

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