Sr. Supplier Quality Specialist
Van Drunen Farms

Momence, Illinois


The Van Drunen Family of Companies is growing!

JOB OVERVIEW:

The main responsibility of the Senior Supplier Quality Specialist will be to support and maintain the Van Drunen Family of Companies risk-based vendor and raw material approval program. This person will be responsible for conducting thorough risk assessments on all incoming raw ingredients to ensure they meet the food safety standards required by Van Drunen Farms and FutureCeuticals. They must be able to communicate effectively with vendors and internal staff members. Further, they will help to capture and record vendor information to track and trend quality metrics as part of a vendor scorecard. In addition to managing vendor and raw material concerns, this staff member will work together with Product Line, Plant Quality Managers and the broader Quality team, to drive continuous improvement. This position requires exceptional communication and organizational skills, a problem-solving approach, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Review raw materials to determine if they meet FSMA and VDF requirements related to food safety.
  • Perform risk assessments for raw materials used for both food and supplement ingredients.
  • Determine the risk (microbiological, chemical, physical, economic) associated with each raw material and determine how the material will fit into the VDF food safety plan.
  • Ability to understand and apply current FSMA and FSVP regulations.
  • Work with staff members across the company to maintain vendor information.
  • Perform risk assessments for raw materials used for both food and supplement ingredients
  • Partner with vendors to address any raw material, processing or manufacturing site concerns.
  • Relay accurate and detailed information regarding prospective and existing vendors, raw material applications, product failures and concerns to various groups within the company.
  • Work with various groups/teams within the company to drive continuous improvement.
  • Virtual and/or travel required to conduct physical audits of new and existing vendors to determine if they meet FSMA and VDF requirements related to food safety.

JOB EXPERIENCE:

5+ years of quality assurance related experience in food manufacturing or food supply chain management

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
  • Food facility auditing experience
  • Working knowledge of food safety plans (PCQI or HAACP), certifications preferred
  • Experience working with co-manufacturers
  • Working knowledge of 21 CFR 111 and/or 21 CFR 117
  • Previous experience developing Standard Operating Procedures preferred
  • Well developed listening, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Must be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities.
  • Must be a problem-solver who uses good judgement.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, e-mail.

EDUCATION:

Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, food science, or closely related field

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Office-based work with occasional visits and interactions within manufacturing locations.

In the Van Drunen Family of Companies, commitment to excellence is in everything we do! As a global ingredient and nutritional supplement supplier to the world's best companies, we thrive on nourishing others with our products and our care for people. If you are looking to make an impact and grow with a family-friendly, values-driven company, you'll fit right in with the Van Drunen Family of Companies!

We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our employees are the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, creativity, innovation, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our Company's achievement as well.

The Van Drunen Family of Companies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance or an accommodation during the application process, please contact us at recruiting@vandrunen.com.

Van Drunen Family of Companies does not accept unsolicited resumes. Any resumes, CV's, and other unsolicited assistance from search firms that do not have a submitted request and written search agreement for a position-specific requisition will be deemed the sole property of Van Drunen Family of Companies and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by our Company.



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